Spring has certainly come to central Texas with the abundance of wildflowers showing their colors in the past couple of weeks, and the warm weather that encourages us to leave the windows open and enjoy the fresh breeze. Of course there is also the threat of occasional severe thunder storms, and the green grass and weeds that need to be dealt with and kept from overgrowing the yards around the community. The City of Mason is working hard to keep the new growth from overwhelming our parks and other city property, and trying to meet all of the regular maintenance problems that come with every spring. One of the special ways the City plans to help our residents with their own spring clean-up each year is to provide a free dump time at the landfill. This gives our citizens the chance to do some cleaning around the house and the benefit of taking the garbage to our landfill without paying the regular fees. We will provide this free dumping on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the second weekend in April which will be April 12, 13 and 14. We will be open at the landfill from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday and Friday and 8:00 am to noon on Saturday for you to bring in your loads of yard and household debris. We will not be able to take any special or hazardous waste, or tires at this time, but all of your regular waste will be accepted. If you are planning to bring in limbs and yard debris or metal trash for disposal, it would be best to keep that material separated so that it can be put in the proper places and not mixed in and fill up the trash pit. If there is rain during the scheduled time and the landfill is not assessable, we have scheduled the following weekend as an alternate free dump time. If you have additional questions please call the City offices at 347-6449 and the City staff will work at providing you with answers, or contact John Palacio or myself and we will work with you. Another City issue that I would like to remind our residents about is the continued threat to our water resources and the coming hot weather when summer arrives in the Hill Country. Certainly right now with the rains there are no major concerns, and the City has moved from stage 3 mandatory water restrictions to stage 2 which is voluntary water conservation by our citizens. However, the weather predictions are for a return to hot and dry patterns about the first of June and if these conditions return then the summer will begin to be similar to last year’s drought conditions. The rain is a true blessing during this springtime, but I caution you that the dry weather may return and the threats of wildfire and water shortages may reappear during the coming several months. A Texas drought is seldom a short term situation, and we all need to continue to not take our blessings for granted and conserve our precious water and other resources so that we will be prepared for the times when we again face shortages and problems. Mason is a beautiful place to live and work, and this time of year with the spring temperatures and the wildflowers and green growth are a time to restore our soul and our community. I am pleased to share our community with all of the visitors that come as tourists, but I am most especially glad that I get to stay here and call this corner of heaven my home. Mason is surely the best hometown in Texas and as we continue to work together to improve our community it will only be even better in the days and months to come.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley