The wildflowers are abundant throughout the countryside and the ground and trees are starting to have their green covering that tells us that spring is here. The neighborhoods are all looking clean and fresh too, and this is a great time of year to take up walking through town for exercise and enjoyment. One way the City is working to help our residents to keep Mason clean is to offer a free dump weekend at the city landfill, and this spring’s is scheduled for the next few days. We will have the landfill open Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 to Noon and we will be weighing the loads but not charging any fees for dumping during those hours. This will give our community the chance to do some cleaning around the house and the benefit of bringing in your loads of yard waste and household debris without paying the regular fees.
We will not be able to take any tires or any special or hazardous waste 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. We will also have the Recycle Center on Ave F open on Saturday for this special cleanup so you can take care of cleaning both the garbage and the recycling materials all on one day. 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. Be sure and add this special Spring Cleanup and Free Dump at the Landfill to your to-do list for this weekend and take advantage of the free dumping.
One of the other issues that we are working to solve is the need for more responsible young adults to apply for the job of lifeguard at our City swimming pool. It is just a few weeks until school is out, and the pool is being prepared for an active swimming season but we are still a few lifeguards short of a full staff. We would be very pleased if one or more adults would be interesting in helping in this community job so that we could keep the pool open even longer in the late summer when the weather is still plenty hot but so many of our student age lifeguards return to college or have athletics to complicate their schedules. The City is also planning to add one new and exciting feature to the pool this year and has ordered a large pool slide that we expect to install before the pool opens. This addition has been discussed for a couple of years and it is now on the way to Mason to add to the fun and “splash” that makes a community swimming pool a special part of every kid’s summer.
Mason is a great place to live and work when spring comes, and this week we can all pitch in to clean-up and take the garbage to the landfill for free. We also are looking forward to all of the activities of this spring and summer and know that this is the best hometown in Texas to enjoy friends and family. If you have any suggestions or ideas of how we as the City can make this a better place, just drop us a note or come by the City office and talk to us about your concerns.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley