Things are going very well around the City recently, with the exception of a water leak Saturday when someone ran over a fire hydrant and broke a six inch water line that was a major link in providing water to many residents on the north side of town. Our water crews worked hard for several hours in waist deep and strong flowing water to clean the break and install a large valve that will prevent the significant water issues if this happens again in that area of town. I appreciate the dedication of all our City employees when there are extra problems to deal with after hours and they respond willingly and immediately, drop what they were planning to do and work hard to provide the extra service to our community.
We are working to get the swimming pool ready for the enjoyment of everyone once the hot weather is here to stay. We are planning to open the pool on May 28, and hope to have the new slide installed by then or very shortly thereafter. There will be scheduled times for open swimming, special times set aside for water exercise, swimming lessons, adult swimming only, and family swims as well as evenings and some weekend periods that the pool can be reserved for parties. A full schedule of pool hours will be published soon, and if you have questions please feel free to call the City office and we will find an answer for you. Also, and very importantly, we are still looking for a few more people who would like to take the training and qualify as a lifeguard. If you are interested, or know a student that might be interested after school is out, now is the time to talk to John Palacio about the needs and how you might fit. If we have enough lifeguards we can provide the full schedule and service our community expects from the pool.
One more announcement that I need to remind our citizens of is that Early Voting in the two contested Commissioner election starts next Monday, April 30 and goes through May 8. Early voting for our municipal elections and the Election Day on May 12 are held at the City Hall on the southwest corner of the square. If you live in District 1 or District 3 of the City, as shown on your voter registration card that you should have received in the mail recently, then you can vote for the candidate of your choice. There should be a listing of the full hours early voting is possible in the notices section, so if you have questions look for it there or call the City offices at 347-6449 and talk with Pattie Grote who is the election coordinator.
We are working to make Mason a great hometown, and with your support and help we will continue to do the things that will make more people aware that this really is the best place in Texas to live and work.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley