This Saturday is Election Day for municipalities around the state, and if you have not voted during Early Voting and live in District 1 or District 3 in the City of Mason you have an opportunity to choose who will represent you for the next two years on the City Commission. There are three qualified candidates in each race that are eager to serve you and help guide the City for the next couple of years and your vote is needed to reach a fair and democratic decision. In addition, there is a contested race for the Hickory Underground Water District board of directors for the place to represent Mason County, and that election will also be held at the City offices on Saturday. This is a particularly important position as our community faces continued hot and dry weather, the threat of San Angelo and future sand mines using our water supply and the need for us to protect the precious water resources for future generations. You can vote for either race at the City offices on the southwest corner of the square from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 12 and have a voice in our community affairs and who will influence the decisions that will be our future.
The Spring activities that I mentioned last week continue for the next several weeks with more fundraisers and High School graduation plans Memorial Day weekend. Last Saturday the Volunteer Fire Department held their annual barbeque and auction, and although I have not heard how much funding was raised there were several hundred people there to eat, enjoy the community fellowship and fill up the donation can with as many dollar bills and checks as possible. With the rain for the past couple of days it does not seem so dry, but the summer months are coming and the expectation is for the land to dry out and the threat of wildfire to increase significantly, so we want to support our fire fighters in every way as they protect us and our property. In a few more days, on Saturday May 19, Habitat for Humanity will host their annual fundraiser and social event and I expect tickets are still available, and the end of school activities are moving into full swing with field trips, special events and finally graduation.
As usual there is a variety of things to do around Mason. If you run out of special events and places to be, the yard and garden probably needs attention and this is always a good time of year to plan outdoor activities or a trip to the Llano river. Take time to be a good neighbor and visit with the other people that make up this great community, and if you see a problem around town that needs attention take a minute to let me or one of the City staff know and we will try to find the right solution.
Mason is a great hometown, and the Spring is always one of the best times of year to enjoy it and share it with our friends and visitors.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley