The sunshine and the higher temperatures, along with the fact that about the time you read this school will be out and the high school seniors will be graduated, mean that summer is just around the corner. Summer in Mason means a couple of special activities for the City workers, and some of them have a direct impact on our residents. One of the jobs that we give extra emphasis to during the summer is working on our streets and adding some summer part time help to assist as we clean and patch. As you are driving around town during the next several weeks, please watch for the street crews as they work to clean the right-of-ways and fix the problems with street surfaces, drainage and weed growth.
Another significant area of the City services that sees additional demand during the summer is the water system as our residents maintain their landscape and yards. Last year’s drought caused all of us to be aware of the significant water loss that we have without really noticing as we water our lawns. Although we have had wonderful rains since the first of the year, we need to continue to conserve this precious resource in every way possible. As the summer heats up and the ground dries out I hope that you will continue to voluntarily conserve water and watch how you use it around your home. During most average summer months the City pumps and delivers to the homes and businesses around town over 30 Million gallons of water each month (that is over a Million gallons a day for just our town!!) and every little bit that we can save and not waste may prove a benefit for the future.
A major water related service the City provides each summer is to open and maintain the community swimming pool. This year the pool will be opened on Memorial Day, May 28, and be available for swimming sessions and party rental throughout most of the summer. We have a full staff of lifeguards, including some adults that can keep the pool open for adult swims and during periods when some of the students are not available as lifeguards. We have also ordered and will have delivered this week a vortex slide for the deep end of the pool. The first slide that was shipped to us was damaged in shipment and so we are delayed in getting the slide erected and installed, but it should be ready for the kids to have a fun and exciting addition to their swimming in the next week or two. The pool is ready for an active summer season of children and adults, and we have set a full schedule of swim sessions. If you have questions, need a reminder of the schedule or need to plan a swim party call the City office at 347-6449 and the staff will work to help you.
Mason is a great place to live and play, and summer is a special time for everyone to spend some extra time outdoors and keeping cool. We at the City are preparing for an active summer with the swimming pool, extra activities at the parks and the plans to deal with some particular projects that lend themselves to summer work. If you have any ideas or suggestions that would make this summer even better in Mason just let us know, and together we will all help to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley