The City Commission has met twice this past week to deal with some specific actions, to plan for the coming year and set goals for our City as we build the future for all of us. At the Regular meeting, the Commission approved moving the July and August meetings to the third Monday of the month to allow for a time when we can all attend and be prepared for the concerns that need to be dealt with. We also reappointed Commissioner Anna Velez as Mayor Pro Tem, made a few other appointments, and approved the purchase of a couple of pieces of special equipment that our crews need to continue doing an excellent job of serving our residents.
At a special workshop later in the week, we met and discussed at length the plans and goals that we feel will most improve our community. The City is working on some large projects to insure future service to our town, such as rebuilding and configuring the waste water treatment plant and developing plans for expanding the landfill to meet the needs of future generations of residents. We also discussed the need for updated playground equipment in our parks and additional improvements at the swimming pool, replacements for some of the heavy equipment that our crews regularly use that have been in use for decades and are reaching the end of their useful life, the need for better storm siren coverage around town and the change of our street and yard lights to shielded fixtures that would prevent the ever-expanding light pollution of the Hill Country. We met for over six hours and these are just a few of the ideas we discussed and considered, but if you have concerns or suggestions we continue to want to hear from you about ways we can improve our hometown and make this a great place to live and work. Please feel free to contact me, one of the Commissioners or the City Administrator about any ideas you have for our goal list or specific projects you have in mind that would improve our community and provide new benefits to our residents.
This past week our community also lost one of its shining stars with the death of Lee Graham. Lee was a City Commissioner and served as Mayor in the past, and has been a respected and loved part of Mason for many, many years. His friendly nature and enthusiasm for our students and athletes as well as every person and aspect of our community will be missed. I was reading through some of the articles and ideas I had saved in the past for including in this column, and one just jumped out that I would like to share as I remember Lee. This is from a presentation titled “Living a Life that Matters” and can be an inspiration to each of us as well as a memorial to one of our best citizens, Lee Graham:
·Ready or not, it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
·All the things you collected, whether treasures or baubles, will pass to someone else.
·Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
·The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, where you lived, whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?
·What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
·What will matter is not your success, but your significance; not what you learned, but what you taught.
·What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
·What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion or sacrifice that enriched, empowered, or encouraged others.
·What will matter is the memories that will live in those who loved you; and how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
·Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Lee Graham certainly lived a Life that matters, and we are each encouraged by his example to live a richer life that will be a blessing to each of our friends, neighbors and family. Mason is a great hometown because of each of you who live a life that matters and serves as an example to the rest or our community.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley