A few new things are going on around the city, and I thought you might like to know about them. For starters, you may have noticed if you are driving around town after dark that there are new blue reflectors in the middle of the street at various places. These are being placed in the streets to mark the location of the nearest fire hydrant for the aid of the fire department in locating water sources in case of a fire. The city purchased these new reflectors, and the Volunteer Fire Department is installing them as part of the constant job of improving the emergency services they can provide for our citizens. Next time you see a “blue dot” in the middle of the road say a little prayer for our emergency volunteers, and next time you see a fireman tell them thank you for the very fine job they do in protecting and serving our community every day.
Another change we have at the City Office involves the position of Municipal Court Judge. The City Commission voted to offer the position to Ms. Jill Williams, and she has already started training and has participated in some city activities. Ms. Williams is a trained lawyer and has had several years experience with both criminal and civil legal cases working for County and District Attorneys in other areas of the state. With this background she will bring a new level of legal and ethical background and training that should provide a real benefit to our Municipal Court and thus to our citizens. We welcome Ms. Jill Williams to the city staff, and now we are looking for qualified and competent applicants for the position of Assistant City Secretary which was recently created by the actions of the City Commission.
This coming week should also see the delivery of the prefabricated steel that will soon be assembled to complete the new elevated water storage tower on the west side of town. We have been working towards the necessary permits, site preparation and engineering to tie this new addition into our water system, and we hope that it will become a valuable part of the city water system in the next few months. One of the primary benefits will be the addition of many thousands of additional gallons of water that can be fed into our water system at a beneficial pressure to insure plenty of water to all of our community. The only problem is that it will not be completed and on-line until about the end of the year, and so we need to continue to conserve and not waste water during these hot and dry days of summer. Remember that we are requesting all of our citizens to voluntarily alternate your watering schedule and only water as you really need to so that there is plenty of water for everyone. It is always important to be a good neighbor, and this is one of the best ways we can each conserve a little bit so that our neighbors all have enough for their needs as well.
The other activity that the City Commission is working on during this latter part of the summer is the annual budget that will be adopted in September. We have met and discussed our goals and objectives for the coming year and the future, and now we are working to balance the budget and fund those things that are most important in continuing to improve the services and systems that our citizens count on. If you have a suggestion or idea for the improvement of our town, please take a moment to let one of the Commissioners know, or call me or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure it is given due consideration. Mason is a wonderful hometown and as we work together to bring about positive changes for the future, it will be a better place for our children and our grandchildren to live.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley