The past couple of weeks I have written long articles about significant issues, but this week I have just a few things to say about relatively minor concerns around the City. The concern about speed limits and traffic flow around the square is being seriously addressed with the proper Highway Department engineers. The City Administrator, County Judge, Sheriff and I met with them a week ago and discussed our concerns and possible solutions. I believe that we will be working toward making the speed limits on the highways leading into the square consistent and regular, and I hope we will work out the problems with reducing some of the limits a bit. We will also be seeing some improvements in the warning signs signally the curves in the traffic lanes around the square and some better markings for pedestrian crossings, so stay alert as you drive around town and keep your speed below the posted limits as we continue to follow up on the changes we want to see.
Last week the City started spraying for mosquitoes to prevent any further spread of West Nile Virus, and we will be continuing that until we have covered the whole town and are sure that most of these pests are removed. We started Thursday night with the park and the southeast side of town so that the spray and mosquitoes would disperse before the football game Friday, and then we sprayed Friday night on the southwest side of town and around the school so that area would be cleared out before children return to class Tuesday. We will continue until all of our town is covered, and as you can see we have been planning what we feel is the best for our community, but if you have suggestions or other ideas just let us know.
There are always other somewhat minor problems that we are working to solve around town that seldom get mentioned outside the office. The City crews are in need of a better dump truck and we expect to purchase another one in the next month, but that is not something that the average resident will ever be aware of. We are getting carpet samples and looking at bidding for the replacement of the carpet in the Eckert Civic Center in the next several weeks, and we have planned and are ordering materials to put a new ceiling in the Community Building to enclose the blown-in insulation and improve the space so that maybe we can arrange for effective heating and air conditioning. We also have a new lift seat to assist handicapped swimmers get in and out of the pool next year, as this is a new ADA requirement for public swimming pools. These are just a few of the weekly projects we tackle, and as you can see there are many decisions and jobs around the City that are not in the limelight, but we constantly work to maintain and improve the services and properties that the City provides.
Next Monday, September 10, we will have a City Commission meeting at 5:30 at the Eckert Civic Center and we will be having a Public Hearing and then setting the City’s annual budget and tax rate, along with a few other agenda items. We at the City are anxious to keep our citizens informed and involved in the processes of local government, so if you have concerns or comments please feel free to come to the City meetings and let us know. Also, if you have ideas or suggestions just stop one of us anytime and share your thoughts and we will see what we can do to help. Together we will continue to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas and this area the best community anywhere to live, work and play.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley