The cooler weather, at least in the mornings, has made it seem a bit more like summer is behind us and fall is just ahead. The Puncher football season has gotten off to a great start, and with Friday evening entertainment at the stadium we know fall is coming soon. The City completed the first cycle of spraying for mosquitoes last week and there seems to be a definite reduction in the swarms around town. We had a few citizens question whether we sprayed their neighborhood, but as I pointed out before with the combination of a late evening spraying schedule and the much more pleasant smelling insecticide, there was not as many problems and complaints as in previous years. We will be spraying a second round of the City in the next couple of weeks, but a schedule has not been worked out so if you have questions please call the City office and we will try to find the right answers.
Another problem we are seeing more of is the increased number of garage sale and other announcement signs around town, and particularly those being nailed to utility poles along the streets. It is against City ordinances and is hazardous to our electric crews to have signs nailed up on the poles, so please be aware and do not place your signs on any utility poles. If we find signs in the wrong places we may have someone take them down and return them to you, and potentially City staff could issue citations for placing signs on utility poles. In addition, I have had some citizens complain about garage sale signs being left out and blowing in the wind, and just becoming trash and clutter in our neighborhoods, so if you do put some out please take a few minutes to pick them back up when your sale is over. Regularly I have new residents comment on how clean and neat Mason is, and it takes everyone picking up the litter as we see it to keep the neighborhoods free of trash and debris, and to keep our town cleaner than other small towns in the Hill Country.
Mason is a great hometown, and with fall in the air there is so much more to do and enjoy. The City budget has been set for the coming fiscal year, we are taking care of the services you expect of your town, and with your help we will continue to make this a better place to live and work. If you have any suggestions, concerns or new ideas please let me know and we will work together to make our hometown the best in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley