Today is Halloween, and there are lots of ghosts and goblins dressed for the evening so please be careful as you drive about town. Remember too that the Volunteer Fire Department gives free light sticks to any child who stops by and asks, as a way to make sure everyone in our community stays safe and visible as they go around town. Another challenge for the end of October for the City staff is that this is the end of our fiscal year and there are some extra financial reports and bookkeeping that need to be taken care of. I am sure that there are no significant problems, and the rest of the crews have been working hard to get some last minute projects completed so that their expenses can be booked to this year rather than carried over into the new fiscal year.
If you drop something off at the Recycle Center check out the roof extensions the City crews have just completed to provide additional coverage during bad weather. If you have some activities at the Eckert Civic Center you will immediately notice that we have had new carpet installed that is high quality commercial grade and new vinyl flooring in the halls, restrooms and the kitchen area. The new flooring makes a wonderful change and addition to a facility that has grown in use by the community so that it is occupied by some group several times most weeks. Some of the other additions will not be as noticeable to the public, such as the full truck load of new electric/telephone poles that came in a couple of weeks ago, but for the day to day operations of our City utility crews every change makes for a positive addition to how they can provide the excellent service you expect from our crews.
One further bit of news that I need to share is that Monica and I are going to be out of town for the next couple of weeks for a restful vacation that we have been putting off all year. There are still several City issues that I will be taking care of “long distance” and if you have any concerns or issues that need my attention please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you in a few days. I am ready to get out of town, but in a few days I will be even more ready to come back home, because while I say it often it is very much the truth that Mason is the very best hometown I know of. No matter how far we travel it always good to come home and I will be back in a few weeks with the next City Corner and rested to take on the problems of the new year.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley