The rain we have been having this past week and the clouds that have broken the “heat” of summer have been a blessing to us all. It looks so very green around town that it seems impossible that this is the end of August. In addition, the rains have helped to reduce the demands on the city water supply to take care of watering the yards and so that is another relief at City Hall. Of course, the end of summer brings the start of School, and all of us need to be extra careful as we drive through the school zones to watch our speed and be on the lookout for children gathered before and after classes. The city replaced some of the school zone signs last week, but each driver needs to be extra careful at this time of year to insure the safety of all our children.
Other things are working well at the city, and it seems that although there are always problems to deal with, at this time the solutions are readily apparent and the actions that need to be taken are not too difficult. We are awaiting a crew that should arrive in the next week or two to begin assembling the new water tower on the west side of town. That new addition to the skyline of Mason should provide some cheap entertainment as we watch the progress during the next couple of months. In another project, The Electric Crew, with the addition of two new workers, is working on the west side of town to upgrade the power that we provide in that area. This is a portion of the project to increase the voltage in our whole electric system, and at the same time a good bit of repair and replacement of poles and lines is being taken care of, so watch out for work crews in that area. Also be aware that in the next week or so we will be doing some paving of city streets around town. The Street Crew has been preparing a number of streets during the past several weeks, and we will have a contractor in town to pave two of the dirt roads for the first time and top coat some of the other roads around town that are beginning to show too much wear. As you drive around town for the next couple of weeks, please keep alert to the workers that will be out and might be in your planned path. We appreciate everyone’s care and consideration as we work to improve the infrastructure around town.
Last week I mentioned the budget that we have completed for the new fiscal year. This is something that I think will affect all of us and thus we should each be aware of this annual job. Each of the City Commissioners now has a copy, there is a copy available for the public at City Hall, and it is filed on our City Website, so take advantage of this opportunity to examine the ways we anticipate spending your public funds during the next year. If you have questions or concerns please let us know so that we can address them and make this town a true community of communicating citizens. The worst thing that can happen is that our city government does not hear and react to the concerns of everyone who lives here, and my goal for the past several years is that we listen and talk about the issues that are important to you. We may disagree, we may see things differently, but if we all communicate and listen to one another then we can flourish as neighbors and friends and our community will continue to be the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley