This can be a bittersweet moment in a healthy representative democracy. The elect of yesteryear humbly retire as the newly elected leaders assume their responsibilities. Tuesday’s city board meeting was such a moment. The audience was made up of relatives and friends and the entire session focused on this ceremony, the changing of the guard.
Many words of kindness and support were exchanged.
âThis council exemplifies what government should be,â said outgoing youth representative on the council, Boden Hamilton.
âGood government is fragile and important and requires a community like this,â Ben Bohmfalk said, just before being sworn in as mayor. âWe have two former mayors, one current and the next one here, and I think even that says a lot about the cohesion of this community. We don’t all think the same way, we don’t all agree on everything, but we are one community and we will keep working to improve it.
Outgoing Mayor Dan Richardson offered his “unsolicited farewell thoughts” to the new council. âOf all the many questions that will come before you, I suggest that you pay particular attention to your power. As a person with power, you have endless possibilities to exercise it, implicitly or explicitly. Think about this. , because how you respond to these opportunities has a huge impact, regardless of your choice to act or not to actâ¦ You can choose, in every decision and in every encounter.Our community and its members deserve a thoughtful approach .
Readers interested in listening to Richardon’s outgoing speech, as well as other commentary, can view the archive on YouTube by searching for the channel called “Town of Carbondale”.
Outgoing Administrator Heather Henry was honored for her “articulate expertise”, in the words of Erica Sparhawk, and her “extensive knowledge” in the words of Lani Kitching, particularly with regard to land use and the zoning. Henry will remain involved as Carbondale’s representative for the multi-jurisdictional housing coalition, which will begin meeting in person in May.
Incumbent administrator Luis Yllanes, who received the fourth most votes in the election, brought a clipboard to the meeting, collecting signatures asking for a renomination. He would complete the remaining two years of Bohmfalk’s term, released to serve as mayor.
Kitching also announced that the COVID-19 testing tent outside City Hall will remain in operation until at least June. The site was set to close in May, however, an increase in local and national cases will keep the resource available, with additional testing hours on Saturdays.
It takes community support to keep The Sopris Sun shining.