The Golden city council kicked off the new decade by seating the city's new mayor. “It's an incredible time to be a Goldenite,” the newly sworn in mayor Laura Weinberg said in comments she made …
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The Golden city council kicked off the new decade by seating the city's new mayor.
“It's an incredible time to be a Goldenite,” the newly sworn in mayor Laura Weinberg said in comments she made following her swearing in. “I take over the mayor's seat today with an eye toward our future.”
Weinberg then briefly outlined several of her goals for her first year in office, which she said will include taking steps to create better processes to prioritize issues and more quickly evaluate and make decisions about citizen ideas.
“(A) focus for 2020 is to find a way to take innovative ideas and get to a better `yes' or `no, not now' decision,” she said.
Also on Weinberg's agenda: addressing lingering community issues with public trust in city government.
“It isn't people that are the problem, it is the process that has become distrusted,” Weinberg said. “If we can all come to the table from a place of openness, a shared love of Golden and a willingness to listen to each other we can all be winners regardless of the outcomes.
“After all, we are not a homogenous community of people, ideas or concerns,” she continued. “But we are all Golden.”
Weinberg's first item of official business was to reappoint District 2 councilor Casey Brown as mayor pro tem. The councilor unanimously voted to confirm Brown's reappointment to the position.
“Councilor Brown has done a terrific job for our city and it will be great to have his experienced hand in this role again,” Weinberg said.
But just as the meeting was the start of a new era for the council, it was also the end of the prior one with departing mayor Marjorie Sloan and District 1 councilwoman Saoirse Charis-Graves both taking the opportunity to address the council before the swearing of their replacements.
Sloan addressed those starting new terms on the council by saying “you are ready for this… I know you will set a steady and sound course into Golden's future .”
But her last statement was directed at the whole city.“I would like to say thank you to the entire community,” Sloan said. “It has been a privilege to serve as your mayor.”
Charis-Graves used her comments to reflect on what the council had accomplished during her two terms on the council.
“I am proud of what I contributed and some things are different now because of my efforts,” she said. “Our boards and commissions selection process has changed, our meetings usually end by 10 p.m, which is a change, our communications outreach to citizens has evolved and, of course, there's the thing I love which is the citizens engagement planning guide. I actually believe that could be and will he a template for other cities.”
Charis-Graves also praised District 1's new councilwoman, JJ Trout, who was also sworn in at the meeting.
“I'll admit I'm proud,” Charis-Graves said of Trout. “Two years ago I recognized the potential JJ had for this kind of work and really asked her to consider it. She stepped up, worked hard and has earned it."
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