August Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

Thank you for the trust you have placed in me and our new colleagues on Town Council. During the election I realized that we should be communicating more and these emails represent one option. I will try to send out a few thoughts before each Town Council meeting about what has happened recently, and what we will be working on in the upcoming meeting. My goal is to keep these brief by highlighting only a few topics that might be of interest.

Our July meeting represented an opportunity to seat a new Town Council. Bruce MacIntire, Laila Benitez, and Dan Caton joined me on the Council from a field of 13 candidates. Council then elected me as your mayor and Marty McKinley as our mayor pro tem. I would again like to thank John Howe, Dave Schillaci and Jonette Bronson for their years of service on our last Council. The new Council had a fairly light agenda with a series of routine land use matters, staff reports and financial updates. We had an informative worksession on our election and voter registration processes. It was also great to see the strong economic position of the town with strong reserves, growing sales tax and development revenues, and good cost control. If you would like more specifics, please review minutes from that meeting.

Our August 20 meeting this week will have some interesting sessions including a worksession on the growing bear problem in Mountain village. The 2016 budget process is also kicking off with an important worksession discussing ‘top-down’ budget priorities that the Town Council would like our Budget and Finance Committee to develop plans around. There will also be a worksession on vending carts in our plazas: how many, what types, and when/where they operate. As I will be out of the country, our new mayor pro tem will be leading the meeting. A full agenda has been posted on our website, and as always, we would welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with, and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor