A Tale of Many Cities
It was the best of times ...
With apologies to Charles Dickens and his 1859 classic, A Tale Of Two Cities, there is no worst of times, and there aren’t just two cities.
The past few weeks have been a marvelous time to explore the state and all of our great communities.
We just finished Colorado Cities & Towns Week- and it was wonderful!
We had more than 40 municipalities participate - educating their residents about vital services provided by hard-working men and women who make it all happen every day, quietly and without fanfare.
The following snippets demonstrate the beauty of public service at the municipal level.
Officials from the Town of Akron served students hot dogs at the Akron High School Homecoming Pep Rally and hot chocolate at the Homecoming Bonfire. (Photo, left, courtesy of Brittani Kusel, Akron trustee.)
The City of Alamosa coordinated a volunteer effort to build a new playground at a local park (watch the video), displayed a fire truck at a daycare for kids to see up close, hosted a “Mayor’s Art Contest” with Alamosa Elementary School (winners were recognized at a city council meeting), and posted “Did You Know” information about City departments to Facebook. The Alamosa City Council also held an ice cream social for employees to thank them for all of their hard work.
The City of Boulder aired the Colorado Cities & Towns Week public service announcement and issued a declaration acknowledging the week.
The City of Brighton posted fun facts about the City each day on Twitter, providing followers the opportunity to learn about the mayor, public safety departments, public information office, and more.
The Town of Calhan hosted a barbecue, which included a dunk tank to invite residents to “Dunk the Mayor!” (Photo, right, courtesy of the Town of Calhan.)
Colorado Cities & Towns Week coincided with the 15th anniversary of the founding of the City of Centennial. To celebrate, the City held a pancake breakfast to thank those that have served on a board, commission, or committee since its incorporation.
Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell wrote a letter to the editor, “Recognizing What Your City Provides,” which appeared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan.
Both the youth and city councils in the City of Montrose issued proclamations recognizing the week. Officials spoke at Kiwanis and Rotary clubs about the new citizen engagement app, "A Better Montrose," which allows citizens to interact with their local government in a direct and productive manner by submitting concerns or issues related to things such as potholes, weeds, junk, debris, parks and trails, traffic, pedestrian lighting, and more. Officials also invited more residents to join the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee to provide the city manager’s office with innovative ideas on how to administer the city's budget.
The CML staff even got in on the fun (photo below), and celebrated with a staff potluck lunch and a trivia contest testing our knowledge of cities and towns in Colorado!
CML stall also has been traveling to district meetings throughout the state, having a great time visiting Pueblo, La Veta, Walsenburg, Silver Cliff, Westcliffe, Holyoke, Pagosa Springs, Aurora, Manitou Springs, Monte Vista, Hugo, Severance, Manzanola ... and on and on and on.
Strong municipal leadership is alive and well in Colorado. It is clearly the “best of times!