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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango Council Reorganizes
(2008-04-02)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango voters didn't go to the polls yesterday.
But there was a changing of the guard for Durango City Council, none-the-less, with no real surprise.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Last night marked the end of councilor Doug Lyon's one year term as Mayor.
LYON:IT'S BEEN AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE TO DO THE JOB AND TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND TO WORK WITH THE CITY STAFF, IT'S BEEN REALLY WONDERFUL AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBERS.
Lyon won plaudits from fellow councilors for his ability to keep council on task, for providing insightful analytical input, and for representing the city well at public events.
Councilor Leigh Meigs nominated Renee Parsons for Mayor saying it's important to abide by tradition which says the Mayor Pro Tem is elevated to the Mayor's job.
MEIGS: SHE DOES HER HOMEWORK, SHE IS STRONG IN HER CONVICTIONS, AND WHILE NONE OF US DOUBTS THAT COUNCILOR PARSONS WILL NOT SHY AWAY FROM STATING HER OPINION, SHE IS ALSO A CONCENSUS MAKER WHEN DUTY CALLS.
Saying municipal government is the closest to othe people, Parsons in her remarks promised council would remain open and urged greater public participation.
PARSONS: I SEE THIS COUNCIL AS COMMITTED TO AN OPENNESS AND RESPONSIVENESS TO THE NEEDS OF OUR CITIZENS. I'D LIKE TO ENCOURAGE DURANGO RESIDENTS TO BECOME FULLY ENGAGED CITIZENS. AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, IT SEEMS TO ME, THAT IS WHERE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION MAY MOST EFFECTIVELY INFLUENCE PUBLIC POLICY.
Parsons later told me one way to perhaps stimulate that participation would be to hold a city wide, "If I Were Mayor" essay contest, to get greater input from citizens.
Afterward she said perhaps the toughest issue that will face Durango government in the year to come, will be the economy.
PARSONS: I THINK THE SALES TAX IS REASON FOR CONCERN, AND WE'RE WATCHING THAT VERY CLOSELY. AND I THINK ALSO, ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE BEEN VERY INTERESTED IN DURING THREE YEARS ON THE COUNCIL IS HAVING BETTER ECONOMIC INFORMATION ON OUR DECISIONS, AND INCLUDING SOME ECONOMIC COST ANALYSIS ON OUR DECISIONS, WHETHER IT BE FLORIDA ROAD OR ANY GROWTH DEVELOPMENT, BUT JUST IN GENERAL ON HOW OUR DECISIONS ARE MADE AND WHAT IS IT GOING TO COST THE CITY TAXPAYER, REALLY.
Councilors also unanimously selected Meigs as Mayor Pro Tem.
Parsons will sit as mayor in the final year of her first term on council.
Her term, as well as those of Lyon and Scott Graham, will be on the city election ballot, next April.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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