Granby owes much to Mayor Ted Wang
April 3, 2008
To the Editor:
I would like to personally thank Ted Wang for his service to the Granby community.
Ted has dedicated many years to bringing Granby into the present, protecting her from the possibilities of uncontrolled growth, leading her into the forefront on the governmental scene, bringing big city respect to a small town in the Colorado mountains.
His passion didn’t come without problems, and Ted certainly wasn’t perfect. He could sound callous when addressing controversial issues. He had to be the voice of the Town Council when difficult decisions were made. But Ted did a lot for this community.
His knowledge of governmental procedure, his ability to keep Granby on the cutting edge within the town, county, region and state, and the passion and time commitment he gave has brought Granby from a dying, drive-through, blink-and-you-miss-it town to a town full of vitality and possibilities for the future.
It is now time for Jynnifer Pierro to take the torch. She will lead a more comfortable, reachable Town Council into the future as Granby prepares to step forward and grow to be the service center of the county while still reaching the tourists that pass through on a daily basis.
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Jynnifer will have large shoes to fill as she learns governmental procedure, continues to present Granby in a professional, positive way within the town, county, region and state, and moves forward with the well-laid plans for downtown development, recreation, infrastructure repairs and improvements, development plans, and much more.
It will be trial by fire for her as she steps in at a time when the town needs to hire a town manager, needs to make decisions about its future during a time of unstable economics, and learn the ins and outs of a town moving quickly.
It takes not only a driven mayor but a great Town Council to make a town work, and Granby has had one for several years. I will miss the interaction and discussion with Robin Trainor, Charlie LaBrake and Kirk Arnold on the Town Council but welcome with open arms and a hope for continued success with Greg Mordini, Greg Gutheridge and Elaine Henrekin.
Deb Shaw, Ken Coatney and Ed Raffety, I know, will be there to help familiarize the new council members with the history and process of council decisions.
My thanks go out to Ted Wang for his passion and commitment to our town. My congratulations and welcome is extended to Jynnifer Pierro as I anticipate our collaboration on the economic welfare and civic pride of our town.
I hope all the candidates from this election, winners and losers, make a commitment to staying involved. Your input is needed if we want this town to be the best it can be.
Granby can be proud of the decisions made in the past, happy with the changes to the present and look forward with eager anticipation to the challenges of the future. I encourage everyone to pay attention to what is happening in town, work toward a common goal, and stay involved.