Jynnifer Pierro sworn in as Granby’s new mayor
April 23, 2008
Granbys new mayor was officially sworn in at Tuesdays Granby Board of Trustees meeting.Jynnifer Pierro took the oath of office as mayor during a brief ceremony. Also sworn in as a town trustee was Greg Mordini. Pierro was elected mayor in the towns April 1 municipal election. She won by a landslide of 264 votes to the 45 received by incumbent Granby Mayor Ted Wang, who finished ahead of two other challengers, Joe Fuqua and Kirk Arnold.After the swearing-in ceremony, the trustees got down to handling a lengthy agenda that began with a discussion about a possible ordinance on flood damage prevention. Prior to the official start of Tuesdays meeting, they had attended a workshop on the subject by representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).The proposed flood damage prevention ordinance was prompted by the construction of the Edgewater Resort, and the development and sale of residential lots by Granby Ranch. Both are located along the banks of Fraser River on the towns eastern side in a potential flood plain. Town staff were generally supportive of the proposed ordinance but asked the board to thoroughly review it before approving it. Also, town resident Gary Cooper urged them to be conservative to ensure water quality is preserved in the wetlands within the area covered by the proposed ordinance.In the end, the board decided to hold off on voting on the ordinance until their next meeting on May 13 to allow a review to be conducted of the document. However, the trustees did give their approval to a FEMA resolution that recognizes the flood hazards in the area and gives the board legal authority to adopt land use and control measures to reduce future flood losses. Also during Tuesdays meeting, the board engaged in a long discussion about a request for an agreement between the town of Granby and Steven Sears and Jane Farrell, who want to develop a multi-tenant building at the corner of Third Street and Agate Avenue, which is the old Brown & Company property. Granby attorney Georgia Noriyuki presented their request, which was for a reduced parking fee of $1,000 to be guaranteed for five years on their proposed development.Some of the trustees initially favored the Sears and Farrells request, citing it as a way of encouraging economic development as well as achieving the towns goal of creating an active and attractive town center. However, other board members and some town staff members argued against the agreement. They pointed out that it would lock-in the town for a piece of property that may not be developed soon, and also set a precedent that would encourage other property owners to argue for special treatment from the town. After further debate, the board members decided against entering into the requested five-year agreement with Sears and Farrell. However, they told Noriyuki that the towns current $1,000 parking fee could be secured if a site plan for their proposed development were filed in the near future. Votes of approval by the trustees were given to the following: Ordinance amending towns code on above-ground storage of flammable liquids and gasses. Ordinance approving the final subdivision plat for Granby Ranch Filing 14, with conditions. Intergovernmental Agreement for the administration of Municipal Juvenile Diversion Program Services. Special Warranty Deed between Granby Realty Holdings, LLC and the town of Granby. WorldMark at Grand Elks request for a subdivision improvements agreement.The trustees also approved a number of appointees. Those named to the Granby Planning Commission included Jeff Rozean, Tom Marquardt, Pete Gallo, Jynnifer Pierro and Greg Mordini. Appointed to the towns Board of Zoning Adjustments were Rod Lock, Paul Chavoustie, Robin Trainor and Rebecca Brosh.