Last week your new Timnath Town Council conducted our first official meeting. I was optimistic heading into the meeting and the resulting conversation proved that we’re ready to hit the ground running.
Accountability and Transparency
When I was running for Mayor, many of you told me that you’d like to see more transparency in our local government. You want to better understand how decisions are made and the impacts they have on our community.
New Town Committees
As a result, we’re in the process of creating three new committees that provide oversight and offer guidance. The intention is to appoint residents and Council members to each committee to offer more perspectives and ideas.
- Finance & Audit: A standing committee that will review monthly revenues and expenses. This group will also review the details of all Town borrowings to ensure that we have the most favorable terms possible.
- Parks, Trails & Reservoir: A standing committee to provide input on future improvements, connections and programming for our favorite recreational places.
- Metro Districts: An ad hoc committee to review the Town’s agreements with our area Metro Districts to clarify our respective responsibilities to our residents and to confirm or encourage good communication between the Districts and the residents.
Stay tuned for more details about how to apply.
Another high priority for this Council is community engagement. This will start with a communitywide residential survey later this summer. The results of this survey will provide data-driven guidance on Council priorities and will help shape work plans for the coming year and beyond.
Increased engagement doesn’t have to happen through formal channels. I encourage all of you to connect with me personally and your Council representatives by email or phone. We truly want to hear from you.
Communication should be a two-way street. That means openly sharing information with you – good and bad – and being honest about what we know and what we don’t.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty for all of us. I want you to know that we’re watching Town finances very carefully. As of now, our revenues are healthy enough to allow us to avoid the furloughs and layoffs facing other communities. However, we stand ready to make adjustments as necessary.
As a community, we have challenges and opportunities ahead of us. I’m honored that you have elected me to help Timnath navigate both.