By Patricia Lilliston
Attention on the November election reflected significant community participation. Perhaps voters were encouraged with the increased number of candidates who committed, articulated and campaigned on platforms to improve and maintain the status of Mountain View.
With the mayor and council members newly elected, opportunity for citizen involvement should not end now. The impetus of fall community participation can be approached and sustained by adhering to a variety of painless and user-friendly practices.
Check the website for municipal updates, meetings and social events. Plan to attend monthly town council meetings. Learn the town codes and zoning policies. Become aware of specific aspects affecting Mountain View economic development. Support local businesses by shopping, utilizing established services and buying locally. Voice a suggestion, raise a question or seek clarification for an issue.
Meet, welcome and help neighbors. Smile, wave or speak a greeting. Make an effort to tidy up lawn, sidewalk and alley areas to create a sense of pride, and invest a welcoming environment in the community. Visit the Little Free Library.
To keep informed, visit the website at townofmountainviewcolorado.org, drop by the Town Hall on 4176 Benton St., or call the Town Hall at 303-421-7282.
Reflection of Former Town Leaders
After the November election, three long-serving Mountain View municipal leaders retired from their posts. The trio recently reflected on the highlights, insights and individual intention to continue collaboration in the Mountain View community.
Mayor Jeff Kiddie became involved in public service in the summer of 1991 when he assumed a vacated town council position. With over 21 years in public service, Kiddie valued his association with council members, residents and business owners.
The highlight for Kiddie during office relates to his involvement during an extremely difficult financial collapse within the community. Keeping in mind the best interest of the town, Kiddie finds great satisfaction in being instrumental in Mountain View’s ultimate financial recovery.
Whether in the role of town council member, Mayor Pro Tem or Mayor of Mountain View, Kiddie values the opportunity garnered during his terms in office in working with, and learning from others. Although, unsure of any future political plans, Kiddie remains supportive of the progress and sustainability of Mountain View. Certainly, with two decades of municipal experience, Kiddie can chronicle many historical aspects of the town’s municipal life.
Retired Town Council member Dodie Dosh served as a board member for three terms. During her 12-year tenure, Dosh was a member of the Public Safety and Finance committees. Dosh also notes the towering difficulty for council leaders during the community’s economic downfall. Now when Dosh leaves public office, Mountain View is financially solvent and viable. Dosh considers the economic turmoil and subsequent financial resolution to be the triumph of her municipal career. Dosh anticipates continued collaboration in Mountain View as a volunteer on community committees or service boards.
Since 2011, Patricia Lilliston served on town council, assumed the position of Mayor Pro Tem, and was a member on the Public Works and Finance committees. To speak the merits of Mountain View while attending local, regional and state trainings, CML conferences, and local municipal events is considered Lilliston’s highlight. Through her public service, Lilliston gained a greater insight into local government, the necessity of citizen participation, and the vital contribution of commercial establishments. Lilliston will continue community support as the steward of the Little Free Library, and as contributor to the Neighborhood Gazette.
Time capsules serve as a means to preserve present-day artifacts with the intention that the capsule will be accessed sometime in the future. Did you know that a time capsule is located in Mountain View?
Although debatable as to when time capsules were first introduced, these historic cache of relics have been buried in the ground, packed into cornerstones of historic buildings, tucked away in vaults and launched into outer space. Do you know where the Mountain View time capsule is located?
George Edward Pendray coined the term time capsule, labeling an exhibit featured by the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company during the 1939 New York World’s Fair. A spool of thread, crop seeds, a microscope and newsreel were a few of the items stored in the company’s 800-pound capsule. Do you know when and what is retained in the Mountain View time capsule?
Enclosed in the brick masonry wall on the northwest area of the Town Hall Park, and “Dedicated to the Citizens of the Town of Mountain View,” rests the Mountain View time capsule. On Aug. 28, 2004, the capsule was sealed during the town's Centennial Celebration, with an inscription “to be opened in 2104.”
A few of the artifacts included are the names of the town leaders from 1904 to 2004, a 2004 town audit, telephone book, newspaper, police department forms and memorabilia, a grocery store receipt, and postage stamps. Considering the onset of 2018, what would you offer for a time capsule buried in 2017?