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By Patricia Lilliston

Glenn Levy, former town council member and an 11-year Mountain View resident, was elected mayor in November 2017, with a platform based on providing the community with a new, proactive approach to town management. In a recent conversation, Levy reflected on the highlights, accomplishments and challenges recognized during the first six months serving as the leader of Mountain View.

Levy voices genuine enthusiasm when he assesses the early months in his new position. He reports that during the transition working with the administrative, court and legal staff, police and public works department, town planners and consultants, he has gained a heightened appreciation for the experience and professionalism demonstrated by town employees.

“The collective institutional knowledge, sense of teamwork and the time commitment with project completion exhibited by all staff and town employees is priceless and invaluable,” acknowledges Levy. “This has been a most welcomed and rewarding reality for me.”

Considered as another highlight, Levy expresses that communicating and problem-solving directly with residents has been both a positive and effective means in addressing individual issues. Levy finds that a timely, personal response to residential inquiries is purposeful. He affirms that he listens, offers his perspective or in some instances, explains the relevant town policy or code. His intention is to ultimately reach a mutual understanding to resolve the situation.

“Running a small town is a team effort,” declares Levy. “We must all be willing to be involved.”

Levy recognizes that his term as a town council member was beneficial. He says that the council experience now provides strength as mayor.

“It helped me understand what I needed to refine and improve.”

In the early weeks as mayor, Levy restructured and redefined town council committees to better serve and connect with the community. He also altered procedural aspects on the town council meeting agenda to allow additional time during the meeting for immediate community comment.   

The mayor mentions with pleasure, a significant increase in community involvement. He notes more residents attend the monthly town council meetings.  A community gathering at a local coffee house in March was well attended and provided the forum to answer questions, address concerns, and share timely updates on town projects. Levy reports that the council is planning summer community events and preparations are underway for the annual August picnic.

Levy remains focused on the five SMART choice guidelines outlined during his fall campaign.

“We have taken first steps on all aspects of the vision.”

The mayor declares that economic expansion, sewer and drainage repair, and the town’s infrastructure needs have been a priority. Levy anticipates scheduling a future public meeting to discuss the details of these town projects.

“We must be financially prudent and responsible as we prioritize the needs of the town.”

Whether facilitating a town council meeting, discussing a town matter with staff, vendor or resident, Levy reflects that being open-minded can also provide a challenge. However, he regards his ability to see and consider things fairly as a critical attribute in his new position.

“As the town leader, I want to do my best to look at issues from all sides.”

Contact Mayor Glenn Levy at glevy@tomv.org or attend the town council meeting, 6:30 p.m., second Monday of each month, at 4176 Benton St.

Good Views

Around Mountain View, flowers are blooming; vegetable gardens are budding; and many homes sport a fresh coat of paint. Summer beckons.

The first day of summer officially arrives on June 21 when the summer solstice delivers the longest day of the year. In Ancient Greece, the summer solstice marked the beginning of the Greek calendar year and prompted festival celebrations. With the approach of the summer solstice, how will you welcome summer?

2018 Primary Election Day, June 26

Primary election ballots to determine the fall Democratic and Republican candidates for congressional, statewide, county and local races, were mailed to registered voters on June 4.

This is the first Colorado primary that allows unaffiliated voters to participate. Unaffiliated registrants received both party ballots, but should vote and return only one ballot. If more than one ballot is received, the vote will not count.

Ballots must be returned and received by 7 p.m. on June 26. The latest recommended mailing date is June 20. Ballots can be dropped-off at local voter service and polling center locations listed on the voter instructions ballot envelope insert.