We asked some local officials what they hope 2019 brings. Here’s what they had to say: Debbie Brinkman, mayor of Littleton 2019 will be my last year on council, and probably my final time being …
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We asked some local officials what they hope 2019 brings. Here’s what they had to say:
Debbie Brinkman, mayor of Littleton
2019 will be my last year on council, and probably my final time being mayor in my life. I really want to be able to just enjoy it, and tie the bow on a number of things we’ve been working on. I want to get the Complan done. We’ve got so many good things going on, so I don’t want to have another damn fire.
I hope we have a great Western Welcome Week, Criterium, and summer concert series. This is a great time to be in Littleton and I’m glad I’m here.
Brian Ewert, superintendent of Littleton Public Schools
The voters passing a $298 million bond provides an incredible amount of excitement and enthusiasm for school district, our parents and our kids. We’ll be naming architects for new school construction by Feb. 1. We’ll be taking care of Americans with Disabilities Act issues. We’re planning for the implementation of new furniture, which will drive new sorts of instruction.
I’m always hopeful that we can continue to be better at mental health interventions for kids. Hopefully with a new legislature and governor we’ll see efforts to fix some of our constitutional entanglements. Then we could put more money into safety and security, career and tech ed, and full day kindergarten. I’m always the consummate optimist. Public schools in Colorado have so much potential if we just have adequate funding.
Bob Baker, chief of South Metro Fire Rescue
I’m thankful to the citizens of Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Columbine Valley, Centennial and Greenwood Village. They put their trust in our organization, and voted to become part of our family. Recently I met with every single employee of Littleton Fire — nearly 170 people. They love Littleton, and take pride and honor in serving citizens. They’re excited about unification.
My hope for the new year is that all of our folks go home to their families. I hope the same thing for law enforcement — 2018 was a hard year, starting with Deputy Zack Parrish’s death. My hope and prayer is no serious injuries to my people. I hope people in Littleton and surrounding area have a very blessed 2019, where they’re healthy and grow as people and enjoy families and friends. I hope there’s less strife in the new year.
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