Three Trinidad City Council seats were empty just for a moment at the board’s most recent meeting this past Tuesday, Jan. 7 as the newly elected councilmembers Erin Ogletree, Aaron Williamson, and Franklin Shew were sworn in by Third Judicial District Court Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht. Finishing their terms on council were Joe Benato, Michelle Miles and Carlos Lopez.

“I am humbled and honored to be able to do this,” said Councilmember Ogletree. “The three things that I said I’d work on including public safety, public relations, and public improvements are the things that I want to work on and I’m lucky because everyone on this panel wants to do that.”

 “I’m looking forward to working with everyone here in the city and the citizens of Trinidad to continue the path that we’re on,” Councilmember Williamson added.

Mayor Rico, who was also sworn in during the meeting having gained reelection, agreed that getting things done and staying on a positive path was a must.

“We’ll work real hard to continue the path, like Mr. Williamson was saying,” said Rico, “and we have a lot of progress that’s being made in the community. There are some other things that I know we all want to do and we just have to work together to make some of this stuff happen. I believe that we’ll have a good council and we’ll move forward with moving Trinidad in the direction it has to go.”

The overall meeting for the night was brief, with the most time being spent on the swearing in process. Once the new councilmembers were seated, the board moved forward with a few items on the agenda for the evening.

Karen Griego was nominated and approved as the Mayor Pro-temp and Pamela Nelson was appointed and sworn in as municipal judge for a two-year term.

During Trinidad City Manager Mike Valentine’s report, he asked City Planning Administrator Georgi Ann Clark to come forward to share some positive news regarding the city.

“The Corazone de Trinidad was on the Most Endangered Places list for Colorado Preservation Inc. for the last 10 years,” said Clark, “and they wanted to remove it from that list this year. They’ll be bringing that up at the Endangered Places Conference and that will bring some more recognition to Trinidad.”

Jean Delisio was also approved during the meeting for re-appointment to the Historic Preservation Commission and was present for the decision.

Lastly, bills for December 28, 2019 to January 10, 2020 in the amount of $380,338.96 were approved.

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