Serving one’s community is actively rewarding
Not long after I joined the Silverthorne Town Council, I attended mass at our parish church and heard a homily that resonated with me. It spoke to why I had first become interested in being on the council. That day’s homily was on the words “to serve,” and while it was more about the importance of being a servant of God, I could not help but acquaint the words with my new role as a servant of my community. As I prepared for the end of my tenure as a member of the council, I often found myself thinking back to the theme of that service. During the five years I sat on the Town Council, I learned quite a lot about the importance of public service. While local government officials have roles that may not seem as important as congressman or senator, they are vital to the daily activities of a community. A councilperson is responsible for everything from approving a Town’s budget, employee compensation, liquor licenses, and variances, to a multitude of land use issues. Our standard of government requires representatives of the people to oversee the actions of Town employees as part of our required checks and balances. I know first hand that the Silverthorne Town Council benefits greatly from the active participation of members of the community. And opportunities to serve the community are not limited to the Council. There are many other important committees such as Planning Commission that serves as an integral part of the government process. Having spent time in government service I have come to realize that in order to maintain a truly representative form of government that is free from conflicts of interest means that everyone must do their part. It can be as simple as participating in Clean Up Day to as large as serving on Town Council. By actively participating in government, we better understand the duties and financing of government. It moves us from being simply critics to activists. We get the government we deserve. So if you want to improve it, participate in it.Editor’s Note: The Town of Silverthorne currently is interviewing candidates for Trippe’s spot on Town Council this week. Spots are also open for the Planning Commission and the Economic Development Advisory Committee. Visit http://www.silverthorne.org for more information. Editor’s Note: The Town of Silverthorne currently is interviewing candidates for Trippe’s spot on Town Council this week. Spots are also open for the Planning Commission and the Economic Development Advisory Committee. Visit http://www.silverthorne.org for more information.
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