Summit Up 5-25-09 |

Summit Up 5-25-09

Summit County, Colorado

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that thinks town council meetings should be enlivened and celebrated with child-like glee.

Yes, we recognize the need for local government meetings. Yes, they are often informative and give us super neat story ideas. Yes, the community needs a forum in which it can communicate with staff and elected officials.

All this is definitely a given.

But, when even the council members’ eyes are glazing over during a particularly long report given by one official or another, you know it’s serious. People are bored! They need some good ol’ fashioned entertainment.

With the Wild West atmosphere long gone, (and the threat of tar and feathers nil), town government meetings have evolved into relatively tame and scripted gatherings. Even when people come in for public comment, they read off a piece of paper.

So, we have an idea.

Let’s shake it up! We want a party of epic proportions, even twice a month.

We think town meetings should be reformatted to feature a carnival-like atmosphere.

After ordinances and resolutions are passed, candy and beaded necklaces should be thrown, or tomatoes.

Instead of discussion, opposing factions could settle disagreements with a good ol’ fashioned arm wrestle ” or even mud wrestling, as long as it’s PG in nature.

Or, everyone could “rap” their grievances to council, including a pre-requisite of rhyming and a beat box in the background.

Residents could wear funny masks while they comment on local issues to cover their nerves, and costume-days should be instituted for council members and town staffs.

For instance, towns could have a pajama day or a tarts and vicars day. Or a face-painting day. That would be sweet.

Chocolate cake could be provided. And party hats.

Every meeting could also stand in as someone’s birthday party. We could have party favors and everyone would be in a festive mood.

Or we could have town council barbecues, where everyone munches on brats and swills beer while people complain about various projects and ask for grant funding.

But, we’re also guessing that with sales-tax collection numbers down, there won’t be funding for council meetings with themed flair.

We’re also guessing that town governments would languish under a party atmosphere because too much fun means nothing gets done.

No parties or cake for us. We guess we’ll just have to picture everyone naked.

E-mail us at and let us know your ideas for enlivening town council meetings.


In other news, it’s Memorial Day ” a 24-hour time period in which everyone is supposed to stop and think about the American men and women who died while fighting for our country’s freedom.

We recently learned that it was first enacted to honor Union soldiers in the American Civil War, but it was expanded after World War I to include American deaths in any war or military action.

Dillon’s annual Memorial Day service starts today at 10 a.m. in Dillon Cemetery.

The cemetery is located at Cemetery Road off of Highway 6, east of Dillon.

The program includes the Boy Scout Troop 188 color guard, the Summit Concert Band, Chaplain Andy Meverden, table honors presented by Roman Moore, the Echo Taps by the Summit Concert Band, numerous guest speakers and an open mic for public sharing.

Buddy Poppies ” these cool, red flowers to stick in your button holes ” will also be offered on a donation basis with all proceeds benefiting Disabled American Veterans.


We’re out, munching BBQ, because it’s a mandatory activity on Memorial Day.

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