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Friday, April 4, 2014

Mountain Music, Arts & Culture Magazine doesn't interview Justin Bieber

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Page 10 of the February Issue of MMAC Monthly
Mountain Music, Arts & Culture, or the MMAC Monthly, is a monthly magazine distributed across the Peak to Peak region from Georgetown to Estes Park with Nederland right in the middle. I like picking up a copy just to have the Event Calendar handy, but then every time I look at it, I find another article of something interesting from the region that I hadn't thought about. It's really well done for people interested in the mountain cultural scene.

The publisher also produces the official Frozen Dead Guy Days guide. You can find MMAC Monthly on-line with their Twitter and Facebook pages, and the magazine is published on issuu here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

Location: Lyons, CO, USA
Mayor Gierlach signing the Proclamation for
Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
I am pleased to join over 1,750 Mayors today in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Mayors across the country are giving a nationwide salute that highlights the importance of citizen engagement, recognizing the dedication of national service members, and inspiring more residents to get involved in their communities. This effort is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, Cities of Service, and Mesa, Arizona Mayor Scott Smith, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Volunteers with Senior Corps and AmeriCorps make contributions every day to local nonprofits and public agencies. They were never more visible than immediately following the September 2013 floods, when they pitched in to help with critical disaster recovery work, some of which continues to this day. Additionally, day-in and day-out National Service volunteers are often the unsung contributors who work tirelessly, giving their time, talent, and treasure to our communities.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The State of Ned Address

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Mayor Gierlach giving the
State of Nederland Address

This 'State of Nederland Address' was given at the very end of the Nederland Candidates Forum on March 12, 2014, recorded by Planetmind Radio, and broadcast on the internet.
[Click here for the live recording.]

The State of Nederland Address was also printed in the Mountain Ear in its entirety as part of the Mayor's Report for March.

Denver State of the City Address
As Mayor, I have the opportunity to attend ribbon-cuttings and ceremonial events around the region. For all practical purposes, it is impossible to attend everything I get invited to. However, I do make the effort to listen to Mayor Hancock's State of the City Address in Denver each year. It is always inspiring to watch the mayor of one of the most important cities in the country (perhaps the world) lay out his policy direction.

So, I'd like to take this opportunity to give the State of Nederland Address, and pull some of the 'greatest hits' from the NederMayor blog.

The Board of Trustees (BOT) basically is responsible for three things: 1. We approve a balanced budget. 2. We hire and evaluate the Town Administrator. 3. We set policy.

The Going Concern Assumption
On the day that I was sworn-in (in 2008), our auditor gave the BOT a report saying that the auditors may have to drop the 'going concern assumption'. This is accounting speak for, "They can no longer assume that we are still going to be a town in the future, thus increasing risk, and our interest rates."

The BOT introduced several measures to correct this, like the cash handling audit, quarterly budget reviews, and re-aligning the water funds, Mud Lake fund, and the General Fund. The BOT also has tried to keep programs, like operating the Community Center, financially self sustaining so that the General Fund is not expected to subsidize programming.

The question remained in my mind, "How did it get that way?"