SAN LUIS VALLEY — Officials from several San Luis Valley towns attended a Colorado Municipal League (CML) conference last week in Breckenridge to learn new ways to approach problems in their towns and gain access to valuable resources.
Saguache Mayor Greg Tyrell attended the conference and had nothing but praise for the useful information he gained and the great representation from the Valley. “[Mayor Pro Tem] Paula Medina of La Jara and all the Valley towns really came together to shine at this conference,” he said after returning from Breckenridge Sunday.
Representatives from Alamosa, Monte Vista, South Fork, Del Norte, La Jara, Saguache and Crestone attended the conference. CML reported a total of 1,238 attendees.
Medina, contacted by phone Monday, explained that she admires CML for the way they advocate for towns and for towns and support and protect their members. She said the group pays close attention when the legislature is in session and advises members on how the laws are changing.
The three-day long conference in Breckenridge offered workshops and discussions sessions on various topics to help educate town officials and raise awareness on issues affecting towns and municipalities.
Sessions varied from marijuana issues, economic development, parks and recreation, tourism, affordable housing, water law, homelessness and many other issues. What seminars to attend “depended on whatever your town needed,” Medina said.
Mayor Larry Zaragoza of La Jara gave a presentation and Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed members at one luncheon conference. Zaragoza and Alamosa town council member Charles Griego both won awards for achieving “university hours” training with CML. Griego has been chosen to be a moderator at next year’s conference.
According to its website, CML was organized in Boulder on April 28, 1923, at the close of a three-day conference of municipal officials at the University of Colorado. Thirty-five delegates representing 15 municipalities attended the conference.
The League was formed as an agency for the cooperation of Colorado cities and towns in improving municipal government; to secure the enactment of legislation beneficial to cities and towns and oppose legislation injurious thereto; and to hold conferences at which city and town officials might exchange views and experiences.
The Colorado Municipal League is the leading nonpartisan resource for municipal officials in Colorado. CML is dedicated to supporting municipal leadership and development through a variety of relationships and partnerships. CML provides high quality resources and services that empower municipal governments to sustain strong, healthy, and vibrant cities and towns.
CML represents Colorado cities and towns collectively through its advocacy, membership services, training, and research efforts. CML strives to continuously improve and seeks to identify additional resources, programs, and outreach efforts for its membership. For more information, visit https://www.cml.org