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Outgoing Glenwood Springs City Council members say farewell, receive praise

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Thursday’s City Council meeting began with a public comment from Glenwood Springs resident David Harris.

His message was short and simple, and summed up what most in the nearly full house wanted to say.

“I’m here to say thank you, Dave Merritt, thank you, Dave Johnson, and thank you, Chris Chadwick, for the years of service you have given to this community,” Harris said.

During the public comment period, incoming councilor Stephen Bershenyi sang a birthday-themed song to outgoing councilor Merritt.

“I just want to do this, because 60 should not go unnoticed,” Bershenyi told Merritt.

Each of the outgoing councilors gave short goodbyes to the audience.

Chadwick listed a number of accomplishments that she was proud to have been a part of during her four years on council including: the tourism grant program in its third year; the construction of the Glenwood Whitewater Park; the passing of the city’s climate action plan; and the recent addition of the Glenwood Community Garden.

“We have a great community, and we are blessed,” Chadwick said.

Outgoing councilor Johnson said, “It’s been a privilege to work with you up here. Glenwood should be proud of the people that work for them.”

Lastly, Merritt, who has been on council for eight years, said that while he was proud of all that has been accomplished in his tenure, there have been some projects that he wished he would have seen completed that were not.

“One of the continuing failures is the increasing traffic on Grand Avenue,” Merritt said. “When I came on I hoped we could do something about that.”

Merritt encouraged the new council to move forward and find some resolution regarding community concerns like Grand Avenue traffic calming.

Regardless, the remaining councilors felt that each had done their part.

“I would just like to say a quick thank-you to the three and let the public know it has been a real pleasure to work with them,” said Shelley Kaup. “And to let the public know the level of integrity and professionalism they had working for them.”

Bershenyi replaces Johnson as the “at-large” seat, Leo McKinney replaces Merritt in the Ward 5 seat, and Matthew Steckler replaced Chadwick in the Ward 2 seat. Each of the seats have four-year terms.

As Bershenyi’s first order of business, he nominated Christensen for another term as Glenwood’s Mayor. The new board unanimously voted in favor of Christensen.

“I thank you all for the vote of support and will continue to do my best,” Christensen said.

Dave Sturgis was voted in as Mayor Pro-Tem in a tight 4-3 vote against Kaup.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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