Working together for the better |

Working together for the better

Great things can be accomplished when people work together.

Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone will agree on everything. Even if there are disagreements, different goals and agendas, working together should lead to a better future.

In his first meeting as the newest member of the Garfield County Board of Commissioners, Mike Samson said it is time to develop a better working relationship between the commission and the Garfield County municipalities.

Samson proposed a once-a-quarter forum to bring together representatives from the county and the six municipalities for an open discussion.

The goal is to establish a better working relationship, open the communication channels and to bring everyone’s concerns and ideas to the table.

What a great idea.

It’s undeniable that there’s been a strained relationship in the past. There’s no need to point fingers and play the blame game about what happened in the past. Today is a new day and things appear to be headed in the right direction.

Obviously, everyone who takes a seat at the table will have different opinions and agendas. There are many issues that will impact all county residents. Issues like affordable housing, traffic and building requirements to name a few.

A good relationship between the county and its municipalities will create a pool of ideas to address concerns and evaluate the needs of its residents by enhancing communication and a forum for discussion.

Hopefully, there aren’t too many bad feelings over the recent election when mayors supported the Democratic candidates Steve Carter and Stephen Bershenyi. In the end, Republicans Samson and John Martin were elected. In the past, there have also been some very public criticisms of the strained relations. This is not the time to dwell on the past.

This first step by Samson was the necessary move to repair the strained relations and get people to the table.

What happens in the future will be interesting but one of the biggest hurdles has been cleared with this proposal.

Hopefully, a forum of this nature will benefit all the residents of the county and won’t revert back to politics as usual.

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