AVON — With councilman Todd Goulding stepping down due to residency requirements, the Town Council now begins the process of replacing the former mayor pro tem.
Goulding had been a councilman since 2011 and served on the town’s planning commission for four years before that; on June 1 the 12-month residence exemption he was granted after moving from Avon to Edwards last spring expired.
“(Goulding) brought a great level of thought and dedication to the job,” said Mayor Rich Carroll.
“I think this council will be missing (Goulding),” said councilman Buzz Reynolds.
Matt Gennett, who ran for council and narrowly lost in 2012, will serve out Goulding’s term, which will be completed in November.
“Any citizen who runs for office indicates a genuine commitment to public service in a town councilor role,” said Carroll. “In the last election, Matt was close to winning a seat and certainly became better known in the community as a potential leader through the campaign. His long term residency in Avon and background as a town planner certainly adds to the expertise of the council and representation of the community. We all welcome him to this important leadership position.”
Council member Jennie Fancher will replace Goulding as mayor pro tem, and council member Buzz Reynolds will take Goulding’s place as the primary board member from the town of Avon on the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority.
WILL STAY ACTIVE WITH AVON
But Goulding will remain the alternate on the water authority, as only the primary board member is required to be on the council.
“There’s a year to a year and a half of catching up, to really know what you’re doing on that board,” said Reynolds, who had served on the Upper Eagle River Regional Authority for six years previously.
As a result, it is likely that Goulding will continue to attend meetings and update the council on water authority business.
“(Service on the water authority) was a huge, monumental task,” said council member Chris Evans. “It would seem to me that, with a significant turnover in the next election, perhaps it would make sense to allow (Goulding) to remain on as our representative to that board until the next election, where someone can be permanently appointed that would be able to see that through for a period of time.”
Evans’ four-year term will end in November along with Gennett’s, and Carroll and councilman Dave Dantas will both end their service on the town council under the eight-year term limit. Gennett is scheduled to be sworn in at the council’s regular meeting on June 24.