Sterling’s new incoming mayor shares top priorities at candidate forum – Sterling Journal-Advocate
As she prepares to take on her new role as mayor of Sterling, Brenda Desormeaux spoke about her top priorities at a candidates’ forum held Thursday night at the Sterling Public Library.
This year’s Sterling City Council election was called off due to a lack of competition for the four open seats, but candidates were still invited to make remarks at the forum. Desormeaux was the only candidate present.
She spoke about her work with current and former council members, as well as former and current city managers Don Saling and Kevin Blankenship.
“I think I have some great ideas about what it takes to be successful in city council, but one of the things is citizen participation. So, don’t hesitate to always come to a city council meeting and if there is anything you want to know, don’t hesitate to call your city councilor or the city manager, so that we can get that information ” , said Desormeaux.
The municipal council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5.30 p.m. at the town hall.
Desormeaux also spoke about some of his priorities. For many years there has been talk of the need for more sterling businesses and while she recognizes that this has to happen, she stressed that it could be a challenge.
“As we look at the turmoil of the past two years, there are so many more businesses going online that it’s getting harder and harder to get them to come to a small town like Sterling. I would always like certain things to happen in this area, but I think we have to do our best and hope that we can attract some of these companies, ”Desormeaux said.
Another element that she considers very important is affordable housing.
“Affordable is a little hard to define right now in our current housing market, but we have such a housing shortage. So the people who come don’t have a lot of choice. I think this is something that I would really like to see the city support and work with, to provide more housing options, ”Desormeaux said.
The other seats on the municipal council will be occupied by Luke Janes, who will retain his seat, and Martin Gains, who will occupy the seat in Ward 1. There are no candidates for the vacant position in Ward 2, which Desormeaux now occupies. The board will have 60 days to fill the vacant seat by appointment; otherwise, they will have to hold a special election.