Post-election thoughts

Monday, November 11, 2019


For the past almost eight years, it has been my pleasure to serve the citizens of Livingston on the City Commission. That you returned me for a third term is both humbling and rewarding. Thank you for your faith in me. Thank you to those who wrote letters to the Editor on my behalf, to AAUW for your election debate and to those who invited me to state my opinions on “A Podcast Runs Through It.” 

The prospect of digging into upcoming issues such as, the Growth Plan, expanding affordable housing and getting our citizens safely and quickly across the railroad tracks, with this amazing group gives me great hope for Livingston. We, now, have a Commission who works together like a hand in a glove. All are there to help the community, not to score a personal win. 

A charter form of government would allow us greater creativity in dealing with our problems. For instance: Bozeman has solved their problem of homeowners not clearing sidewalks in the winter by hiring contractors to do it and adding that expense to the homeowner’s taxes. We can’t do anything like that without a charter ... just one of the many creative ways to deal with urban problems. It is my hope that we will look, once again, at that form of government.

Also, I’m hoping that you will join us at our listening sessions, monthly, on Saturday mornings at the Pickle Barrel. There will be notices in the paper.

Again, thank you for returning me to the Livingston City Commission.

Mel Friedman