Mayor Neal Schwieterman surprised those attending the May 14 Paonia Town Council meeting as he donned gifts received during a recent visit to Peru.
Several months ago before the council's public meeting with the Bureau of Land Management concerning the oil and gas leases, the mayor received an invitation to meet the mayor of LLave while vacationing with his family in Peru.
"They treated me like I was a head of state while I was there. They called me the mayor of Colorado. They assigned me my own plain-clothed bodyguard and used a SWAT team to clear out the square so that I could help raise their provincial flag," Mayor Schwieterman said.
During the staff meeting the previous Friday, trustee Eric Goold announced he would pay $10 to the town's coffers if the mayor would wear the ceremonial clothes he was given in Peru to the town council meeting. The mayor did, and Goold gave the town's general fund $10.
The mayor received a key to the city and medals in addition to the poncho and white hat. The one medal is the same as one worn by the LLave mayor during official meetings. An engineering group gave the mayor a second medal.
While driving back from LLave, Schwieterman said he saw a live large llama with his legs tied on the roof of a bus. "He seemed rather comfortable cruising along," he said.
The mayor was asked for help with projects in LLave. He is looking into what he can possibly do for the Peruvian town.
"They treat you like a king, and then ask you for things," the mayor said.
Goold volunteered to go next time.blog comments powered by Disqus