Current Cedaredge Mayor Pro-tem Ray Hanson will step up into the mayoral seat following the April 7 municipal elections, as he is running unopposed for the seat.
Hanson was born in Cedaredge in 1948 and graduated high school in Cedaredge in 1966. He has a bachelor's of the arts in history and minors in political science and philosophy, all from Western State College. Hanson has operated his own business as a master plumber for several years.
During his upcoming term as mayor, Hanson intends to bring many longer-term projects to completion, including water lines and streets, as efficiently as the town’s restricted budget allows.
“We’re limited on budget until we get down on our down payments in the next few years, but after that we’ll have a fair amount of income coming in to really work on the streets,” Hanson said.
Hanson said that the town is facing a non-critical drought as of right now, but that the timing with the 2018 drought being so recent could cause this potential drought to be more harmful. “I want to push real hard on people being wise when using the water and water conservation and all that,” Hanson said.
Another intention of Hanson’s is to try and create two different draft budgets for 2021 so that the board of trustees can choose one depending on whether the Back the Badge sales tax initiative passes in November. Hanson has spoken in favor of Back the Badge for the last several discussions, as have all the other Cedaredge trustees. He has participated in discussions of a more local tax initiative in case Back the Badge fails again.
“[We’ll] do what we can with the moneys we can for everybody concerned,” Hanson said. “It’s not only the town. It’s the community.”
Finally, the last project Hanson mentioned in regards to town improvements was the playground equipment upgrade at the Cedaredge Town Park, which is already in the planning stage.