(The following ran in the Friday September 30, 2011 Times-Call – emphasis added)
Each of us who has the honor and privilege of serving on the Longmont City Council should remember that a key part of serving residents is communicating with them. When a member of the public calls Brian Hansen‘s city cellphone number, they hear the following words: “This is Longmont City Council member Brian Hansen. You can call me between 8 and 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday at this number. Please do not leave a message at this number.” (Also on this site at this link)
It would be difficult to display less regard for the voice of the public than what is shown in the contents of this message. Most would agree that any business owner who left a message like this for his customers would not stay in business very long and one can only imagine what would happen if a business owner received such a message from one of their employees.
This message is just a particularly egregious example of Councilman Hansen’s missing status as representative of Ward 1. In addition to rarely attending events on behalf of Ward 1, both local businesses and individuals are frustrated by his failure to return emails or phone calls. This should not be a surprise given he goes so far as to tell the public not to leave him a message. The city’s Municipal Code divides the city into three wards, each of which is supposed to have its own council member. Representation does not exist when a council member refuses to communicate with the residents he supposedly works for.
Brian Bagley is a strong individual who will provide the people of Ward 1 the representation they are entitled to and have failed to receive from Brian Hansen. Brian Bagley deserves the vote of the people of Ward 1.
COUNCILMAN GABE SANTOS