Happy New Year! We’re officially into a new year, which should be a very busy one for Pueblo. Here’s a quick run down of a few resolutions that we’d like to see carried out in the community within the next 365 days:

• Select a mayor and then help that person make the orderly transition to a new form of government. This one is all on you, citizens of Pueblo. The mayoral runoff election is right around the corner and we’re hoping that there will be a strong turnout. But we’re also hoping that after people receive their ballots, they do more than check a box and check out. No matter who wins, the new mayor will need help in charting out a new course for Pueblo. And that course will be much better if it’s charted with healthy and informed input from the mayor’s constituents.

• While we’re on the subject of city government, it’s time for the streets department to make good on its promises to repair local roads faster. It’s been more than a year since local voters gave their blessing to establishing a street repair fund. It took the City Council almost all of that time to come to agreement on how much those street repair fees should be and how billing should be handled. Now that has been resolved, so it would be nice to start seeing more repair work on local streets as soon as the weather turns good.

• Let’s hope the Pueblo City Schools (D60) board of education has the political courage to make some tough decisions about school consolidations this year. We’ve felt for a long time that those decisions, which would save money and allow the district to operate more efficiently, needed to be made before D60 made another pitch to taxpayers for increased funding. D60 has started a process that could lead to school consolidations, but the results remain to be seen. Once again, this is an area where our elected officials can use some constructive guidance from their constituents. But we’re hoping constituents will put the needs of the district first, ahead of concerns about individual schools they attended.

• We're hoping that EVRAZ will decide to move forward with a $480 million expansion of our local steel mill. A decision on that is expected by the end of this year. The mill remains an important part of the economic lifeblood of Pueblo and the expansion would help protect those jobs.

• We’d also like the community to have a serious conversation about how to address the homeless situation. A conversation that addresses long-term plans rather than focusing so much on short-term ones. It took months to find a suitable location for a temporary homeless shelter. And yet there’s no clear consensus on whether Puebloans would support a permanent location or other services for the homeless. We’d like to see the community resolve those questions, once and for all, in 2019.

There are, of course, other things we’d like to see happen this year, but these items are near the top of our list. We hope they all come to pass.