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Doris Truhlar, an attorney at Truhlar and Truhlar law firm, is the outgoing incumbent councilmember in District 2 nearing the end of her first term, which expires in January. She ran for re-election but came in second in a four-way race that was won by Tammy Maurer. Truhlar, who has a law degree and a master's degree in mass communications from the University of Denver and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, has lived in what's now Centennial for 34 years. Here are her reflections on her time on council.
What do you feel is your best accomplishment in your time on city council?
I believe that I was the person on council who suggested that we double the amount spent on upgrading our streets and sidewalks. It is my belief that getting all the streets and sidewalks in decent shape (at least good condition) is really important and a way that the city can positively impact many of our residents. I also think that, where we can, we need to try to comply with the (federal) Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. I think Centennial is doing a good job of getting the streets and sidewalks in better condition.
What's a story about a citizen you met or interacted with that stuck with you?
Geraldine Dallas was someone who made really good suggestions, and was willing to meet to discuss projects. She came to my office for a meeting and was very active. I felt fortunate to have met and worked with Geri and with her friend, Chris Heurtevant. They both worked especially on the trash and stockpiling issues ("stockpiling" is the accumulation of various items in one's yard). When I lost my re-election campaign, Mrs. Dallas wrote me a lovely note. I am grateful to both of them. They are very involved citizens, "models" for the rest of us.
What did you learn about your city during your tenure that you might not have known before?
There is so much. Our city attorney, Robert Widner, was especially good about educating (councilmembers) about what we can and cannot do. I learned about the budget and budgeting process — the budget is an ongoing process that lasts the whole year. I had not realized how much time and attention it took.
What was your most challenging moment on council? What do you think is the biggest upcoming challenge for the next council?
I think it is a challenge to make sure all streets and sidewalks are in at least good condition. Some of them are still rated poor. Centennial is not a full-service city and cannot solve some of the problems (in terms, for example, of zoning that existed prior to Centennial's formation), but the streets within the city (except for major arterials) are in our (purview), and we should make sure that they are in good or even great condition.
The council has been harmonious. While disagreements make interesting press, they are not particularly good for the city.
What would you like to say to your constituents?
I would like to say "thank you!" to my constituents for the opportunity to serve the City of Centennial as a city councilmember. It has been a wonderful experience, and I appreciate everyone who contacted me and who showed an interest in our city. Serving on the city council has been extremely gratifying, and I will miss it very much.
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