We’ve long since given up on developing personal New Year’s resolutions, figuring the time to begin improving our life is at the moment, whatever time of year it is. No sense waiting for some arbitrary flip of the calendar. (OK, we still need to drop a few pounds, we’ll resolve that.)
Still, with a new year and a new decade upon us, we would be remiss not to throw out some encouraging resolutions for Trinity and its residents. So here they are, in no particular order:
► It’s a big election year, and with that comes the good, the bad and the ugly. National politics aside, let Trinity resolve to conduct its elections in a professional, ethical manner in which high-spirited debate centers around the issues and attributes of candidates and measures. There is much to discuss; let’s do so in an intelligent and respectful manner.
► On a similar note, let the Board of Supervisors not wait for two, possibly three, new members to be seated in 2021 to offer up a little more decorum and transparency. A good start would be to release the details of the Aug. 6 closed session vote to approve a settlement with the Trinity Action Association, a reporting out required by the Brown Act but yet to occur.
► A number of school districts throughout the county are still dealing with mold issues. Let’s hope those get cleaned up quickly and then resolve to work with the state Legislature to create a better system of early inspection and repair, especially in those areas which experience heavy annual precipitation totals.
► Businesses throughout Trinity County suffered a tough decade in the 2010s — road construction, drought, fires all contributed to stagnant or declining tourism levels throughout much of the decade. For many of our businesses, tourism and drive-through traffic is what puts them in the black. Residents should resolve to shop local whenever possible. Businesses should resolve to stay open during their posted hours.
► Speaking of the populous, we’re not sure what the 2020 Census numbers will reveal, but it’s probably a safe bet Trinity County will continue its population decline of the past decade. That decline has hit area businesses, schools and government hard. We know there are those working to revive the county’s economy and make it more attractive to businesses, retirees and families, so that the county can boom once again. Let’s resolve to promote Trinity County at every opportunity.
► And speaking of boom, let’s hope those trying hard to create a vibrant, legal marijuana industry in Trinity County have their voices heard while recognizing the industry’s impact requires solid regulation. And let’s also resolve that those not playing by the rules are dealt with strongly.
► While Trinity has escaped the devastating fires of our neighbors these past few years, it wasn’t that long ago the Helena fire tore through Junction City and destroyed scores of homes. While we’ve long been aware of the devastation fire can bring, the Carr and Camp fires have finally woken up state and federal officials to become more proactive in creating fuel breaks and being more proactive on forest thinning. Likewise, governmental entities seem ready to allow wider utility rights-of-way, something we’ve endorsed for quite some time.
► Likewise, Trinity is overdue to pay more attention and become actively involved in its greatest treasure — the natural environment in which we live. Residents and government officials alike should resolve to be more active in protecting these great resources. (More on that next week.)
► Lastly, let’s resolve to make this a fun, productive year throughout the county.