After winning one of Carbon's five Council seats on Oct. 16, new Councillor Bryan Peever has been appointed Deputy Mayor of the Village.
Despite not being an incumbent Councillor, Peever is well-known around the community, thanks in part to his campaign strategy of talking to residents and listening to their concerns.
"The primary thing I got back from everybody is they want change. They want progress. They want to see their town survive," Peever explained. "We can't attract the same old businesses. We've got to be more progressive and go after the online entrepreneur, get that young family. That's what we need for our little town to grow -- young families."
Looking forward, Peever said there are two things he hopes to accomplish this term, although he's the first to say he's not sure how difficult these tasks will be.
"One of the first things we've got to try is getting ourselves some high speed internet so we can attract those young people to our town so they can run their businesses right out of their own homes. I don't know if it is viable," admitted Peever, before saying that even if a good idea has failed in the past, doesn't mean the idea should die. "But let's try it again, let's put another spin on it, never stop trying."
Next, Peever wants to make the Village Council more transparent.
"We do have a website, but you have to go find it and draw the information off it. I want to make it so it's more of a push. We don't know what the government's doing, what are you guys doing in there? So, I want to be more vocal and put more information out there so the Village knows what's going on."
The next Council meeting in Carbon is scheduled for Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m.