GRANBY — Granby’s Mayor Jynnifer Pierro is balancing family life in two locations these days.
The Pierros now have a home in Lakewood, said Pierro, for reasons of business and to accommodate the athletic goals of their eldest.
But Pierro says mayoral duties have not gone by wayside, in spite of the family’s decision to partially relocate three weeks ago.
The mayor still lives in Granby and works full-time for the family’s Granby-based business Legacy Building Specialties, she said. Her son Nick is an eighth-grader enrolled at East Grand Middle School in Granby and is the quarterback on his football team.
In the past three weeks, Pierro guesses she has spent five or six nights in their Lakewood home. “Tom and I switch back and forth,” she said “We don’t have it down pat yet.”
The recession forced the family to sell cabinets, windows, doors, fireplaces and flooring beyond Grand County, resulting in her husband Tom establishing their business in Denver. “We had to find business elsewhere in order to survive,” Pierro said.
And before their home in Lakewood, the family had been carting their children to athletic endeavors on the Front Range, making for much traveling back and forth.
Their eldest daughter Kate, a junior this year, has excelled in the game of volleyball. She has played for the Colorado Juniors club team since she was 14 years old. The club is ranked 14th in the nation out of thousands. Nick, 13, has been participating in club basketball.
The club regimen has Kate practicing in Monument, Colo. two to three times per week, and traveling to matches, many of them out of state.
Club athletics are considered an elite and specialized path toward collegiate play. “If that’s your dream and your goal, that’s going to help you get there,” Pierro said.
Since playing volleyball is Kate’s dream and since much of the Legacy business is taking place in Denver and beyond, Pierro said the family made the decision to partially take up residency on the Front Range. Kate has started school at Lakewood High School.
“We’re trying to make the best choices for our kids based on what they need,” Pierro said.
Responding to rumors the mayor no longer lives in Granby, Pierro said she does still live in Granby, but concedes she’s not “out and about” around town as much now that she’s working full-time for the family business.
But the family’s new living setup will actually “make it easier for me to manage the town,” she said.
Pierro was elected mayor in 2008. Her present term will be up in 2016.
“I’ll constantly be looking at it and assessing whether I’m doing the best for the town,” Pierro said of her new residential arrangement.
But Granby Town Manager Wally Baird says he has not noticed a change in the mayor’s performance.
“Recently we’ve had three meetings with residents and people in Granby who had a problem or an issue,” Baird said, saying the mayor was in attendance to all of them. “I haven’t seen any decrease whatsoever in her abilities or what she’s done to resolve issues, solve problems and work with me on certain things, Baird said. “She is every bit as much a part of our organization and the function of our organization as she ever has been.”
A check into the mayor’s meeting attendance record shows she has missed six meetings in the past year, from September 2012 to present —once in September a year ago, once in January, once in February, once in June, once in July and the most recent meeting, when she attended her son’s football game.
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