Dan Hillmer is making his New Year resolution early: Larkspur will improve the condition of its roads, bridges and buildings.
Hillmer accepted the Mayor's honorary gavel from members of the Larkspur Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday night. It's Hillmer's fourth stint as Mayor of Larkspur. He'll serve a one-year term.
"Larkspur is going to fix its infrastructure. We're going to work on our streets and our roads and we're going to put together a strategy in this coming year on how to best protect the public, because it's a safety issue," Hillmer affirmed. "We'll make the parking and the circulation better. This is very important in maintaining our property values around town. That's the goal for the upcoming year."
Council member Ann Morrison takes on the role of Vice-Mayor.
The transfer of power kicked off Wednesday's Larkspur City Council meeting. Hillmer handed outgoing Mayor Len Rifkind an engraved clock and Councilman Brad Marsh gave Rifkind a license plate holder that reads "I Love Larkspur."
Rifkind cited some of the progress the City of Larkspur and its agencies have made in 2012, including the improvements to Doherty Drive, the opening of the new Twin Cities Police station, the reconstruction of Skylark Road, the construction of new staircases on Post Street and Elm Avenue and median landscaping on Magnolia Avenue and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Many of those projects started in previous years.
The City also joined the Marin Energy Authority and, with Corte Madera, formed a Twin Cities Disaster Council.
During Rifkind's term as Mayor, the Twin Cities Police Authority pushed forward with consolidation with the San Anselmo Police Department. After a vote Wednesday night, the new three-city agency will be named the Central Marin Police Authority.
"Thank you for all your support. It's been a great run," Rifkind said as he gave his chair to Hillmer.
Rifkind is up for re-election in 2013 and hasn't yet decided if he'll seek another term on the City Council.