No denying I have learned a ton and have been challenged in a number of ways, expected and unexpected, as a Trustee serving Nederland, Colorado. The most difficult vote I have made was appointing three new Trustees within a month of the last election. It was difficult because of my discomfort of the circumstance only. This last election, Nederland had only as many candidates as positions open on the Board of Trustees. Each of the candidates ended up with life changing circumstances that caused them to decline their post. In the end, the remaining three Trustees and Mayor were left to appoint three new Trustees to fill the vacancies. The terms are two- four year appointments and one- two year appointment. The reason behind this is to keep half the Board through each election. The value in this is having half the Trustees, with an understanding of the town operations and what is currently happening -remain even as a new Board is elected.
As I am getting to know the new Trustees, I am excited. I am excited for them and by them, and for Nederland who will benefit from their service. We have a board that is thoughtful and committed to serving Nederland and supporting a high functioning, family friendly, sustainable community. Nederland lucked out having five people volunteer for the three appointments, so soon after the election. I hope anyone thinking of running for office will connect to the current board, any one of us, and learn more about the challenges facing town and the people working to address them. It's important work, and the decisions we make today are certainly going to impact Nederland for years to come. From what I can see now - no one on this Board is taking that responsibility lightly. Last night, the new BOT spent time reviewing our work to advance affordable housing, support infrastructure work and support the local economy. I expect this BOT will continue to work on all three of those goals. In addition, we are working to improve communications between the BOT and town. Hence, I am reviving this two years dormant blog.
As you go about your July 4th celebrations, I hope you'll consider volunteering in Nederland as opportunities arise. Thanks to all who donated time to pull together the parade downtown- that was fun! The BOT meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Nederland Community Center, hope to see you there.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
While I am not certain, I think tonight was Joe Gierlach’s last Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, as Mayor of Nederland. It is worth a mention that he did something pretty cool that will impact the BOT and the town moving forward. He invited LiveWell Colorado to introduce some of their work, which was followed by the four Trustees in attendance passing a Resolution joining the LiveWell Colorado HEAL Campaign.
A HEAL campaign sounds a bit dramatic but if you look at the stats, you realize it should. While Colorado is one of the leaner states in the nation, we are following the same trend as everyone else and getting heavier and less healthy! Of course, we know this takes a toll on everything from our knees and budgets to the overall cost of health care. LiveWell Colorado, through the HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) Campaign provides technical assistance and expertise to towns like ours, working to incorporate healthy eating and active living in our policies. The priorities of the HEAL Campaign are already steeped in our local culture, as well as in our many plans. By working with LiveWell Colorado, we will broaden our pool of expertise and resources available to best implement these ideals in our plans.
I am excited to know that the BOT will prioritize being a healthy community as we make improvements to our town. As I am anxiously awaiting a response to a Letter of Interest that I submitted to The Colorado Health Foundation on behalf of Nederland Middle Senior High, I can’t help but wonder if this proof of community commitment would have better positioned our school in the grant request process? Joining this Campaign that is gaining notoriety across the state, provides easily recognizable shape to the work we have developed because of Envision 2020. It is going to be beneficial to be part of this broadly understood Campaign as it incorporates all of our already awesome ongoing work. I do believe the support we receive will extend beyond expertise and technical assistance. If I am elected to the BOT, I'll work to make sure it includes growing community engagement and being more knowledgeable of and competitive for related grants. Exciting times ahead!
Here’s to health and happiness!