Randy Lee works toward Big Springs egress

Randy LeeJohn Scarffe, Nederland.  Randy Lee was appointed to a Nederland Board of Trustees vacancy in the summer of 2011 and was elected to a four-year term the following spring. He responded to a questionnaire from The Mountain-Ear about his time on the Board.

Lee’s greatest accomplishment as a member of the Board is one that hasn’t yet been realized, he said, “but I’m highly optimistic it will be soon: the establishment of an emergency egress route (or maybe two) out of the Big Springs neighborhood. I will continue to pursue this with the County and Forest Service, in partnership with Town Administrator Reis and Chief Dirr, after my term expires.”
Lee, P.O. Box 1309, Nederland, has spent close to 31 years on East First Street. He has been an independent, small business computer consultant since 1997 with Alpen Network Solutions. He lives with his wife, daughter, and granddaughter. “We are collectively owned by a couple of snooty felines.”

Lee led the effort to build the Nathan Lazarus Skatepark, as executive director of NEDSK8 from 2005 to the present. He has also been a member of the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Advisory Board (PROSAB) since 2008, and chair since 2010.

A core member of the Nederland Saws and Slaws since 2012, Lee has been chair of the Nederland Firewise Action Committee since its inception in 2013, chaired the fund-raising committee for the “final” Carousel of Happiness fund drive (“One Last Merry Go-Round”) and has donated IT services to TEENS, Inc., since 2005.

“I had no specific priorities when I joined the Board, but it was an exciting time, with a number of major volunteer-led projects recently having come to fruition (ice and racquet park, skatepark, carousel), badly needed sidewalks being constructed, an excellent mayor and a promising new Town Administrator,” Lee said. “I anticipated playing a role in fostering continued and accelerating progress.

“I’d say this expectation ran aground on the shoals of community backlash against change and efforts by some Board members to force the pursuit of an extreme interpretation of sustainability.
“I don’t have the time here to critique each statement in Vision 2020, but I think the Town has done quite well in most areas. Sustainability is high in the awareness of Town government and many residents, and increasingly guides the choices we make. Our schools have made strides under recent effective leadership.

“The availability of social services has improved across the Peak to Peak region, and the soon-to-be released final report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development offers an achievable path to realizing the economic aspects of the vision.”

If he had the chance to do it over again, Lee said: “I would speak up more quickly and forcibly to stop the unseemly and disrespectful attacks that were directed against Town staff, advisory boards and commissions, contractors, and members of the public by some of my fellow elected officials.

“I would put more effort into achieving consensus outside of the meeting room, and I would take a different approach in pursuing an agreement with the City of Boulder to allow boating on Barker Reservoir.”

Lee’s outstanding memory of his time as a trustee is the many productive relationships he’s had with Town staff members, PROSAB members and outside agencies. “The newly-elected Board shows great promise,” Lee added, “and I wish them the best in working with our wonderful Town staff to keep moving Nederland forward.”