Cedaredge Trustee Larry Smith in a May 1 letter has submitted his resignation from the town board effective May 15. His current term runs until April 2018.
Smith told the DCI that he felt his extensive travel schedule was taking too much time away from his duties as trustee.
Board members are scheduled at their business meeting on May 18 to officially declare that a vacancy exists on the board. According to the town charter as provided to trustees, "Not less than ten days nor more than ninety days after a vacancy in an elected office has been determined to exist by the board, the remaining trustees shall appoint an eligible person to serve until the next regular town election. The board of trustees may leave the office vacant."
According to biographical information from the town, Smith was born in a small town in Connecticut about the size of Cedaredge. He graduated from Trinity College and received his masters degree and Ph.D from Clark University. He served three years in the Air Force. He has lived in Cedaredge for 10 years since his wife, Debra, took a family practice and emergency room position in the area. Laurence and Debra have ten children and 21 grandchildren including four great-grandchildren. He had a private practice in mental health in Denver and San Antonio for many years and has a small practice in Cedaredge. He raced slalom and giant slalom for 20 years and still plays basketball for Colorado Senior Olympics. His team qualified and played in ten national senior games over the last 20 years.
His resignation letter states, "I deeply regret that I must resign as trustee for the Town of Cedaredge ... eleven months short of my elected tenure. I feel that I have been unable to function effectively as trustee for the past few months due to a horrendous travel schedule with my wife who is searching for full-time employment.
"My dedication to the town serving on the home rule committee and as trustee has been a valuable experience for me and I hope helpful to the town. Whenever possible I will continue to volunteer on various committees and organizations."
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.