Boards and Commissions

If you are interested in volunteering for any of our boards or commissions, please contact City Hall at 719-846-9843 and fill out a Citizen Interest Form.

Open vacancies can be viewed on our Public Notices page. Please read the Policy to Apply For A Board Resolution.

Additional information on each board or commission, can be seen below by clicking on each individual board name listed below.

Boards and Commissions

ARPA Board of Directors
4 year term appointed by City Council. Organic Contract Section 2.5.2 - 2.5.3 - City Council appoints 2 members (citizen, resident, or customer)

Members: Carlos Lopez - Term Expires 12/31/2025
                       Aaron Williamson - Term Expires 12/31/2023
Arts & Culture Advisory Commission
Arts and Culture Advisory Commission is a City Board that is appointed by the City Council to search for and obtain City art to be installed or created on public property. It is comprised of seven (7) members who serve 4 year terms. Current members: Chad Kraft (Term 1/5/2024), Joyce Miller (chairperson - Term 1/5/2024)), Sally Miller (Term 1/5/2026), Kristi Rogers and Barbara McKnight (Term 1/5/2026). Arts and Culture Advisory Commission meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. City Hall. For more information, visit Trinidad Municipal Code 2-59.1.

If you are interested in being a member of the Art and Culture Advisory Commission, please contact Audra Garrett at (719) 846-9843 x135.
Board of Building Code Appeals
3 members with initial staggered terms 2/4/03; then all are 2 year terms -Council appointed. Ordinance #1711 calls for appointment of 3 members. Ordinance # 1949 changes the title of the Board to BOBCA and adds two alternates 12/2013.

Corazon de Trinidad Historic Main Street
Colorado Main Street® is a program founded by the National Main Street Center (NMSC); a national organization committed to historic preservation-based community revitalization. The Colorado program uses the NMSC model to assist communities as they preserve and rejuvenate their downtown and commercial districts within the context of historic preservation. A town’s main street says a lot about the community, and bringing to life the history and unique aspects inspire creative energy and pride. Local residents are eager to share their heritage and visitors come to learn and enjoy.

Current Members: Lynette Bourdo (term 3/1/27), Leigh Elliot-Lopez (term 3/1/27), and Christa Franks (term 3/1/27)

Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month in City Hall at 10 a.m. For more information visit the Trinidad Municipal Code Section 2-60.

Main Street® is about real places doing real things. The program is designed to advocate and support a return to local empowerment, and the rebuilding of central business districts based on the traditional assets of each community’s unique architecture, character, and local ownership. The Colorado Main Street® program has three things: a proven strategy for revitalization, a strong network of linked communities, and a committed DOLA Main Street staff who manage the program.

How does it work? This is a statewide program that assists local governments, downtown organizations, and communities through a process that helps organize community needs and ideas so they result in a strategic plan to work from. It provides technical resources and training in the four areas featured in the National Main Street Center® Approach:

  • Economic Vitality
  • Design
  • Organization
  • Promotion
Historic Preservation Commission
Commissioners: Jean DiLisio-Vice Chairperson (Term 11/15/2025), Shirley Shirley-Commissioner (Term 11/15/2024), Derek Thomas-Commissioner (Term 11/15/2024), Elizabeth Kelly-Chairperson (Term 11/15/2025), Carlos Madrid (Term 11/15/2024)

The Historic Preservation Commission meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2:30 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall – 135 N. Animas Street, Trinidad, CO.  The public is invited to attend the meetings.

The Trinidad Historic Preservation Commission was established by the Trinidad City Council on June 2, 2015 through the Historic Preservation Ordinance 1975.  The Ordinance became effective on June 12, 2015.

Through this ordinance the City desired to “designate, preserve, protect, enhance and perpetuate those buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts which reflect outstanding elements of the City’s cultural, artistic, social, ethnic, economic, political, architectural, historic, technological, institutional or other heritage.” 

On November 22, 2017 the Commission was recognized as a Certified Local Government by the United States Department of the Interior as a local partner in the Federal Preservation Program. 

As a Certified Local Government, the Commission reviews nominations for local Landmark status for significant historical buildings, residences, sites, and districts.  The Commission recommends the Landmark status to City Council who is the final authority for designation.  The Department of the Interior then recognizes the local Landmark designation.

If you would like information concerning nomination of your property, please complete the Local Landmark Designation Pre-Application Review Steps and Form. Please contact Kris Hall at 719-846-9843 ext. 120 with any questions.

Preservation Education and Information:

Presentations by the Historic Preservation Commission: Donovan Rypkema - Historic Preservation as Economic Development Tool - April 5, 2018

Historic Preservation as Economic Development Tool - a Power Point Presentation

Donovan Rypkema- Positive Impacts of Historic Preservation - April 5, 2018 Presentation

Positive Impacts of Historic Preservation - a Power Point Presentation

Trinidad, Colorado Historic Resources Survey Plan - Finalized June 2021

2021 Trinidad, Colorado Historic Resources Survey Plan
Housing Authority
Current Members: Reuben Vigil (Term 7/1/2024), Charlene Tortorice (Term 7/1/2025), Duane Roy (Term 7/1/2026), Jennifer Lay (Term 7/1/2027)
Las Animas County E-911 Emergency Communications Authority
Reorganized 2/2015 pursuant to the Third Amended and Restated IGA (formerly E-911 Authority Board) - 3 year terms after initial term appointments. 2 members appointed by Council and 2 permanent (Fire Chief and Police Chief).

Members: Mary Blecha (Term 1/31/2024), Michael Tihonovich (Term 1/31/2026), Charles Glorioso, Dave Bacharach
Library Advisory Board
In March 2011, the library became a department of the City. At that time, the Library Advisory Board was created to serve in advising the City concerning the operations of the City's public library. The Board acts as advisor to the Library Director, the City Manager, and the City Council on matters associated with the library. In cooperation with the Library Director, the Board compiles and edits comments, complaints, suggestions, and other information from the users of the library, as concerns the operation, management, and use of the library facility; with that information to be edited and forwarded to the City Manager for consideration. Other duties and responsibilities can be found in the Trinidad Municipal Code, Section 2-57.

Current Members: Lawrence Kiefer (Term 1/5/2024), Marjorie Kiefer (Term 1/5/2024), Terry Brown (Term 1/5/2023), Janet Clark (Term 1/5/2023) and Chelsie Kalewuawehe (Term 1/5/2024)

The regular meeting of the advisory board is the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm. at the Carnegie Public Library. Contact Jessica Huffman for more information at 719-846-6841.
Lodging Tax Advisory Board
The Lodging Tax Advisory Board shall study, investigate, and advise the City Council as to the development and promulgation of policies for the implementation, support and use of revenues derived from lodging tax revenues. The Board may also advise on other policy-related matters related to tourism as requested from time to time by the City Council.
Current Members: Jason Decker (term 5/15/26), Joe Kozlowicz (term 5/15/26), Amanda Korth (term 5/15/25), Leigh Elliot-Lopez (term 5/15/25), and Ashley Ryan (term 5/15/24)
Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
Trinidad's Home Rule Charter, approved by the electors of the City on November 2, 1993, established the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is charged with developing a master plan and overview of all of the Parks and Recreational Facilities owned by the City and submit this plan to Council on an annual basis. For more info visit Home Rule Charter 8.6 and Trinidad Municipal Code 2-58.

Current Members: Joyce Miller (Term 1/5/2024), Linda Lamden (Term 1/5/2024), Dawn Richardson (Term 1/5/2024), Dave Wright (Term 1/5/2026), Jenn Green (Term 1/5/2026), Debra Gumlich (Term 1/5/2026), Peggy Westmoreland (Term 1/5/2026)
Planning, Zoning, & Variance Commission
Frank (Sonny) Leone (Term 9/1/2025)
Tony Mattorano (Term 9/1/2026)
Chris Spain (Term 9/1/2025)
Sam Coker (Term 9/1/2024)
Jon Norris (Term 9/1/2024)
Danielle Rollo (Term 9/1/2023)
John Armijo (Term 9/1/2023)

The Planning, Zoning and Variance Commission is a volunteer Commission that is appointed by City Council. The Commission consists of seven members who meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City of Trinidad Council Chambers It is a quasi-judicial Commission which hears testimony, and holds public hearings on applications for various types of land use requests, including Annexations, Subdivisions, Rezoning, Conditional Use Permits, and Variances. Visit the Home Rule Charter Section 8.3 and Trinidad Municipal Code Section 14-14.

If you have a land use request, please contact the Planning Department 719-846-9843 ext. 120.
South Central Council of Governments
By agreement - member of Council, coincident with term

Member: Aaron Williamson
Space to Create Commons Oversight Board
There is established a Space to Create Commons Oversight Board for the purpose of overseeing the planning, development and operation of the approximately 20,000 square foot Community Space in the Space to Create Block on Main Street in Trinidad.

The Space to Create Commons Oversight Board (Board) shall be comprised of seven (7) to nine (9) members who meet the qualifications as set forth in Section 8.3 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of Trinidad. Visit the Trinidad Municipal Code Section 2-60.1 for more information. 

Members: Marilyn Leuszler (Term 11/20/2024),  and Hilary DePolo (Term 11/20/2022)

Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall.
Urban Forestry Board
The Urban Forestry Board (formerly the City Tree Board) for the City of Trinidad, Colorado consists of seven (7) citizens and residents of Trinidad. The Urban Forestry Board is responsible for creating a plan that will include recommended practices and associated costs for the care, preservation, trimming, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of street and park trees and landscape plantings. This plan is presented to both the Public Works Director and City Council. Other information about the Urban Forestry Board can be found in the Trinidad Municipal Code section 19-23. Synovia Duncan (Term 8/7/2025), Carlos Madrid (Term 8/7/2025), Keythur Merchant (Term 8/7/2025), Barbara McKnight (Term 8/7/2025) and Tamera Morton (Term 8/7/2025). Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month in City Hall Council Chambers.
Urban Renewal Authority
Current Members: Luis Lopez (Term 2/3/2024), Sophie Leone (Term 2/3/2024), Jeffrey Hecht (Term 2/3/2028), Jeff Cockrum (Term 2/1/2026), Pat Howlett (Term 2/1/2027), Jerome Begley (Term 2/1/2028) and Chairperson: Edward Griego (Term 2/3/2025)
Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm in City Hall Council Chambers. 
Agendas are posted on the City Calendar

2023 Budget