Nick Snively becomes Elizabeth trustee

New board member focuses on communication, amenities, smart growth

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Nick Snively became the newest member of the Elizabeth Board of Trustees on May 10, filling the seat left vacant by Ron Weaver. Snively is 42 years old, has three children, and has been married for 18 years. Originally from a small town in Southern California, Snively has lived in Colorado for more than 10 years.
 
Snively and his family moved to Elizabeth in 2021. In a phone interview with Snively on June 6, he said Elizabeth’s small-town charm and the quality of its schools drew him and his family to the area.
 
“We really like the nearby schools, especially Legacy Academy where my kids go,” said Snively. “We also love the old historic charm of the downtown area of Elizabeth. It’s fantastic and very unique.”
 
A May 12 announcement from the town said Snively has an “extensive background as an operational administrator and professional which has provided him with well-rounded experience in strategic planning, asset management, financial management, major initiative leadership, and responsible stewardship.”
 
Snively joins the board during a time of great transition for Elizabeth and the surrounding area. Elizabeth’s significant growth continues to be a hot topic among residents and Snively has several thoughts about the burgeoning small town.
 
“There is a lot of growth going on in Elbert County and I don’t want us as a town not to be prepared for that growth,” said Snively. “There is a good chunk of people that don’t want any growth, but the families that are moving in here may counter that. There is good opportunity for smart, good growth.”
 
In the June 6 interview, Snively stressed the importance of bringing more amenities to Elizabeth. “I would love to see more amenities for the families here, like an urgent care and more medical facilities. I know people hate to drive to Parker or Castle Rock for services that we could easily have here,” said Snively. “We can balance growth with increasing amenities for the people of Elizabeth. Anything we can do to bring more activities to the town is going to be a good thing as well.”
 
Snively said one of his biggest goals as the newest member of the board of trustees is to greatly increase the communication between the town and the residents of Elizabeth. He also stressed the importance of community engagement.
 
“What I want to bring with my time here is enhanced communication. I want to encourage more engagement, outreach, conversation and dialogue. We want more participation, getting the public to be more involved in making decisions,” Snively said. “People want to be heard and I really want to help bridge the gap that I see in communication. Change can be hard, but if we set the right expectations and have good communication, together we can make positive change.”
 
Outside of his role as the new board of trustees member, Snively is an active runner. He commented that he’d like to see a better trails system around the Town of Elizabeth. He’s also an avid reader and golfer.
 
For more information on the Town of Elizabeth Board of Trustees, visit townofelizabeth.org/bt
Nick Snively, Elizabeth, Elbert County, Colorado

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