Rosenberg, Walton, Lehman to continue serving on Indian Hills fire board

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By Sandy Barnes

After their re-election to the board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District on May 6, Marc Rosenberg, Ron Walton and Kelley Lehman will continue serving with members Paul Pettit and Scott Kellar.

Rosenberg said he hopes to have more community input and involvement with the fire district, especially in making a decision about the fire station. 

The 57-year-old fire station is in need of extensive repairs, and might not be worth fixing, Rosenberg said. The current station is too small to accommodate fire equipment and vehicles and also has environmental issues, he said.

When fire engines are started to respond to an emergency incident, firefighters breathe in diesel fumes from them, Rosenberg said. The building also contains asbestos material and has an electrical system that is not up to code, he added.

Finding funds to build a new station is an issue, which board members addressed last fall with a proposed $5 million bond issue that failed in the November election.

Former Indian Hills fire chief Don Schoenbein and resident Ty Robbins challenged Rosenberg and the other incumbents seeking re-election in the wake of controversy over the bond issue.

Approximately 150 Indian Hills residents voted in the election for the fire district, which serves about 1,200 residents. Rosenberg came in first, with 108 votes. Lehman followed with 96 votes, and Walton received 87 votes. Schoenbein and Robbins trailed in the race, receiving 80 and 70 votes, respectively, according to unofficial results.

During his campaign, Rosenberg expressed his dedication to the fire department and his desire to continue serving on the board. Rosenberg is a certified firefighter and first responder who has been a member of the volunteer department the past 11 years, seven of which he has been a board member. He also is assistant fire chief for the department.

Rosenberg serves as collections and distribution manager for the wastewater treatment plant of the Evergreen Metropolitan District.

As a seasoned fire board member who has served two non-consecutive terms, Walton stressed the importance of members working together cooperatively. He also said he would like to see greater community involvement with the fire department.

Walton is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver and works as a technical engineer for Integrated Printing Solutions in the Denver Tech Center.

Kelley Lehman is a teacher at Parmalee Gulch Elementary School who has served as a member of the fire district board since 2012. She has past experience in serving on the board of a nonprofit organization.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.