Tuesday, November 6, 2001
Steamboat Springs Nancy Kramer said she wants to be a proactive City Council member who sees the big picture.
She now gets her chance.
Kramer defeated Omar Campbell, an outspoken critic of growth and the Chamber Resort Association, by a 3-to-2 margin in the race for the District 1 seat on the City Council.
Kramer said looking for ways the community can come together will be a priority in her new position.
"Taking action is well intended, but (many issues) are not processed appropriately," Kramer said.
Campbell could not be reached for public comment.
Also on Kramer's list of priorities are redoing the community plan and ensuring a good financial plan is in place.
Kramer said she thinks if the public is well informed and clear on issues, the city's role will become more vital to the public.
"It's the personal decision making that needs to stop," Kramer said. "I'm not a specific issue kind of person. It needs to be the big picture."
Kramer, also the Steamboat Springs Arts Council executive director, said she will give up her position on the Chamber Resort Association Board but would like to remain as a council representative or a liaison between the chamber and the city.
Among various areas of community involvement, Kramer supports partnerships between the city and the private sector on issues such as affordable housing and growth management.
Campbell, a 76-year-old World War II veteran, supported setting up boundaries in infrastructure to cease growth as well as distancing the city from business influence such as the chamber.