Sunday, November 16, 2003
As Bud Romberg gave his parting remarks during Tuesday's City Council meeting, he said he wouldn't apologize for any of the stands he had taken during his four years on the City Council.
He said he was sorry the community felt he did not represent them well enough to return him to the council on Nov. 4.
"I leave with no regrets other than I apparently didn't live up to the expectations of a lot of people. And for that I am sorry," he said.
Romberg, who throughout his four years on the council stood on the short end of many 6-1 votes, lost by three votes to Susan Dellinger for the District I seat.
A retired schoolteacher who spent the last 18 years serving on the Steamboat Springs School Board, City Planning Commission and finally the City Council, Romberg campaigned that he had no special interests.
"What you see is what you get," Romberg said. "Saying things because you think (people) want to hear them, I never could play that game."
During his term on the council, Romberg was a staunch supporter of the need for a vibrant economy and its role in keeping Steamboat healthy.
Perhaps one of Romberg's most memorable qualities on the council was keeping the discussion going about commercial development and when "enough was enough." He worried about storefronts emptying on Lincoln Avenue.
He proposed an impact statement for development and thought the city should have the right to postpone even high-quality development plans if there was not a demand for them in the community.
"We want to make the town affordable, we want to make it beautiful, and we want to make it desirable and we don't want anybody to come," Romberg said of some residents' mentality. "People are going to come. So, it is a matter of how do you deal with it."
Romberg said there are a number of issues that he would have liked to see through the council, but he won't be looking over the council's shoulder.
For more than a year, Romberg worked with Routt County commissioners in creating a multijurisdictional housing authority. The document will come up for approval just one meeting after Romberg left office.
He saw his council's successes in forming partnerships with other governmental agencies, especially the county, which he says is the best it has been in many years.
At Tuesday's meeting, departing Council President Kathy Connell teased that because of Romberg, the council produced the most accurate minutes in history.
She applauded his attention to detail and his outstanding integrity.
"The sign of true character is how (a person) handles defeat and difficult times," Connell said. "Bud has been a role model for us. I believe it is so important to be fair and impartial, and Bud did that for us for four years on City Council."
Unsure of what to do with his free time, Romberg said he will have more days to do what he originally came to Steamboat to do -- ski.