Last Monday, I went to a meeting of the Steamboat Springs Water Commission. This is a body created to plan for the consolidation of the Mount Werner Water District and the city water department.
There are four representatives from each entity on the commission. Hopefully, these people will address the inequities between the two water systems. When I lived on the mountain, my water and sewer bill was $16 per month; downtown, my bill is more than $30 per month.
One thing that disturbed me at the meeting was the decision not to tape the meetings as a City Council member requested. The majority of the group seemed to think that minutes would be sufficient. But there are too many complex issues to depend on someone taking minutes. Incidentally, I did not notice either minute-taker putting pen to paper very often during the two-hour meeting.
These meetings are open to the public. I urge anyone who has the time to come to the meeting from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at Centennial Hall. Come see if there will ever be a fair solution to this problem or if the Mount Werner Water District will still enjoy collecting fees for a service that Old Town residents have been paying for the past 23 years.