Jon Halverson: Working together

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I want to express my deep appreciation to Ken Brenner, Paul Strong, Steve Ivancie and Tony Lettunich for their recent statements recognizing the positive working relationship between Mt. Werner Water and Sanitation District and the city of Steamboat Springs. Credit belongs to them and many other city officials for making that possible.

The past year has been an exciting time to serve as chairman of the Board of Mt. Werner Water, which was created as a special district charged under state law and its charter with responsibility for the supply of water and wastewater treatment service to customers within the district. The district was created in 1965 to supply those services to the development occurring at the base of the new ski area. That area was later annexed to the city, creating the current situation in which the city provides water and wastewater services to the "Old Town" portion of the city, and Mt. Werner Water provides those same services in the '"mountain resort" part of the city. In the past, those distinctions have occasionally caused conflict between Mt. Werner Water and the city.

The city has full municipal authority and responsibility throughout the city boundaries, including, of course, that part of the city served by Mt. Werner Water. What is good for the city is good for all of its full-time and part-time residents, wherever they reside. Mt. Werner Water can best serve its customers by communicating constantly and closely with the city, recognizing the city's broad authority, and ensuring that the district policies and services are coordinated with city policies and services. Both the city and the district depend upon their shared contracts to carry out their shared responsibilities.

As chairman of the board, one of my most important goals is to create a close and enduring relationship between the city and the district that will enable us, as one community, to meet the substantial development challenges that are ahead. We are well on the way to achieving that goal.

Jon Halverson

Chairman of the Board

Mt. Werner Water and Sanitation District

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