As a constituent/resident of Steamboat Springs, I am so frustrated and disappointed in the politics of this town. I guess that Alan Lanning, city manager, is the next scapegoat to be sacrificed.
It seems that the elected officials in this town are not happy unless they have a personality conflict or some other minor problem to contend with. Conversely, you have a School Board member acting like an immature, disgruntled 14-year-old, and we can't even throw him out of office. I just don't get it. Between City Council, the School Board, and the high and mighty two of the three county Commissioners, could someone please get something done.
I think the double white line on Routt County Road 36 really solved the whole "size of the road" debate and should be kept as it is. It's a perfect solution and amusing at the same time. Additionally, look what the two moms have done to raise money for the accessible playgrounds. They didn't debate or talk it to death - they saw a need and did something about it. Kudos to them and all the volunteers who have stepped up.
Alan Lanning is stating things that the elected officials may not want to hear, i.e. infrastructure should be shored up/replaced or at the very least investigated, enforce the laws we already have on the books, Iron Horse, etc. He inherited a lot of these issues, as any new city manager would. He simply doesn't sugarcoat anything. Big deal. Maybe it is what needs to be said. What is the alternative? Force him to resign or fire him, at what cost? Then you will do what the School Board likes to do, hire a recruiting agency to find another city manager. Taxpayers can then kiss another $50,000 goodbye while they pursue that endeavor. Then they can wait six months to fill the position (with another imperfect person), all because Lanning didn't put little smiley faces on his memos? Give me a break and get over it.
Laura A. Case