Jim and Lynn Kelley: Countywide vote


— Now that City Council has approved a vote for Steamboat 700, the members must consider the decision flawed as they have left out the people most affected by the decision — those in the Steamboat II, Heritage Park and Silver Spur subdivisions. Most people in Old Town, the south valley and on the mountain don’t even know we exist and mostly don’t care. So the decision that affects us greatly has little impact on the people of Steamboat who get to vote.

Whether those of us who live west of town are for the development because we can have our own school and not bus kids for an hour each way, our own grocery store and perhaps nearby fire station among many other benefits, or whether we are against it because of increased traffic, property values, taxes or lack of services, we still deserve to have a say in the decision as long as council has chosen to allow a vote. We are not represented by this council, but we are affected by this important decision in so many ways.

Please, do not leave us out of the most important decision made in Steamboat for the next decade.

Jim and Lynn Kelley

Routt County


Scott Ford 7 years, 3 months ago

HI Jim & Lynn - I can appreciate your concerns about SB700. Without question residents, living on the west end of town in the unincorporated areas will be impacted. Wishing that residents outside of the present city limits of Steamboat Springs could vote is a misdirection of energy and passion. Wishing it were different is not going to make it so.

Recognize that if you want to give voice to your concerns, it will not be in the form of a ballot. To put it bluntly - if you want a voice in the decision you are going to have to put money, time and energy where your passion is. That is the cold hard reality for ALL those living outside of the city limits of Steamboat Springs. To keep wishing it was different is silly.


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