Eleanor Hasenbeck: What do you want to know about the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation? | SteamboatToday.com

Eleanor Hasenbeck: What do you want to know about the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation?

My first assignment covering the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation was to preview a Steamboat Springs City Council meeting discussing the annexation agreement with Brynn Grey Partners. I remember reading story after story after story after story that day about this annexation and the Steamboat 700 vote and feeling like I might never fully understand this topic.

Nearly a year later, I don’t feel that way, but it took spending hours listening to tedious City Council debate over snow plowing, how the streets would be built, deed restrictions, protection of riparian areas and whether or not it should be placed on the ballot.

The annexation is a daunting topic to report on, and for readers, I’m sure it feels like a daunting topic to study up on.

The addition of the West Steamboat Neighborhoods subdivision will be a change for our community. Some residents have already decided that’s a change for the better or a change for the worst. For those who haven’t, Steamboat Pilot & Today staff hopes you’ll make an informed decision and head to the polls to make your voice heard. The June 25 election is not far off — ballots will be mailed to some voters in the second week of May.

That’s why we want to know what you want to know. We hope to answer your questions about the annexation proposal in a series we’re launching Tuesday called “Fact Check.”

I’ll be using information in the annexation agreement — the 51-page legal document in which Brynn Grey and the city of Steamboat Springs ironed out all the terms of the annexation — as well as what’s been said in City Council meetings and by the developers to explain the specifics of the annexation proposal. I’ll be working on “Fact Check” stories with topics such as water, details of the deed-restricted units and Brynn Grey’s contribution to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority in the coming weeks.

Send me questions you’d like to see answered about the annexation by emailing me at ehasenbeck@steamboatpilot.com. If you’d prefer, you can also send Steamboat Pilot & Today a Facebook message. I’ll be answering questions about specific topics, so the more narrowly-focused your question is, the better.

In the meantime, we’ve gathered all of our annexation coverage so far into one handy webpage, http://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/annexation. All of the stories reporters have written over the three years the annexation has been discussed are at the bottom of the page, along with the annexation agreement and an information sheet created by the city of Steamboat Springs. You’ll also find letters to the editor and a basic summary of topics in the annexation proposal. As they come out, stories from the “Fact Check” series will also be posted there.

Thanks, always, for reading the Pilot & Today. I’m excited to see your annexation-related questions.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.

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