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Roger Mersmann: Steamboat knows snow

My name is Roger Mersmann, and I am a superintendent with McPherson Contractors. I am currently working at the Mountain Valley Bank, completing second floor tenant spaces, one of which will be our new office. I arrived Jan. 20 to your dynamic, and beautiful, mountain community.

I was first impressed with your attitude toward snow. I grew up in Kansas, and while snow is the scourge of every other northern municipality, you take the vast multitudes of those fluffy white ice crystals, and you press them into diamonds. Talk about the very definition, of taking the lemons given, and making lemonade.

At Winter Carnival, however, I witnessed one of the most stupefying acts ever. The massive work of hauling snow back into the city … and dumping it back on the streets. Then cleaning it all back up, within hours. And not once, but twice. I traveled extensively during my military career and cannot recall a community of people demonstrating the level of character and resiliency, I see here.

I attended the City Council meeting this past Tuesday concerning the new hotel development. It is not the issue itself, on which I want to comment. It is not my place. I just want to share the perspective of someone who is new to area, and thankful to be here.

I understand the divisiveness this issue has grown from and into. I understand the difficulty of accepting decisions you strongly disagree with. I understand how frustrating it can be to speak, to explain yourself, only to have it fall on deaf ears and then having to face the inevitable recriminations. But, I also understand, something else.

What I took from the meeting was witnessing a demonstration of the profound love and respect for this land, and a determined way of life, that makes Steamboat, something special. While many Americans have become apathetic and discouraged, what I witnessed were passionate attempts, by both parties, to defend something they feel very deeply about.

While you may not agree with each other, I just want you to know from my perspective, your passion comes from the exact same place.

Thank you, Steamboat, and well done.

Roger Mersmann

Steamboat Springs

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