Time to step down
(Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed as an “Open letter to the Snowmass Village community”)Dear Editor:Snowmass Village is seeing many changes today thanks to the collective efforts of the last two Town Councils, community leaders, town staff and especially our residents, guests and second homeowners. There is no question that these changes are sometimes unpleasant to deal with during this early stage of what has been characterized as the “Renaissance” of Snowmass Village. I am, however, confident that the end result of our efforts will please the majority of everyone who lives, works and visits in our village.We will be opening the new recreation center/pool this September and have much to celebrate. The new rodeo lot is almost complete and our new transit center/visitor center will be open for this ski season. The park improvements will be added this fall and next year to complete an exceptional community amenity that will be enjoyed by everyone.The Snowmass Center is nearing the end of its review process and could possibly start construction next year, adding a significantly expanded market, post office, and drugstore to serve our community. This new construction will be closely coordinated with the Base Village project to minimize impacts to the community.A town hall to serve the community has been approved by Town Council and may be under construction yet this fall. This facility will not only provide essential office and administrative space for town departments, it will also provide a wonderful place for the community to meet and work through important issues in the future. It literally will reflect the coming of age of our community.I have enjoyed the challenges, opportunities and lively debate we have had as a community over the past four-plus years. Serving as town manager for Snowmass Village has been the most fulfilling accomplishment of my professional career and I thank each of you for your support, criticism and encouragement during my term in this position.With both reluctance and anticipation I have decided to resign as your town manager. I feel that it is time for me to concentrate on my personal life and let someone else tackle the challenges ahead as Base Village is constructed and decisions must be made on the potential redevelopment of the mall. I know there will be lively debates and I will watch with interest from the sidelines.My wife, Debbie, and I truly feel that Snowmass Village is our permanent home and we recently were fortunate enough to purchase a Season’s Four condo to ensure we can stay in the community we love. We have made many wonderful personal friends and treasure each of them greatly. We look forward to more time to hike, ski and just enjoy life.I wish all of us in this community the very best future we can make. I encourage each of you to participate in the important decisions ahead and to be tolerant of some inconveniences to our daily lives as we work to achieve our goals.Mike Segrest Town ManagerSnowmass Village
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