It was very refreshing to read of Dean Snyder Construction's graciousness in the handling of the unexpected Gatehouse-G8 outcome. When I saw last week's headline: "Clear Lake construction company claims Mason City, developer ignored legal letters about hotel drawings" I cringed, thinking that the city would have another lawsuit on its hands. Instead, Snyder's spokesperson indicated, "Many exciting things are to come involving the River City Renaissance Project, and we are confident that with the new council and mayor, they will be handled with great care."

This letter is not an indictment on the decision that was made - in fact, given all of the facts that I became aware of, I really believe the City Council made the best decision for the city of Mason City. But, importantly, it's an acknowledgment of civic-minded behavior and graciousness. Honestly, we didn't see much of this in 2017, from the Prestage project to elements of this hotel development. Here's to giving our best to supporting our City and each other in 2018.

Steve Weiss, Mason City

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