Omar M. Campbell: Project mess

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I have given City Council and the Library Board my solution several times, but it bears repeating now because of the exorbitant bids and rising costs: leave the existing Senior Center alone. It serves us oldsters quite adequately, has decades of useful life remaining, and is very well located and unobtrusive. What a waste and shame to destroy it.

Contact the library board (as I have done and been totally ignored) and discuss a major scaling-down of the elaborate and grossly oversized project. The structure as planned is visually overwhelming at the entrance to our downtown. Donate the money budgeted to the pointless and wasteful tearing down and relocation of the Senior Center to the library. That project is very likely to be in deep trouble financially because of dithering, delay and spiraling construction costs.

Nix to the proposal to use the Rita Valentine open space land donation on Anglers Drive for a recreation center. Nix to a recreation center, period. I would support the city assisting the Health & Recreation Association. However, I for one am fed up with all the taxes we are saddled with lately - Soda Creek Elementary School, the library, open space purchases, Horizons, paying off loans for the justice center, etc. They're all penalties for unrestrained growth. It is ridiculous to now add another recreation center -and perhaps also affordable housing? I would hope that a taxpayer rebellion is in the offing.

Omar M. Campbell

Steamboat Springs

Comments

elphaba 7 years, 7 months ago

Omar - The irony is that you helped elect this Council!

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 7 months ago

No, the irony is to expand a library of paper based products when more and more people read electronically as each year goes by. Still, I like books more than electronic reading. I collect comic books, so I still have my love for paper.

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CHAUNCEY COOKE 7 years, 7 months ago

Taxes in Steamboat are so low when compared to places with the schools,library,parks etc.that Steamboat has.It has 1/3 the taxes of where I'm from with similar schools and the rest.My relatives pay the same taxes in N.C. as Steamboat and have a library the size of a gas station,schools 25 years behind Steamboat and no parks etc.Steamboat is not a backward out post.There are areas which may have lower taxes but you will have to do without all that you have in Steamboat.Just my 2 cents.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 7 months ago

Wow! This mini-Y2K thing with Daylight Savings is amazing! I posted my earlier post after Elphaba, but it's listed above Elphaba's post. I'm posting this at 10:02 pm. Let's see what it says on the site.

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