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Updated November 7, 2007 at 12:18 a.m.
Here's hoping the new council will act quickly to get the city out of being a landlord at the old Iron Horse Inn. US history has proven over and over again that government is the worst landlord possible. There has to be another way to provide affordable housing.
Interesting the number of new posters here today, vs the usual suspects over the past month on the rec center issue!
Does this explain the results? Where is SS headed in the future?
Regarding the Iron Horse: this thing does not even cash flow once it is occupaied. Based on the annual operating cash deficit, would be cheaper to give the city employees making wages below the professional level each a $3 per hour raise to help offset housing costs. What do you bet that would help the city compete for employees too?
Why isn't any of the 20% posting about how misguided and uninformed we all were? I would have thought the post election whining would be as loud as the pre election self righteousness. Gongrats to all who won, good luck!
The new city coucil will have to deal with the pandemic of skin cancer caused by the defeat of the rec center....
kid, not all non-property owners are dumb enough to believe raising property taxes will not affect them. Higher rents and higher costs of goods will inevitably follow tax hikes, the property owners aren't just going to eat the costs, they will pass it on to the ones that can ill afford it. Some may not realize this but it looks like the majority knows.
Hey, the people spoke. It's what happens. It's so nice to see such "good gloatsmanship" from all of you. Congrats!
Oh, Tony Connell how is your big land developement going for you, across from Marabou?
Good Luck Everyone
Remember that if you are elected it is your responsibility to take care of the great town of Steamboat.
Damn! Now Ski Town Productions has to come up with new names to mess with. Clowny was just too...natural! That's okay, though. I've already got one for Cari, at least.
Oh and we really need a mayor. ( Paul ? )
Bye Ken Brenner, Paul Strong, Towny Anderson, Susan Dellinger & Karen Post. It is time for a change. Let us hope that the new City Council will make amends with the City and County residents.
Stop listening to the City lawyers in your secret meetings and get on with the programs. Steamboat has too much to offer.
How much support was that small group of recreation center proponents able to rally to their cause of a recreation center funded by a property tax? Not much based on the early returns!
The proponents have nobody to blame but themselves for the recreation center going down in flames.
The proponents wanted the "whole hog" (funded by the property owners of the city of Steamboat Springs) and that's what is getting slaughtered tonight!
Pulled pork anyone?
It is amazing how arrogant the latest City Council has run its business. The rec center vote speaks for itself.
I agree with you stmbtisoutofcontrol. I remember when they built the new City Council meeting hall. The purpose was to put the City Council on the lowest platform so that they would be humble and listen to the people. Over the last several years, it seems that the roles have switched. But now, the people have spoken. Let us hope that the rest of the City staff has not developed any bad habits and is also prepared to change.
The departure of Ken Brenner may really help in the relationship with the Routt County residents.
I think the public has spoken, good luck to all who I voted for Cari and others I belive in. It is time for a change and I hope you are ready to rock on for us. I am glad the 2B & C are gone!!Good luck to evedryone
I can't thank the citizens of 'The Boat' enough for standing up to the bulls**t and voting the way I felt! And the special interest and $$$ advertising and stupid music in these ads has got to go! You know you 'elitists' back there in 'old town' need to get a life....you don't own this town. We're raising families in our nieghborhoods too but we don't feel the need to sabotage our citizens property rights and pass "unnecessary ordinances" in the process.
I have said for 20 years that we need to change our charter and have a mayor. City council is an elected voice to advise policy. We as citizens have allowed it to become an absurd aboration of the public will. This town is going to stand out as a beacon of sanity in an otherwise insane Colorado. As we welcome smart and sound development we must also reject stupid greed and short sighted projects that our children can never forgive us for. Wake up ! Get involved!
Help us all to really achieve what we all know is right.
All this "foreign" money rolling into town will be either a blessing or a curse. The choice is our own making.
Please teach our children the proper way to respect the Yampa Valley.
Oscar, maybe I'm wrong, but I'm not sure US history is full of examples of government being a landlord. To my mind, this is a new concept in response to an unusual problem. Buying up land for community housing is probably the single best thing we can do as a community in order to preserve community. Land is never going to be any cheaper then it is right now. There are a myriad ways of providing such housing and we should be open to other methods, but banking land (with units) is one proven way.
I'd strongly advise the new council to not do anything rash with the adoped affordable housing legislation and give it a chance to succeed. That was the most signfiicant accomplishment of the last Council and will ultimately prove to be a true gift to the future of our community. None of the members stood to gain anything financially from it, it was a political hot potato, and they should be commended for pulling it off. Perhaps, in trying to be bold in addressing the problems of today, they paid the price last night. This community is apparently not ready for bold change, but instead yearning for a return to the status quo of before.
I am so pleased with the outcome of the election and am cautiously optimistic for the future of Steamboat. Growth is inevitable. What would it take for the new City Council to scrap the idea of annexation of property west of town? Let the developer figure out how to get water. We lived in homes in the East that had wells & septic systems. What a concept....maybe it would help to slow the huge numbers of people we don't need from coming until we can support the infastructure.
Considering none of the incumbents or challengers mentioned the 700 annexation in their ads, it is not fair to say that the public has spoken on the issue. Everyone supported affordable housing.
Iron Horse deal might not be that bad, but where was the public discussion beforehand on whether the City should spent millions to provide worker housing? And that seems more like guest worker housing than full time skilled worker housing. And I thought the weak dollar was making it hard to find any guest workers. If this plan was thought out, it certainly was not thought out in public.
And why exactly does the City want to quit using the County building dept? Reasons given are not credible. Great article in The Local explaining how it is all about money.
I do not have any great expectation for any great policy changes from the new members of the City Council. I expect a City Council willing to question city staff, think whether a handful of vocal advocates are actually speaking for the entire community and to be far more open and honest with the public.
What a relief the Rec Center referendums failed! I mostly saw signs in their favor and worried that non-property owners would surge the vote against us property owners into paying for their center.
I'm not against a Rec Center, I'd just like to see another way to build one without raising our taxes. Besides Steamboat is an overwhelmingly outdoor community, even in winter, so a Rec Center wouldn't serve us as well as it would a big city where all the fields are covered with concrete.
Now go outside and play!
land/units is the best investment
Lets see Cari has 12 ? properties around town lets see whats next?
Scott wedel 1024am
Just look at the front page picture on the today and who was at the victory party recognize any one and how their hands have been in the town political arena and have they benefited from past decisions.
NO SHIRT! ........sherloc.....
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