Work on repaving U.S. Highway 40 is about 3 1/2 weeks behind schedule, and city officials are considering paying overtime hours to help speed up the work.

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Work on repaving U.S. Highway 40 is about 3 1/2 weeks behind schedule, and city officials are considering paying overtime hours to help speed up the work.

City to consider paying a portion of overtime hours to speed up US 40 project

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— With the U.S. Highway 40 repaving project about 3 1/2 weeks behind schedule, Steamboat Springs’ director of public works plans to propose that the city chip in for a portion of the overtime cost to get the work done faster.

If approved by the Steamboat Springs City Council, the proposal would pay the difference between regular and overtime pay so that Scott Contracting employees could clock more hours each week. An estimate of the cost of the overtime work and what the city might be responsible for was not available Friday.

Public Works Director Philo Shelton said the overtime pay would help get construction done faster and possibly would keep the streets clear of construction until after Labor Day. Scott Contracting workers currently are working between 40 and a maximum of 65 hours per week. The city is not paying for any of the project, including Scott Contracting employee hours.

Shelton said he will present the idea to City Council at its June 1 meeting. He said he had some initial cost estimates but declined to reveal them until their accuracy was confirmed by project managers.

Because it is a negotiated item, Scott Contracting project information manager Jody Patten said Scott Contracting did not want to release the possible cost of overtime work to the city before the issue goes to City Council.

Crews are contractually obligated to stop the road work June 30 and not resume until Sept. 1. However, Shelton said the city would like the streets clear through the Labor Day holiday Sept. 6, and if crews could work overtime before and after, they could delay the restart. Scott Contracting must be finished with construction Nov. 12 or it will face daily fines.

3rd Street next to close

The massive construction project will move farther east next week, thereby shutting down one of the city’s busiest intersections. Project officials say access to Third Street and the downtown post office could be cut off as soon as Tuesday, but more likely Wednesday or Thursday.

Construction crews will not close Third Street until Seventh Street is open as an alternate route, Patten said. Patten said project managers also want to open 11th Street to give an extra access point from Lincoln Avenue into Old Town.

Crews plan to work during the weekend to prepare the street for paving next week. Patten said the area east of the Seventh Street intersection to Fifth Street will be the top priority early next week.

Patten also said left turns will be allowed from Lincoln Avenue onto 11th and 12th streets, with a flagger at 11th Street helping cars cross traffic. A police officer will be stationed at Seventh Street once that intersection is open, and there will be no left turns from Lincoln Avenue east of Seventh Street, but cars will be able to turn left and right from Seventh Street onto Lincoln Avenue.

School bus use up

The closure of the Third Street intersection is likely to impact traffic patters to and from Steamboat schools.

Steamboat Springs School District Transportation Direc­tor Ed Dingledine said several morning bus routes were pushed five minutes earlier to get students to school on time in the traffic, but buses mostly have been avoiding the area by using Tamarack Drive and Hilltop Parkway. Going west, buses are going all the way to 12th Street to get on Lincoln Avenue.

Dingledine said more students are riding buses to and from school since the construction project began — especially from the west side of town — but the buses are not yet overcrowded.

“This time of year there are a lot of after-school activities,” he said, meaning the bus ridership evens out.

Comments

insbsdeep 4 years, 3 months ago

Let the contracting company pay for it. They need more workers, and they need to work more hours, on the contractors dime not ours. The city is already paying extra for traffic control, right. That too should be the responsibility of Scott Contracting. Just another well thought out contract by the city, with the lack of a strong performance guaranty.

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dave reynolds 4 years, 3 months ago

I wonder who bid this job for Scott..bet hes lookin for work The city cann't afford to take care of its employees yet can offer to help with OT for Scotts employees..can anyone else see whats wrong with this picture? While you cann't control Mother Nature (except for Ski Corp according to some) Scott needs to bite the bullet and take advantage of the good work days when they have them

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 3 months ago

insbsdeep~this is a cdot project/contract..not a city one

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dave pieknik 4 years, 3 months ago

I would also like a "bailout." Work was slowed by weather this spring- and I am 3 1/2 weeks behind on my wakesurfing. In order for me to be able to ride until Labor Day, I will have to petition the council for monies... I blew out two different brand new tires on Lincoln last spring. Scott Inc. said "all of our nuts and bolts are accounted for, sorry." Blizzaks are not cheap. They left me to fend for myself. No worries, things happen. Thanks Jody! However the rain and snow happened here. Sorry for the delays. Hope you guys can finish before the late fees start. Let Scott Inc. fend for itself.

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dave pieknik 4 years, 3 months ago

On a serious note. Why not take the monies that will probably be allocated June 1 by the Council, and spread it among the downtown business owners. I am sure they could all use it. Thank you to all the restaurants/ shops downtown for staying open during construction.

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justice4all 4 years, 3 months ago

Paying extra is riduculous. Scott contracted the job, knew or should have known the weather conditions here and should have considered all the variables. How about the times that Scott sent their people home for fear of bad weather that did not happen? Do not pay extra for doing their job. Penalize them if they do not. And for the council members that vote to pay more---recall them for unjustified and wasteful spending!!

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addlip2U 4 years, 3 months ago

Unreal, unheard off !!! Does Steamboat has amateurs that do not know how to award a contract and allows the contractor(s) taking advantage of them? If the contractor wants to receive the incentive ( or to avoid paying penalty) to be done on time, he/she should bring in another crew or two. Work in shifts and, if necessary to keep the job on time AND BUDGET, work on another section of the road at the same time.

There is NO need for the city to (offer additional) pay for the crews overtime, rather it is unethical to even consider it. Shame on YOU!

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callguinness 4 years, 3 months ago

This is a little different, but I think this is one topic it sounds like we all agree on.

How could anyone in their right mind think that this is a good idea. They set up a contract with the state. The weather this springs has been no surprise to anyone who has spent a spring here. The city has been stating for several years how short on money they are.

Now a city department director thinks we should be throwing some unknown amount of money at this project. I wonder how the public works employees are feeling this morning after reading this article and remembering that they are still on furlough. Some of whom are approaching being down by 25% in pay.

Even presenting this idea to city council is outrageous and a complete waste of time and effort. There is no way to even begin to justify this to any resident of this valley.

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imax 4 years, 3 months ago

why not take care of your own employees first,most of whom are struggling finacially,instead of givin it to somone else,city council already took an oppotunity for extra money to be spread amongst employees.there is plenty city employees who are capable of doing things to speed up the project why not have them do it.

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trump_suit 4 years, 3 months ago

I think this is a terrible idea. It would have been much more efficient to build some milestones into the project that included both incentives and penalties. Thay way, maybe Scott Contracting would be there on those Sunny days and pay the overtime to their employees because it was in their best interests. (profit). Right now, it appears that they have given up on any of the incentive clauses and have no reason to hurry. This is proven by how many days that they fail to be working. Yes the weather has been iffy but they have sure wasted alot of nice days.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 3 months ago

The whole concept of finishing it in the fall should be up for discussion, not paying extra to the contractor.

Construction in the Spring is a reasonable idea because while they may be weather delays, at least they can be pretty confident of warm days towards the end that are good for pouring concrete.

Construction in the fall is a much more risky idea because we can get a snowstorm and a cold snap so there might not be a good day to pour after mid October until Spring.

The idea of finishing in the fall makes sense if there is just a couple of weeks of work to do so it'd easily get done even if the weather is not great. But the way things are going, they are going to have quite a bit left and will need good weather into November.

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cindy constantine 4 years, 3 months ago

It was such a slow week in "blogville" that the paper intentionally put in todays article to generate conversation knowing we would be incensed by the very idea. How about we consider a toll booth to charge all out-of-state vehicles traveling through in a big hurry to get to Salt Lake City who have no intention of spending any time or money in our town anyway? I know, as ridiculous an idea as this article proposes!!

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John Fielding 4 years, 3 months ago

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We should not fund overtime or anything else beyond our present obligation.

But if we have any restrictions on work days or hours they should be removed.

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Amy Harris 4 years, 3 months ago

Worst idea EVER. So ridiculous that it's laughable (except we should be crying if this actually happens).

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cityworker 4 years, 3 months ago

Steamboat is a unigue town, we all care about everything that happens here! This project is happing at the best time for all of though...Mud season and recession. Im not saying Scott is doing a good job or a bad job, but they could care less about our community and our needs and wants. The city should NOT pay for overtime for this project! However, take that Money and spend it on something that would bring the community together or bring people into our community! A multiple day free concert? Stay positive...its really not that bad....yet

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S_G30 4 years, 3 months ago

I think that if this is what it takes to speed up the process allocate some money for it. I would assume that businesses would rather have the project completed as fast as possible, rather than getting a bailout from the city. The fact that they are behind schedule is primarily from the weather. If we want this project completed they will need some help as long as all monies have been accounted for including contingencies. If this is the case give it to them, lets just get it done.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 3 months ago

I have a a theory about front range contractors. When they show up they leave the pickup door open and the engine running because they need to get back to Denver. I bid the job and my price was higher because of the weather and overtime needed. It appears that they like to do mainline, but the miscellaneous work and intersections are dragging, which could be accomplished by more crews. There are many contractors that would be glad to subcontract some of this work. They seem to be using the Labor Day week for leverage.against the city, most unfortunate.

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blue_spruce 4 years, 3 months ago

yeah - fred - i'm in agreement (for once:-)

the miscellaneous work and intersections are definitely dragging. what's their excuse for that? and as much as i LOVE the idea about forcing Scott to sub stuff like this, since they are obviously having a major problem getting the job done, this sounds like a stretch...all about the contract. sounds like they (the city and CDOT) used the same lawyer the city retained for the Humble Ranch fiasco!

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 3 months ago

It was a major screw up to have a construction plan that stopped construction for the summer tourism season and restarted construction BEFORE Labor Day. Someone forget to notice that Labor Day is still part of the tourist season and that it fell on Sept 6 this year?

As for the amount of work remaining to do, the City should analyze weather for each year for Sept 1 to Nov 12 for the past 20 years and determine how many good weather days there were each year for pouring concrete. And the key number is not the average because we do not want a 50% chance of construction being finished, but the year with the fewest construction days because we want to be 100% sure it gets finished.

And then the City should give that to CDOT in the presence of Baumgartner and White and ask if CDOTs oversight on the contract is going to ensure that the work is finished this fall or is CDOT hoping that there is perfect weather?

The time for overtime is not Nov when the weather is typically difficult, but May and June when there is a better chance of good weather. This is when to work overtime to catch up for weather delays, not the Fall.

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bandmama 4 years, 3 months ago

Scotts bid for the job. They got the job. It is not up to us to fund the work that they bid for. If they cant do it then they need to man up. Wet weather aside, there have been many hours wasted that Scotts could have been paying over time for evening, night and weekend work. They haven't. Sorry. I have NO issue with city dollars paying for extra traffic control. That benefits all of us. But knowing that locals are hurting and another company still got the job. Let them pay to finish it. How many local hours are going to be cut to fund a job that was given to front range crews? Not a smart plan. OR as Fred has pointed, Let Scotts subcontract to locals who need the money and may actually have a personal interest to finish this project on time.

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SkiTownUSA 4 years, 3 months ago

Us paying for their overtime is absurd! They haven't even been getting in their 40 hours a week!

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Doug Matthews 4 years, 3 months ago

Scott bid the job. Scott got the job. All the employees on the job are from out of town. All the wages go out of town. They even leased the LaFarge plant for the concrete so they wouldn't have to spend any money in our community. Local companies bid the job, which would have boosted OUR economy, instead of Henderson's economy. Our local companies bid it at a realistic construction price, with adequate crews, and considering weather conditions. Our local companies didn't get the contract, because Scott lowballed the bidding. Now Scott wants us to pay them the difference between their bid and what they should have bid it for. They don't even have a number for the extra they are asking for, "An estimate of the cost of the overtime work and what the city might be responsible for was not available," yet they want more money. Either hold them to their original agreement, or take away the project and give it to someone (hopefully locally based) who can do it on time and within a set budget. It would be interesting to see how much the project actually costs, and compare that to the bids that lost out due to Scott's lowball bid...

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Kevin Nerney 4 years, 3 months ago

How about Scott signing over the 80,000 ontime bonus to the city and the city buys the overtime with it. Then if the project goes over Scott pays the fine.

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bandmama 4 years, 3 months ago

As much as I would like the job done on time. I dont think it would bother me so much it it weren't, if those dollars were going into my neighbors pocket to spend within the community. Most of us already work one, two and three jobs. Why not help by letting locals who WHO WILL work evenings, nights, weekends, even holidays to "get her done". Ummmm....who pays for the front range crew to drive east, at the slightest hint of bad weather? AHHHH...I would hope it is worked into the budget. If things are cancelled due to predicted bad weather, it makes more sense to me to have a local crew ready, here and able to get back to work if weather permits. Instead of waiting till Monday mornings when they may or may not be back in town. Lots of wasted dollars for travel alone.

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dave reynolds 4 years, 3 months ago

this project is like watching paint dry...it is a good question why isn't miscellaneous work at the intersections getting done..i don't know the details of the bid but when do the fines start for not " gettin her done" start in this case not soon enough..anyone heard about the steamboat marathon are they rerouting it or just going to tell the runners by the way your last 1 or 2 mile will be dirt track..lol

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1999 4 years, 3 months ago

NO WAY should they pay them more.

Its their own fault that they were unable to get things going.

If the state had hired a local contractor as in Duckles...as Fred said...he had factored in the likelyhood of weather dealys.

The project manager Judy comes off as an idiot by saying "we didn't expect snow"

come on. everyone else did!!!

sub contract to Duckles and get er done.

DO NOT GIVE SCOTT ANOTHER DIME

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blue_spruce 4 years, 3 months ago

"...sub contract to Duckles and get er done..."

if only this could be worked out, at no additional cost to the taxpayer.....

any thoughts?

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ybul 4 years, 3 months ago

I have to give Scott a thank you for picking up all of the remaining branches at the community garden, with their loader and skid steer. It would have taken us quite a bit of time to haul them off yesterday. So they get a small star for their help. Hope they keep more people here to get the job done quicker. The thought of not finishing this fall would be even messier.

So thank you for helping for half an hour with your equipment as it would have taken us hours or the whole day.

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AuroraBorealis 4 years, 3 months ago

The Director of Public Works proposing that the City pay Scott Contracting overtime is ludicrous.

This is a CDOT funded project.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry after reading this article.

fredduckels- Ouch. I'm surprised by your critical comment posted above. Your company hires out of town contractors. I'm thinking of your Base Area winning contract, for example. You awarded the masonry part of the project to a business from Vail, the landscaping to a business in Silverthorne, the pavers to a Pennsylvania company, and the plumbing aspect of the project to Falcon Plumbing (I'm not sure where this company is based actually)...

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1999 4 years, 3 months ago

well well fred....so much for hiring a local comapny eh?

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 3 months ago

99, This job went to the low bidder as it should have. This program of tearing up the town without completing the intersections is absurd and I don't recall it being bid this way. It is disrespectful to leave intersections for weeks without an effort to do something. If they would cleanup behind, we would have much less impact. Before they move the mainline ahead they should clean up, and the footprint would be a fraction of what we have now. That is my viewpoint and I would not do it any other way regardless if it were my hometown or not. It is commonplace in the industry to do what we like to do, and not what needs to be done. I would be glad to debate this subject as we are getting put on here.

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1999 4 years, 3 months ago

Blue spruce...The state could (if contractual which I doubt) line item the intersections to come up with a price to get them finished from 11th on.. even a couple fully functioning intersections would help.

these intersections are subcontracted for the expected price.

the price is taken off of Scotts final pay.

Fred...I understand that the lowest bid wins but clearly....the lowest bid is not always the best bid if the project manager is ignorant an uncapable of following through with their part of the deal.

stupidity(and mismanagement) always comes at a cost.

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1999 4 years, 3 months ago

I'dbe interested in comparing Scotts bid to that of Duckles bid.

what each bid consisted of.(in regards to finish time, bonuses and weather contingency plans)

and what an extra ?????K does to those bids

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catsmeowtwo 4 years, 3 months ago

First of all this is a FEDERAL PROJECT. Second of all, overtime and heavy equipment/traffic control do not mix. Thirdly There are no local taxpayers employed by Scott Construction. Finally the solution: Hire local's (put an ad in the pilot, I guarantee you will get lots of applications) and have 2 crews working on regular time, make OSHA happy, our tax dollars go to locals who NEED WORK. I will be at the meeting on the 1st, if you pay taxes you should be there too!

I cannot believe that the City Council makes this decision, they are so slow it probably wouldn't be approved until next June, 2011!

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catsmeowtwo 4 years, 3 months ago

OOPS I meant State, I guess I confused the two, it does remind me of a federally run job. Freudian slip.

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jody patten 4 years, 3 months ago

Jody here, U.S. 40 Reconstruction Project Info. Mgr.- Let me respectfully suggest that you anonymous bloggers would be wise to inform yourselves about the project before you post online comments. We have held weekly (then monthly) public meetings at city hall throughout the project and have seen almost nobody attend. This project has been in the planning and approvals phase for at least 5 years. Where were you when your "opinions" could have had an actual impact? That's when the project schedule/construction dates/scope/bonuses/penalties were determined...well before Scott Contracting bid on the project. To be crystal clear here-Scott Contracting is not asking for another dime from anybody. We're not happy with the weather, but we're building a quality project and are on target to finish it on time Nov. 12. No, we won't get a bonus for finishing early...June 30, but we accepted that risk when we took the job. In fact, some downtown businesses are the ones asking the partners on the project to speed up completion and so they came to CDOT, Scott and the city to see what could be done to come up with some more money. Let your city council know what you think. But take the time to be informed first. It's your duty and right as a voter.

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trump_suit 4 years, 3 months ago

OK, so tell us Jody..... Why has Scott Contracting allowed so many nice thur/fri/sat to go comletely unused? Please enlighten us.

I agree with your assesment about the public meetings and the naysayers, but really, why has your company wasted so many nice days??????? As you have so eloquently put, there are only so many of them to go around when it is springtime in the Rockies.

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housepoor 4 years, 3 months ago

i must say they do seem to be make good progress when the weather is good and they are working

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Cooke 4 years, 3 months ago

@ jpatten: " This project has been in the planning and approvals phase for at least 5 years. Where were you when your "opinions" could have had an actual impact? "

Respectfully Ms. Patten, as a project info manager, you should be well aware that the comments here absolutely have impact on this community. Your dismissive and flippant remarks say loads for the company you represent. If you don't think there is a court of public opinion, I don't know how you ended up in a PR field.

There are some very valid PR-based questions on this blog such as Trump's post above. Perhaps instead of continually belittling the posters on this blog, you could, oh I don't know, do some PR work for your company and answer some of the questions that have been posted.

sheesh

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 3 months ago

Where have they actually finished yet? Where is the curb and sidewalk crew? There has been work for them to do for a month now that has had zero progress. That work should not be affected by the muck because it is adjacent to the poured concrete street.

People here understand mountain weather. We know to do what can be done when it can be done. It does not appear that Scott Construction understands that. By now you might think that they'd have learned to leave enough old asphalt to be able to haul off the muck and lay down the gravel subsurface which then becomes their access when removing the rest of the asphalt. By now you might think they had learned what they can do when the weather isn't perfect so they don't keep falling further behind schedule.

They need to discover the urgency of now because at this rate they are going to have more to do in the Fall than they have any chance at completing.

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challange1 4 years, 3 months ago

I guess this just goes to show you how much your beloved city council cares about their own employees. They can't pay them enough to take them off their furloughs, but they can afford to pay some out of town contractor his overtime!! When it is not even their responsibility to do so!! What a joke!!

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blue_spruce 4 years, 3 months ago

wow.

"...you awarded the masonry part of the project to a business from Vail, the landscaping to a business in Silverthorne, the pavers to a Pennsylvania company, and the plumbing aspect of the project to Falcon Plumbing (I'm not sure where this company is based actually)..."

ouch.

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dave reynolds 4 years, 3 months ago

hey yampa boy..while I was driving down Lincoln today I noticed they are using colored cement for crosswalks just putting the paver pattern on the sides so we both stand corrected..still think that its going to chip and they are making great progress

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AuroraBorealis 4 years, 3 months ago

blue_spruce -

"...you awarded the masonry part of the project to a business from Vail, the landscaping to a business in Silverthorne, the pavers to a Pennsylvania company, and the plumbing aspect of the project to Falcon Plumbing..."

It's truly disheartening and I just wanted to add -

Unlike the HWY 40 project, the Base Area project is funded by the City and a portion of our local tax dollars will be going out of the community and into the pockets of out-of-town and out-of-state sub-contractors and their crews.

I'm a local resident and this sickens me on a number of levels (as does the proposal to pay Scott Contracting overtime).

When the Pilot uses optimistic quotes in their articles saying that "200 workers" could be employed with the start of the Base Area project, one could easily assume they mean "200 locals".

Far from it.

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jody patten 4 years, 3 months ago

Jody here-Project Info. Mgr. I'm done communicating with people who attack me by name and professionalism in print, and who don't have the common decency to identify themselves. If you would like information on the project, from now you will need to get it by calling our project hotline each morning at 819-7008. If you leave me your name and number, I promise I'll call you back in a timely manner with the facts.

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trump_suit 4 years, 3 months ago

Don't beleive I attacked anyone. I asked a simple straight forward question.

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SteamboatGirl10 4 years, 3 months ago

Maybe I am reading the article wrong, but it reads to me quite different than you are all taking it. It sounds to me like the consturcion company is required per contract to stop work on June 30 and return September 1st. They are also required to have this job finished by November 12th or they will incure penalties.

What is being discussed is the matter of the City of Steamboat Springs wanting them to delay their project start until September 6th (Rather than September 1) in order to allow for no construction during labor day. In order to do this the city is thinking of paying them overtime so that they can work extra hours to make up for the 5 days of work they will be missing. So in a sense this "overtime" money would be going to the businesses in Steamboat because the delay in construction would allow the businesses to partake in the Labor Day tourism money.

I know everyone is upset that there is construction at all, but that is not the fault of the people that CDOT hired (This is not a city project, by the way). This company will be required to finish their project by November 12 and at the price that they bid the work for.

Please pay attention to what you are all reading before you get yourselves so worked up!!

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SteamboatGirl10 4 years, 3 months ago

Oh and Jody, be professional and stop getting so upset by people's comments. It is your job to help the City's residents understand what is going on. How could any of us possibly understand Scott's motives for making certain decisions? Isn't it YOUR job to make sure that we do? It seems to me you are fueling everyone's anger and confusion rather than helping the situation. It seems you are hurting Scott more than you are helping!

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Cooke 4 years, 3 months ago

@ Patten: "I'm done communicating with people who attack me by name and professionalism in print, and who don't have the common decency to identify themselves."

Quit your crying. You are the PR person-your company is a pariah to Steamboat right now! How about answering some of the valid questions here. How about doing some PR work that your company probably pays you well for! Who cares whether people use their real names, you're not from here and wouldn't know us if we did.

I'll make it simple -- we are pissed at Scott.
You are Scott's public face. Shouldn't you attempt to change that?

Do your job. Answer the questions.

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SteamboatGirl10 4 years, 3 months ago

Pretty sure Jody Patten is a local that Scott just hired on for this job.

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1999 4 years, 3 months ago

Jody....bahahahahahaha

how the heck did you get into PR???

Bahahahahahahaha

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pitpoodle 4 years, 3 months ago

Philo Shelton, Public Works Director, appears to be a typical bureaucrat. He will spend our money with abandon, if we allow it. His last comments, we should all remember, were regarding the $34.1 million cost to expand water infrastructure to service SB 700 and other growth west of SBS. He had no problem advocating these expenses for current and future residents to pay. Now, he recommends that we pay Scott for over-time to complete a job they were hired to do for a given price at a given timetable. Who was responsible for reviewing the timetable initially? Was it the Public Works Department? I would like to know, was the timetable discussed, as Labor Day arrives at the same time every year? He does not know what the cost of overtime will be to taxpayers, nor the cost benefit to downtown businesses. Just spend it. As he has previously said, "It does not raise concerns for me."

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Steve Lewis 4 years, 3 months ago

This project will improve the downtown experience. Some pain for the downtown merchants was unavoidable. I agree with George Krazoff's comment in general. But the scale of retail disruption now seems out of proportion to common sense.

Fred Duckel's post (on the other thread) speaks to bidding that required a smaller footprint than we've experienced. Traffic inconvenience is moot to me personally, but its effect on retailers is a big deal. Unfortunately, Scott seems to be ramming through the main lanes in longer, more disruptive sections than Fred thought would be allowed. In my opinion, they should have waited and only demolished at 3rd St in a much smaller segment of work. As Scott is doing it now, the one lane bottleneck created by losing access to 3rd St will last much longer.

Hopefully someone in the state's project management area can address the contract's "small footprint" expectations on behalf of the City.

The September scheduling mistake is the other problem. I don't support the taxpayers bailing out whoever made that mistake.

Meanwhile, since you know the trip through town will be slower at 5-6pm, consider detouring to a slow cruise down River Road or up Hilltop connector on your way home.

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jmm761 4 years, 3 months ago

If any of you had been to the meetings, you would realize that this proposal was suggested by the downtown businesses that were and have been there since the beginning. The parameters for this project were too loose and they underbid the project for the pace that the community would like to see, as this is not a normal highway project. The city subsidizing the overtime will add more man hours and speed the project up now. The amount in question is far less than the sales tax dollars that have been lost and will continue to be lost in the fall and with future business closings. This will ensure that the project is wrapped up in the fall. THINK ABOUT STEAMBOAT, PAY NOW OR PAY LATER!

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pitpoodle 4 years, 3 months ago

jmm761 Exactly what is the cost benefit to downtown businesses versus the cost of overtime? I would be surprised, if anyone knows that answer. Throwing money at a problem is not usually an answer when government is concerned.

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Duke_bets 4 years, 3 months ago

I'm just hoping that Scott has the labor force capable of completing this job.

The Project Information Manager has issues with public relations, so it makes me wonder.

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