Maury Schuessler: Think about the jobs

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The city of Hayden is in great need of jobs, as is the country. If granted, Kum & Go’s request to relocate elsewhere in downtown Hayden will add significantly to the tax rolls and create many new jobs — including jobs related to construction, building materials and government oversight the proposed project. The revenue alone will far exceed anything Hayden has seen in a long time. The downtown business from this project will provide much-needed revenue for at least a year just from the construction workers.

I would like to suggest that the Jan. 26 letter to the editor (“No to Kum & Go” by Patrick and Tammie Delaney) stating that the proposed Kum & Go project was a “mega-mart” and “truck plaza” was completely overstated, misleading and not at all representative of the project.

As with any good corporation, Kum & Go did its own demographic study of Hayden to see where its best business advantage would be. This proposed location was submitted to the town after the study.

Hayden, the town and surrounding area, should consider that this decision will have a profound and lasting effect on their future. It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs. Without jobs and revenue, there will be no history to celebrate. The town of Hayden must realize that history records those who embrace progress, not those who suppress it.

Maury Schuessler  

Craig

Comments

Angie Robinson 3 years, 1 month ago

Maury, The tax payers paid for a larger study than Kum & Go did, and it said historic downtown is not the greatest place for a gas station. Does that not matter? The vote tonight is not wether or not we want a big brand new Kum & Go, it's wether or not Hayden should amend a current rule that prohibits them from moving to another location in the Historic District. If they were petitioning to move anywhere on the outskirts of town, there would be no arguement, do you see that? The added jobs will be 1-2 more clerks. Yes, that is something, but not quite JOBS JOBS JOBS. Kum & Go building materials come from out of town. I'm not sure on this (and neither are you) but I think they bring in their own crews from out of town to build it. The 3 million dollars to build this Kum & Go does not go directly to the town of Hayden. Yes, the construction works will likely spend money in Hayden, but they will if they're building one on the outskirts of town as well. Kum & Go bought a lot that was in forclosure before they had permission to build on it. They knew the rules. Don't you think that may be why their "study" says that is the best lot to build on? We all want a big new Kum & Go, it just needs to be on the outskirts of town, so that downtown has a chance to be something better than a gas station. And that may take time. Come to the meeting tonight and address your comments to the council.

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Tammie Delaney 3 years, 1 month ago

Town Council tabled Kum & Go’s request to change the town zoning at the request of Neil Broderick from Kum & Go for MARCH 17th at 7:30pm. Please come and share your perspectives next month.

Hayden has very common ground in that we all want to have a vibrant community. As the letter writer (http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2011/jan/26/patrick-and-tammie-delaney-kum-gos-proposed-move-v/) I most definitely agree that Hayden needs more jobs and sales tax revenue. That is exactly why we need to uphold the community vision for a vibrant business district right in the center of town.

The town zoning was designed to accommodate for a diverse mix of retail; restaurant; nightlife; services (medical; dental; small pet vet; legal; design; etc.) offices and more on Walnut Street. Imagine owning a retail store, a restaurant, or an office... These types of businesses typically benefit from a synergy between similar type and complementary businesses such as another restaurant, a retail store, a clinic, or an office. It is not beneficial to have the next retail store, restaurant, clinic, or office a block or two away where folks have to get in their car or walk a distance.

Unlike a gas station/convenience store, these retail, restaurant, offices and other small businesses rely on other immediately adjacent businesses to survive and thrive. That's likely the reason when going to the big city to shop that we tend to go to a shopping CENTER where there's a variety of businesses all in one location so we can be efficient and walk from place to place.

Hayden offers a great opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to bring their retail; office or services into town at a very affordable level. We are an exceptionally unique and authentic community, adjacent to a regional airport; with a great climate; abundant recreation and outdoor amenities; great schools, an amazing vocational/trades program for kids. We are a great place to live AND create a business. THAT'S where the jobs come in... As Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute has written "in 21st century economic development a key concept is “COMMUNITY DIFFERENTIATION”. If you can’t differentiate your community from any other community you have no competitive advantage. " [Full article at http://www.orton.org/blog/heart_and_soul_planning]

Hayden has done an amazing amount of work to develop a vision that places it 'ahead of the rest' for community differentiation. It has what it needs in place to be a community that not only survives but thrives. Now we need to do the work to let folks know about it. I envision a state-of-the-art Kum & Go (in the appropriate zoned district) AND a great downtown business district. It may take a couple of years, but for long term health and viability of our town, I believe it's a vision that's very achievable and worth fighting for.

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Tammie Delaney 3 years, 1 month ago

whoops - Here's the link to 'community differentiation' article mentioned in my comment... http://www.orton.org/blog/heart_and_soul_planning

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Richard Hagins 3 years, 1 month ago

Tammie, I ask you one question, "How can the Town Council table an agenda item, if it hasn't been presented to us in the first place?" Only members of the Hayden Town Council can table an agenda item brought before them. The meeting was moved to that date so that all involved can be present for the meeting. As a Town Council-member I would like to have the opportunity to review this request.

Richard "Festus" Hagins Hayden Town Council

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Tammie Delaney 3 years, 1 month ago

That's a good question Festus! Maybe 'tabled' is not the right word, all I know is that your decision is not on the agenda for tonight and that it is scheduled for March 17th instead...

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Colette Erickson 3 years, 1 month ago

Well said, Tammie. Maury, the benefits of which you speak (construction revenues/jobs, aprox. one year) are very temporary in nature. Certainly not worth ruining the downtown historical district for such short-sighted "benefits". Hayden needs to focus on the big picture and long-term development/redevelopment goals. There is a wonderful opportunity here to make Hayden a vibrant and welcoming/diverse community. The Town Board needn't jump at the first thing that comes along - stay the course, follow the vision which so many put so many hours and lots of love into creating. Kum & Go has many more acceptable options than the currently proposed location - they have no real interest in Hayden, only corporate profits.

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