Bob Enever: Restore city services

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Twenty percent of the time when we, the public, need to interact with city of Steamboat Springs staff, we are blocked. It’s called Friday. Closing city offices Fridays was a cost-saving measure during the Great Recession, but the recession officially ended in June 2009 and sales taxes have been rising. When will full city services be restored to the public?

Bob Enever

Steamboat Springs

Comments

Fred Duckels 12 months ago

I suspect that many city personnel prefer the four day week.

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walt jones 12 months ago

Agree with your letter Bob. Will be curious if we ever get a truthful answer as to why they close still.

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Mark Ruckman 12 months ago

I would ask the question why does the city need to switch back to 5 days a week by 8 hrs a day instead of 4 days a week 10 hours a day?

What major concerns has the city heard from the public about the current hours being a major inconvenience from those who can only conduct their business with the city on Friday?

I rarely have to interact with the city, so from my perspective there is little to no problem with the current plan.

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Scott Wedel 12 months ago

I calculate that city services are not available 42% percentage of the days of the week. That is called Saturday, Sunday and Friday.

Or that city services are not available over 75% of the time. That is called evening and nights and Fri-Sun.

What city service is missed and desired by the public that is not available on Friday?

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mark hartless 12 months ago

Anyone who has to take something through the city is held hostage while those personelle is not available.

I can't tell you the number of hours-turned-to-days I have spent waiting on responses from municipalities on issues from building permits to inspections to zoning questions/changes to storm water regs and approvals, etc, ad infinitum.

When the personelle who's signature is required are not available things shut down.

Private citizens are robbed of their time because they are required to seek input from people who, on 20% of the business days of their life, do not exist. It's maddening.

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Scott Wedel 12 months ago

Mark,

Well, building dept services is available 5 days a week. As for zoning or city regulation questions, it is pretty reckless to act on a verbal response and so what matter is how many days before they return written approvals.

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