In response to yesterday’s letter to the editor, I wanted to provide the following clarifications.
As Steamboat Springs prepares to celebrate Ski History Week on Wednesday through Sunday with the induction ceremonies of the 2015 class of the National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, there is a local skiing legend I would like to recall.
On Sunday, Steamboat Pilot & Today published “Excessive force, excessive lawsuits.” At this point, I take no position on the recent allegations raised in writing by several current and former police officers against Police Chief Joel Rae, Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, City Manager Deb Hinsvark and City Attorney Tony Lettunich.
Thursday’s front page article “Steamboat City Council to decide if city should take on airport hangar maintenance” by Scott Franz seems to give credence to what many consider a misinterpretation of the obligations of the city and the hangar owners at the Steamboat Springs Airport.
We find it regrettable that City Council has directed its legal staff to amend its lease with Aviation Development Group (ADG) to absolve it and its tenants of having to cover the cost of outside hangar maintenance, including snow removal. We fully expect that investment in time on the part of staff will have been squandered Tuesday when Council reconvenes. We think it likely that members, upon second reading, may change their minds and vote to enforce the city’s leases with hangar developers.
It truly does take a community to make dreams happen. I want to say thank you for all the incredible support I received this past weekend.
During the past few weeks I’ve read in the Steamboat Today about countless winners from our area on various podiums across the world. The youth in our town excel in so many sports, and I love the spotlight they receive in our local newspaper.
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council announces a stellar line-up for the upcoming adult educational series.
In October of 2013, Congress shut down the federal government for 16 days putting the U.S. economy at risk and leaving 800,000 people out of work nationwide — 40,000 in Colorado. Estes Park sales tax revenue alone dropped 18.2 percent, two of our national parks lost more than $2 million in revenue each, and the city of Colorado Springs had one of the top percentages of workforce effected by the shutdown.
The train runs to a ski resort. Nine-hundred tickets sold, in 14 hours!
As a member of the Steamboat Springs School Board, I’ve had an opportunity to publicly express my personal frustrations with the proposed downtown Urban Renewal Authority and its impact on school funding. I’d also like to point out two significant concerns I have as an individual citizen of our community.
There are many infrastructure improvements planned for downtown. I agree many of these are warranted and long overdue. Also overdue is a discussion about options on how to pay for them.
The investigation into police misconduct allegations against Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle began Monday. City Manager Deb Hinsvark chose former police chief Heather Coogan, who runs her own company that offers workplace investigations, management coaching and human resources, to conduct the investigation. Coogan was recommended to Hinsvark by the city’s insurance company, and in our minds, that connection compromises the integrity of the investigation from the very start.
Though I applaud the City Council’s decision regarding commercial dumpster bear proofing, why do they continue to ignore the same solution for residential?
The city is hiring a former police chief whose department under her leadership was accused of having a harsh work environment and staff faced allegations of sexual harassment. This person is now going to fairly investigate similar charges against the Steamboat Springs Police Department leadership. Really?