Clay Ogden

Clay Ogden 1 month, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs City Council opposes school district's $92 million bond proposal

You know Scott ,,, as annoyed as I am with our current council and city management it was the school district's job to to reach out to them ... not the other way around.


Clay Ogden 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Latest Google poll shows support dropping for Steamboat school bond

And from the same article: "Tax impacts are estimates based upon current assessed values. All impacts are multiplied by 3.64 for commercial properties."

Now in a nanosecond Russell Scott will copy and paste to re-post a million previously posted statements and will talk about the total increase in the tax burden and ignore multiplier for commercial property that everyone will eventually have to absorb.

I agree that we have a big issue to deal with ... I reiterate that I don't understand why the district refuses sell other real estate is has repeatedly stated is not appropriate to use for schools (Whistler) to reduce the size of what we are all being asked to borrow. That's just crazy. I could support this if the district sold other assets it seems clear it will never use.


Clay Ogden 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Former Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison dies at 73

I had the great honor of working with Mr. Ellison when I sat on the Economic Development Council. An honest gentleman ... an intelligent and pragmatic visionary that was not afraid of compromise to reach consensus to move forward for the betterment of the county. Ms. Stahoviak hit the nail on the head ... when Mr, Ellison spoke it was time to listen.


Clay Ogden 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Q. & A. with Michelle Dover, Steamboat Springs School Board at-large candidate

The question was "Do you support the proposed $92 million bond measure? Why or why not?"

So ,,, Do you support the proposed $92 million bond measure? Why or why not?


Clay Ogden 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat school bond campaigns heat up

This plan failures to understand the cost of ownership of assets and the failure to leverage existing assets. The district has decided at least twice now to back away form the Whistler property because it is too small. It will never get bigger and should be sold to reduce the bond requirement. The property where the district offices sits is immensely valuable but not for a broken down building that has failed for years to be reasonably usable, That should also be sold to reduce the debt load. Do those two things and then this proposal makes some sense.


Clay Ogden 2 months ago on City council candidates think downtown parking an issue

Hi Scott … I’m not sure if downtown parking is a ‘problem’ but it seems to me parking, traffic and road closures are, at least, issues to be discussed. I’ve lived near Soda Creek Elementary since 1989 and I think a real watershed happened when previous councils allowed Ski Times Square to be gutted (without insuring the ensuing development) as it drove a lot of tourist events downtown. Parking, traffic and road closures are no longer occasional or limited to the downtown corridor. Leaving Lincoln and Yampa out of it … Oak and Pine from 3rd to 8th have been closed numerous times for the past several summers with traffic zooming through residential neighborhoods with narrow roads and no sidewalks. Parking for downtown events reaches all the way to Soda Creek Elementary … 5 blocks from downtown. I don’t know where you live … but the residential area of downtown, particularly on weekends, is a nightmare. Let’s spread the love and close streets somewhere else for a change … on the mountain (where these events used to take place), in Whistler, Steamboat II, the Sanctuary, etc. for a change.


Clay Ogden 2 months, 1 week ago on CenturyLink outage disrupts phone service, sends 911 calls to Moffat County

My personal and professional experience is that the ladies and gentleman at the bottom of the CL pile work very hard. Middle and upper management are a horrible joke.

Consumers (business and residential) need to vote with their wallets and shop elsewhere, Everyone (especially state and local governments) need to pressure the Public Utilities Commission to hold this worthless, sniveling, git of a company accountable.


Clay Ogden 2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Mexican restaurant slated to replace Rio Grande in downtown Steamboat

Jeff ... why don't you try opening your own place and pay all the bills including the property tax rate at 3.7 times that of residential rates and let's see where your affable prices settle in.


Clay Ogden 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hinsvark: Investigator found "paramilitary" culture at Steamboat Springs Police Department

Personally I think the city attorney should follow Ms. Hinsvark out of the door. Even well intentioned folks can get lost and mired by precedence and cultural myopathy.

By Ms. Hinsvark’s own admission a culture of abuse and professional neglect has existed for years … the excuse being 'well that’s what we/they inherited’. The upside and downside of bureaucrats is that they maintain consistency as high level appointees and elected officials come and go. The current culture is poisonous and it seems to me we need and deserve something considerably better than we are getting.

The top of the pile ... City Council, City Manager and City Attorney needs to be talented and brave enough to do what's right and not what's been done in the past.