Clay Ogden

Clay Ogden 1 month ago on Legal debate over planning document complicates annexation of subdivision near Old Town

"If the parcel is annexed, the zoning would be determined at a later date."

To me that's the crux of the problem with this process, The developers have stated to me that they would prefer minimal density ... something transitional ... supported by a number of local property owners. The unknown development potential is a huge concern. The city staff and some on council seem to prefer maximum density ... like the transitional mess in cities like Boulder ... open space to maximum density in the blink of an eye.

To me ... the problem with maximum density is the lack of city infrastructure in adjoining streets funneling into Soda Creek Elementary ... narrow streets, no side walks, inconstant snow plowing. Yahmomite and Merritt funnel tons of traffic to SCE already. Someone from city staff needs to watch what happens on Merritt between 8 and 8:30 am and 3 to 3:30 pm to understand the problem.

The developer can't be expected to solve all of these issues on their own ... the city needs to step up, prioritize, and deal with city charter issues like public safety and security (as opposed to notable discretionary items like gravity induced slides at subsidized ski hills) before it expands it's boundaries.

I get the potential need to absorb by expanding through the Urban Growth Boundary .,, but the city (and city staff) also needs to get that it has a responsibility to deal with infrastructure impacts related to that expansion beyond the specific bounds of the UGB.


Clay Ogden 2 months, 1 week ago on Former Steamboat police officer exonerated

"As this judicial district’s chief law enforcement officer, I believe that, for this community to have faith in its criminal justice system, the integrity of every officer must be beyond reproach," Barkey said.

Seems kinda odd to me that the judicial district's chief law enforcement officer seems completely unaware of or uninterested in any of the other integrity issues within the Steamboat Springs Police Department. He seems only interested in the whistle blowers Ms. Bantle and Mr. Klieber. Just seems odd ...


Clay Ogden 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months, 1 week 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 4 months, 2 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 4 months, 3 weeks 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.