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"While we are generally in favor of the right of Colorado citizens to petition in order to vote on governmental issues, we would liken any plans to amend the charter to citizen drives to amend the state constitution. Those efforts often turn out to have unintended consequences, are very difficult to repeal when discovered to be undesirable and handcuff the state legislature.
Similarly, amending the city of Steamboat Springs’ charter to require URAs/TIFs to automatically go to a vote would hamper the ability of City Council to govern."
No. If bonds must go before the voters, so must anything like this. If we decide to add a Parks and Rec district, that will be required to go before the voters I believe. So why not a URA? Am I missing something?
“The City Council finds that the presence of these (blighted) factors substantially impairs or arrests the sound growth of the City of Steamboat Springs, retards the provision of housing accommodations, constitutes an economic and social liability and is a menace to the public health, safety, morals and welfare of the City of Steamboat Springs.”
Note the words "and". If it was "or" I might understand how this could be certified. But "and"? All of those conditions exist? "menace to the morals of Steamboat..." What does that even mean? Is there a strip club downtown I don't know about?
Someone's smokin' the good stuff.
I regret I won't be at this dust-up on Tuesday.
Is this going to be a recurring column?
Wettest May on record in the US. Interesting.
The problem, Mike, is it'll take forever if we wait for each developer to finally get around to doing that. You'd have to take the carrot and stick approach, and each would have to be pretty big in order to compel action.
BTW, I hate the bump-outs. And while I'm at it, that fake curb along Yampa has got to go. How long till some poor SOB trips over that thing and breaks an ankle?
Aah, I feel better now. :-)
Believe me, as a blind person, I understand the need for sidewalks on Oak and Yampa, and this has gone on for far too long. But the cost of fixing it this way appears to be far too high. Here's another idea:
Use the money set aside for the police station to fix this stuff, and put a bond in front of the voters for a new police station. Done and done.
Of course, I know nothing about the nitty-gritty of this stuff, so someone tell me if/how my scheme is hairbrained.
Odd. Tyler Gibbs outlined all the specific proposed fixes to the planning commission the other night. You're saying these don't actually appear in the reinvestment plan?
Yeah, unfortunately, I don't think letters like this help raise awareness of man-caused global warming. We sound like we're looking for signs from God, and we're so eager to find them that we see them everywhere -- even in a bout of rain.
That said, we ain't done, folks. There's apparently lots more on the horizon. Things might get a little interesting around here if predictions for this weekend and early next week come to pass.
This one's gonna be wild. All signs point to sun, so come one come all!
Mark, this guy seems right up your alley:
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