John Fielding

John Fielding 6 days, 7 hours ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

In an email to council members, City Manager Deb Hinsvark wrote that "unfortunately, the safest harbor for the city related to ongoing, touch-base meetings with our parks and community services director is simply not to have them."

Perhaps simply not have them" privately" is what she meant. "Touch base" meetings can easily be had at council meetings, Agenda Item: Brief report by Parks Dept re Triple Crown contract negotiations. I'll bet numerous people would attend for that item alone.

Thank you again to Scott and Sonja for maintaining transparency.


John Fielding 1 week ago on Police station committee arrives at building recommendation

Thought I had added my comment last night, did it get deleted or did I forget to hit "post"?

Kudos to the committee, and thanks. Please press forward with the recommendation that other public safety facilities from Yampa Street be brought along, that is much of the reason for this effort.

The purchase of the neighboring lot and incorporation of garage bays under a embankment style facility makes good sense. If we do not acquire that property now we will regret it in the near future.

The growth of this community will clearly be west of town. Within the projected life of this facility it may be near the population center. The growing need for fire and ambulance on that side of town is apparent, and would be well addressed in this effort.


John Fielding 1 week, 1 day ago on City seeking ideas for riverside park on Yampa Street

I'm with Steve Lewis on this one, a river feature creating a wave and a pool with a beach, and definitely restrooms using the existing water and sewer taps. Some benches and a picnic table or two where we oldsters can sit and watch the kids playing in the water. The point of this purchase was to obtain river frontage, lets focus on that natural attribute.


John Fielding 1 week, 3 days ago on Steamboat City Council to review marijuana rules

I remember after the election of 1960, my third grade teacher took down the picture of losing candidate Richard Nixon and said, "we can forget about him now".


John Fielding 1 week, 4 days ago on State energy grants open up new avenues for electric vehicle owners in Steamboat Springs

OK Scott, give us the real story. Take the average traditional vehicle, ton/miles per gallon (or GGE, gasoline gallon equivalent for natural gas), and compare it to ton/miles per KWH, then calculate losses in transmission and conversion, charging, etc. Will an electric vehicle move a ton further on the same amount of fuel?

We can mkle the comparison between the most modern gas/electric generating plants and the most efficient internal combustion engines. trying to compare coal and gasoline gets unnecessarily complicated. (And in all likelihood there will be far fewer coal plants and gasoline engines a few decades from now.)


John Fielding 1 week, 5 days ago on State energy grants open up new avenues for electric vehicle owners in Steamboat Springs

Where a state grant could be really useful is in getting a Compressed Natural Gas station here in Steamboat.Here or Craig is the missing link in the Denver to SLC route. And with all the fleet vehicles in this town, CNG is likely to do very well once it is past the start-up hurtle.


John Fielding 1 week, 5 days ago on State energy grants open up new avenues for electric vehicle owners in Steamboat Springs

What was I thinking? For some reason I thought we'd have to pay for charging at the site, a credit card swipe. I always knew that it would cost more per mile to burn fuel to make electricity to charge batteries to run cars than to just burn the fuel in the car. But now I get it, somebody else pays for the fuel!

Speaking of driver-less cars reminds me:

When I die, I want to go peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandpa. (Not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car) :-o


John Fielding 2 weeks ago on Kiely: Potential breach of faith

It is perfectly appropriate to have one park reserved for local sports teams only when there are so many other fields available for visitors and commercial use. It is also perfectly appropriate to build more fields to accommodate increased demand by Triple Crown. They provide substantial economic benefit, so use some more of that money to serve their needs at locations other than the one place dedicated from its inception to our kids.


John Fielding 2 weeks ago on Bear euthanized, suspected of ripping through shed door in Steamboat

The Wildlife officers were kind enough to provide some electric fencing materials for me to use in protecting the food being produced on my property. While the program is targeted specifically for beekeepers with multiple hives, the fact that I presently am down to only one hive was mitigated by the concentration of other attractants that can be protected in the same enclosure (animals and their feed, vegetables, composting food scraps).

They also explained that the spring hunt was banned by a voter initiative that they cannot modify. Thus, they will be forced to do the killing themselves, on a far more limited scale. It cannot begin to reduce the overpopulation, only remove the most dangerous bears after they cause harm and damage.

Bear breeding and survival is strictly a function of food supply in the wild, human hunting the only predation. If we do not fill our role in controlling their numbers, the bears will suffer hunger and disease, and of course make more desperate attempts to obtain food from us.

Guardian Angel sounded the bear alarm only once last night, but the foxes were having quite a night, making sounds like a cat being tortured to death. (Or maybe that's what it was).


John Fielding 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Affordable apartments pass first test with city of Steamboat, more to come

If a project such as this is wholly owned by a governmental agency (or church, aid group, etc.) then it is legitimate to exempt it from property tax. But it is my understanding that it will be owned by the developer, with YVHA keeping a titular interest only. I assume the proceeds will be split accordingly. Might it not also be appropriate to split the property tax exemption in the same proportion?