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But both of them are removed from being fully productive tax paying entities.
Regardless of any other consideration, we must insist the maintenance be brought up to par. Or is it our policy that the beleaguered tenants there "do not deserve" standard treatment because they are "charity cases"?
The charity I dispense privately does not come with substandard treatment. What is being done there in my (and your) name is offensive.
But is it OK for anyone else to sleep in their vehicle at Stockbridge? And for that matter, can a fatigued driver nap in City limits, or must they pull over out of town? Wal Marts around the country encourage overnight parking by RVs. Would they be told to move along in this town? Is there anywhere in this town an ordinary citizen can sleep in their vehicle?
We encourage RVs to park over at Howelsen, many sleep in them there especially when the RV parks are full. Are we allowing an illegal activity for those who own hundred thousand dollar rigs but not for the poor carpenter in his plywood truck cap? The winter of 77-78 when I ski bummed at Killington I started out in such a modest abode. By the second night I was parked on the jobsite where I had been hired, after a couple of paychecks I got a house rental.
Lets cut them some slack. They are here to contribute in their modest way to the ideal we all support. And as Harvey pointed out in the parallel thread, some go on to become outstanding citizens of this community.
We already have an affordable housing parcel, that needs to be sold at a loss now as well. Just as in the case of the Iron Horse, it is so unlikely to ever gain enough in value to meet the cost of keeping it that the best route is take the loss now and stop the bleeding. At least then both properties could return to taxpaying operations.
Appreciation of vacation properties is growing less likely every day as people are receiving their new insurance bills. If the present trend continues for a year and the projected numbers of people pay so much more than before, we will see another downward spike in non essential spending, starting with vacations.
I routinely have "homeless" visitors in my house, seems to average about 6 months of each 12. Sometimes referred to me by Church connections, more often it seems the Almighty handles it directly and sends them my way. Not many skiers among them, nor with money in reserve, just people needing a little help.It's a good tradition, hospitality, claimed by the South, the West, New England, the Heartland. Lets keep it alive here too.
John Fielding 846-3012
A lease with option is just a holding pattern, to get someone who cares to take care of the property till it presumably will appraise higher in a few years.
We certainly must face the fact that some loss is involved no matter what we do. I suggest we lease it to a bondable entity at a rate that will allow them to operate it at a profit. Maintenance and damage provisions in the lease will assure that depreciation is not excessive. Credits for improvements will help encourage that practice as well. An option to purchase at the appraised value in five years will give the operators the opportunity to keep the equity they build by positive business practices. It is unlikely we will lose any more than we are now, and we will no longer be slumlords keeping a property in disgraceful condition and risking negligence lawsuits.
I had occasion to visit the Iron Horse the other day, helping someone move their things. The degree of neglect left me distressed and angered to realize that I am an owner of that establishment. Most disturbing was a large ice accumulation on the walkway that was treacherous for the ordinary person, truly dangerous to me with my challenges in mobility. The worst part is it was completely avoidable, the ice could easily be removed by simple mechanical means for the most part, and a little melter to finish it off. The source was a leader from a gutter that was damaged and disconnected, allowing the water to come down the heating cable and escape onto the sidewalk, all easily repairable by a maintenance staffer with the most basic skills.
Next to that there was a window broken out, I was told it had been thus all week. The temporary patch was a loose board and some pieces of cardboard, not very tight to weather nor secure against entry. I realize a replacement for the old sash could take some time to order in, but there are any number of professional craftsmen in town who could easily fashion something tight and secure, even good enough to use permanently by using Plexiglas.
When my friend moved in I made a loan of my vacuum as the place was not very clean. It came back with the canister full, an accumulation from an area of less than 200 sf that clearly indicated some long use since a good vacuuming last occurred.
Conditions such as these are only possible when the owner has little or no regard for the health and safety of the guests. Unfortunately, that owner is us. I for one object, and demand that conditions there be improved to a level that meets ordinary standards of maintenance, or that the property be passed out of our ownership and liability.
In my experience, I find our City facilities are generally very well maintained. Why is this a glaring exception?
You can hardly say the Western has been in a holding pattern for development as the same Mom and Pop owner operators have been there for decades. It only has come on the market recently as Peter's advancing age has taken its toll.
Hey, maybe if this comes to be there will be pass transfer privileges and a regular flight between the local airports!
Masked agents? Smashing windows for access? What does this sound like?
Why could they not simply come in during business hours and say we're here to conduct a search and seizure per this warrant?
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