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How about a (brief?) report from each department head at each council meeting? "Touch base" regularly with the citizens representatives? Seems like something like that has been part of procedure in the past. Even if it was simply that "all business was strictly routine maintenance this week, no plans for future changes were under consideration", that would be worth hearing.
Minor items such as "we mowed the lawns in all the parks this week" could be passed over of course, but "we are negotiating for purchase of new snowplows and buses" should not. And something like We are negotiating with Triple Crown" or "we are considering cuts in bus service" should be always prominent in the council's (and public's) awareness.
Letting so much of the city business pass through the filter of the city managers office has potential for keeping matters of public concern unreported.
Tell us Scott Ford, if you please, what was the upshot of that briefing?
And regarding these walking tours of the city streets, make an announcement, invite the public, schedule several times so various council can fit it in their schedules.
There is little difference in the amount of staff time needed, maybe less since three or more council may then attend. The only drawback for staff is scheduling, waiting for proper notice.
The disadvantage is that staff or council may feel constrained in what they say based on the presence of a member of the public or press. I saw our planning director, a city engineer and two council on tour at Oak and eighth yesterday. If I was not shuttling kids around I would have asked to join the tour. Would the group have had the right to decline? Would it have been inappropriate for a mere citizen to ask to listen in?
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.)
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.
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
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