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Hinsvark and City Attorney are both mentioned in the Kleiber letter and both potentially neglected to act. The Council should have full access to the investigation report.
Zip line from Howelsen into river!
Thanks to Kleiber we will not have the new "Joel Rae Police Campus" and more importantly Steamboat will be a better place to live and play.
WOW! This is hard to comprehend. The Council members supporting Hinsvark clearly have an agenda that has nothing to do with running the City in an efficient, professional and ethical manner. It seems the basics of sound management practices are overwhelmed by the desire of some council members to grow the City into “Fantasy Land USA”. Hinsvarks willingness to push this agenda has garnered the blind loyalty of the majority on the Council. The new police department debacle, the blighted downtown, parks and rec upheaval and the police leadership investigation are all rationalized in the minds of some. These issues are very costly to the taxpayers and are bad for the City’s image. It seems some Council members are making management decisions with other people's money that would never be made with their own.
"She'll do everything in her power to corrupt the process." Miss Hinsvark has already demonstrated her willingness to corrupt the process. She has repeatedly lied to the public from the time the Kleiber letter came out. If not for the letter to editor by concerned community leaders and a letter to the City Council from a current police officer, Hinsvark would have buried this thing.
It is imperative that the communities confidence and trust in the police department and city management begins the restoration process as soon as possible. Without quick action to deal with these required duties of government, the City Council puts at risks much of the time and money invested on several majors capital improvement projects.
It still remains unclear why this process is so cryptic and complicated. This question needs to be answered; Does Chief Rae’s conduct and management style reflect the values of Steamboat Springs?
In the private sector, the recording of the Oct, 2014, staff meeting would be enough for any business owner to fire their top manager. The irony of Rae’s inability to conduct himself professionally and maintain composure while holding the much overdue meeting about his officers responsibility to act professionally and maintain their composure, would be comical if the issue was not so serious. Rae might as well have been screaming and cursing that “I’m not f@#$# qualified for this job.” The excessive force lawsuits and runaway turnover has been very costly to the taxpayers. Each lawsuit costs the City 50k out of pocket and officer turnover can run as much as 100k each. Even if you assign only half of the recent turnover to Rae’s mismanagement, the taxpayers have incurred nearly one million dollars in unacceptable expenses. This does not include any of the current tab for the ongoing investigation or future lawsuits. Managers should be an asset not a costly liability.
I find it impossible to believe any personnel matter would take three months to investigate. It is increasingly clear the people at the top are getting special treatment. A preliminary report needs to be issued by the investigator and action needs to be taken. It is time for someone to take charge of this situation and stop wasting taxpayers money.
Thanks for the clarification of what you meant by private user. This is a numbers issue. The more outfitters, the more crowds, the more problems. Expansion of outfitters, good or bad stewards, will only over crowd the resource and cost the City more money.
"The Parks and Recreation Commission proposed the working group because it believes parks and rec amenities are not being adequately funded and improved by the city's general fund."
What is the City properly funding? Sidewalks downtown?
Is it reasonable to add new parks if the current ones lack adequate funding?
Does the City have too many irons in the fire?
"Parks and Recreation Commissioner Doug Tumminello said it was unfair for the city to burden commercial river outfitters with regulations and fees while leaving private river users unregulated."
If there is anything unfair about this discussion, it's the idea that locals need to be regulated and charged a fee because the government has over sold the use of public space to for profit ventures.
Wow, you can't make this stuff up if you wanted to!
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