Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 5 hours, 42 minutes ago on Steamboat City Council gets an earful about recent cuts to winter bus service

Looking at demographic data on the aging workforce, it would suggest that city should try to figure out how to attract older, possibly recently retired residents as bus drivers. That might mean allowing drivers to have shorter shifts and offering more substantial pay differentials for working unpopular shifts or routes.


Scott Wedel 5 hours, 52 minutes ago on Steamboat City Council gets an earful about recent cuts to winter bus service

But what is new that certain jobs require drug free workers?

I don't see the railroad saying they cannot find locomotive engineers or airlines cannot find pilots because of mj. The difference is that those jobs pay well and being drug free is an acceptable part of the job.

When trucking companies are offering bonuses for drivers then bus drivers have higher paying alternatives. Sure, there are advantages to having a local driving job and returning home at night, but it also means that the city cannot assume that enough people want to be seasonal bus drivers.


Scott Wedel 6 hours, 23 minutes ago on New parking enforcement technology tested in Steamboat's downtown business district


Another response to Chief Rae is why should the public have to trust that anyone won't abuse that information?

A lesson from the Sony experience should be that what is presumed to be private can too easily become public.

Seems to me that law enforcement wants the data just because it is more data that could become useful to an investigation. Though, it would quickly become enough data that could be used to determine who all is often meeting with each other and all sorts of potentially very invasive results.

I have a hard time thinking of any questions regarding individual parking habits that would plausibly affect city parking policies. How does could it affect city parking policy when Scott Ford and his minions park downtown?

The data that is relevant for parking policy has nothing to do with who is parking where. The number of available spots in both short term and long term parking is really the only statistics that matter. And that requires the number of empty spots, not the license plate numbers of those that are parking downtown.

If city officials wish to say tracking parking by license plate number is no big deal then the parking habits of their official and personal vehicles for city managers, Chief Rae and so on should be kept in a publicly searchable database. If any of them object then that is exactly why they shouldn't get that information of the public's parking habits.

And the public should thank Stuart for being on the ball and exposing the privacy issues of what the city is considering.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 7 hours ago on Routt County's improving economy confronts a shortage of workers

Well, if SB had an intelligent working affordable housing program then it probably would still be in effect.

But when SB has an indefensible program requiring luxury developments to include some "affordable" units that no eligible buyers wanted then the program should be thrown out.

By promoting a ridiculous program initially then there were no credible advocates for a workable program when the city council decided to get rid of what was broken.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 9 hours ago on Routt County's improving economy confronts a shortage of workers

Well, the public sector hires employees that value stability.

Anyone with ambition and seeking to advance as the company grows will prefer private sector jobs. Any company has serious problems if they are losing employees to the public sector.

Someone with ambition being hired into government would see how to reorganize the dept to be more effective and efficient, and probably eliminate some jobs. In the private sector those are the traits of a good manager that is going to get promoted. In government, that is a troublemaker threatening the status quo


Scott Wedel 1 day, 10 hours ago on Routt County's improving economy confronts a shortage of workers

Sure, temps were wrong, but you cannot have various employees changing the settings from warmer to cooler and back again.

You need employees willing to bring it management's attention on what are the needed settings and get a decision on what will be the temp setting..

And if a back of a house manager comes in and discovers the cooler's temp is 45 degrees then he should have thrown away every food item that can spoil. If he turned down the setting and served it anyway then that was a poor decision.

I am just suggesting that his story suggests he wasn't a stellar employee that any restaurant would be excited to hire. He might have been great, but he doesn't come off very good in how he tells this story.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 13 hours ago on Steamboat City Council gets an earful about recent cuts to winter bus service

I doubt it was entirely coincidental that several people showed up for public comment on bus service. City Council has made it pretty clear that they don't care about public comment and that the public is supposed to deal with the city depts to handle their issues.

I'm guessing that people with bus route issues were told at some point (city staff, bus drivers or among themselves) that they should show up for public comment.

Ski Corps isn't going to bite the hand that gives them goodies.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 13 hours ago on Routt County's improving economy confronts a shortage of workers

As the number of available workers decreases then employers start having to hire less than stellar employees.

Not to be mean or harsh, but your story of changing the temp setting is not what employers want in employees. It is good to care and check temps, but going around and changing cooler temp settings without management's approval or knowledge is generally not appreciated and obviously not wanted when management is returning the temp settings to their previous values.

Maybe management is wrong wanting the cooler temp to be 45, but you have to then convince management to change. You cannot simply impose your own rules contrary to management.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 13 hours ago on Steamboat's free concert series lineup announced

The free concerts and the free bus are to benefit local businesses.

The free concerts are supposed to draw people whom then spend money at nearby restaurants and bars.

The free bus brings some low wage workers to their jobs and moves tourists to the next place for them to spend money.

Both the free concerts and free bus are logical results of SB City promoting the tourism business sector.