Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 2 hours, 29 minutes ago on Planning commission approves conceptual plan for 180-unit condo complex near Walgreens


In this location it will be hard for residents to park elsewhere. So if there would be a shortage of parking then they won't be parking in front of other people's houses and generally messing up parking for neighbors.

Any parking issue would tend to be self correcting as people with cars would be reluctant to live at a place without enough parking.


Scott Wedel 23 hours, 20 minutes ago on Our View: All Routt County's students matter

Jobs pay better in SB and OC is not a bad drive. Ask OC businesses if it is easy to find good employees without paying SB wages and promising good hours. Some ag business is going to be hard pressed to pay well enough to pull workers away from SB jobs.

And South Routt is not a inexpensive place to operate. On average you pay more for the electrician or plumber to come out because they are set up to operate in SB.

And I note the South Routt business owners and employees that are dropping their kids off at SB schools. So at least some of those families with at least one parent working in South Routt are also using SB schools.

If Soroco officials think they can solve their attendance issues via some ag jobs then that will be proved wrong soon enough.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 1 hour ago on Our View: All Routt County's students matter

The local issue is not a lack of jobs. If anything, we have too many jobs that lead to people commuting to SB.

The issue isn't purely quality or perceived quality of school district because Hayden school district is clearly an underperforming district and is markedly worse than Soroco. But they don't lose as many students to SSSD. Probably because Hayden is the one population center in their school district and their centralized local schools are convenient even if they are not very good at middle school and high school levels.

But Soroco has very challenging district boundaries. It covers a large area, but the largest population center, Stagecoach, is a residential area just over the boundary from SSSD. Stagecoach is far enough from OC that Stagecoach residents do not drive through it to say pick up take out dinner on the way home from SB. Town of Yampa which is close to the geographic center of Soroco is a smaller town with less than 25% of Soroco's population.

Unifying Soroco with SSSD does not instantly solve the challenging distribution of South Routt's population. But it would greatly increase the viability of a Stagecoach area elementary school that could also draw from the southern portion of SSSD such as Blacktail, etc. It would also remove the "need" of Soroco parents to get their kids into SSSD before they could potentially be blocked by crowded classes. Even as SSSD accepts a bunch of out of district students, they didn't accept all 9th graders that applied. So that means, in the future, if parents want their kids into a larger, better SSSD high school then they need to get their kids into SSSD years ahead of time.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 12 hours ago on Our View: All Routt County's students matter

"Oak Creek officials are optimistic the community is poised to grow"

Same delusional officials that describe downtown OC as a pedestrian oriented retail district.

OC is going to lose out to Stagecoach as a place to build single family homes. Lots of nice lots near a lake. County has improved cty rd 14 so commute is much less scary.

OC could probably attract multi-family projects, but town doesn't want that.

And OC is still the worst run water district in the state that loses at least 100,000 gallons a day (as much as 50% of drinking processed by water plant) and yet still has no plan to annually replace some portions of the most deteriorated water mains.

And it has been 8+ years since State Dola official said he knew of no other water district that had been unable to figure out how to use water meters for billing commercial accounts. So, right now, OC subsidies large MJ grows by charging them the same fixed rate as an small real estate office.

"And while there is room for them [out of district kindergarten students] in 2015, there may not be when they enter 10th grade."

How is it figured that there is room for them in 2015 when Soda Creek still has portables? They don't accept those students this year then SC would only take a couple of years to no longer need portables.

The issue regarding out of district students is that SSSD tells the public the schools are overcrowded and causing all sorts of issues for current students and then lets in a bunch of out of district students.

Though, I think Montessori Charter school will remove any limitations on South Routt elementary school students from attending school in SB.

And the fundamental issue of why the districts should merge is that current situation with Soroco's largest population center, Stagecoach, will be a problem for both districts. Stagecoach families with predominately enroll in SB schools and many of them will take steps such as renting a small SB apt to get their kids into SB schools. And there is potential for a huge number of additional Stagecoach homes. So SSSD could be stuck having to do a lot of work to keep them from finding ways to get enrolled in SB schools. Meanwhile, Soroco faces an ever larger portion of it's population not interested in the local school district.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 22 hours ago on School Board meeting abruptly adjourned over conflict of interest concerns

But the removal of potential sub teachers from the list has never on the consent agenda.

And the list of resignations is heard as an item to thank those people for their contributions. Not to claim that the school board vote on that item has any legal relevance on whether those people have ceased employment.

Likewise, the list of possible sub teachers is just a chance to publicly welcome them back. School Board has no legal authority to remove anyone from that list.

Thus, being on the agenda is just ceremony and not something which school board can do anything other than acknowledge.

As I said before, Roger Good should have just asked Meeks to verify that Dover was no longer on sub teacher list.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 23 hours ago on School Board meeting abruptly adjourned over conflict of interest concerns

Yes, but in rational world Obama's second oath was just seen as a simple corrective step to give loonies one less thing to claim was a vast conspiracy. A misstated oath does not eliminate someone from office.

The rules for school board conflicts of interest were not being ignored. They had been disclosed and had been resolved. Only if it was later determined that being on a sub teacher list was considered employment AND that her verbal statement in last meeting that she was removing herself from that list didn't count as removing herself from the list then could it be questioned whether there might be questions whether school board was legally constituted.

I note that conflict of interest violations do not generally invalidate decisions made by the elected body, but expose the official to criminal charges. A political corruption case in which the person was accepting bribes for years does not mean that all laws, budgets and so on are then invalidated for years because a crook cast key votes.

Things will be handled so that at next meeting then everything is cleaned up without a shadow of a legal doubt so that they don't have to disclose on the bond refinancing that someone with sour grapes is pursuing a very speculative conflict of interest case.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 23 hours ago on School Board meeting abruptly adjourned over conflict of interest concerns

And note that Rich Lowe made allegations of conflict of interest against all three new board members. The allegations against Huron and Rush were ridiculous and dismissed.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 3 hours ago on Planning commission approves conceptual plan for 180-unit condo complex near Walgreens

Two parking spots per bedroom is way overkill. Actual usage as seen in other complexes is about 1.5 cars per unit. And guests vs going out to be a guest someplace else will roughly balance out.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 3 hours ago on School Board meeting abruptly adjourned over conflict of interest concerns


It is not on the application to run for office. A district employee may run for school board. There is a state conflict of interest law that a current employee may not serve on the board. So a district employee would have to resign from their job prior to taking the oath.

This was an oversight because Michelle Dover acknowledged that she couldn't work as a sub teacher while on the school board, but no one at the first school board meeting considered whether being on the list of sub teachers could be considered as being a district employee.

While I didn't like the Huron/Dover campaign as it used rather weak and ambiguous claims linking Wert/Huron to anti-education right wingers on a couple of Front Range school boards, if Rich Lowe's comments to the school board have any relationship to what Ann Lowe (any relationship?) intended to do while on the school board then the public chose correctly in Huron/Dover.