Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 1 day, 23 hours ago on Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case

Wrong county, that is for Moffat County. The hint of that are the words "Moffat County" and not "Routt County" in:

"According to Yampa Valley Data Partners, a nonprofit research organization, the top 10 taxpayers in Moffat County are all energy related ..."

Producing coal and Oil&Gas is about 2% of Routt County's assessed tax base. Residential is 23 times bigger than that according to the Routt County Assessor's office.

"Only an ideologue or idiot fails to understand the gravity of THAT.".


Scott Wedel 2 days, 2 hours ago on Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case


How many people do you think live in Oak Creek and work at the coal mine? They are greatly outnumbered by those that use Oak Creek as workforce housing for SB employment.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 3 hours ago on Moose charges hikers, man with baby on Spring Creek Trail

Moose have killed humans. In Siberia, hunters armed with muzzle-loading guns feared wounded moose far more than they feared the large brown bear. Due to the thick skin on its head and neck and its dense skull, an attacking moose could not be readily stopped with a small, round rifle ball of soft lead.

I can't say that I found any references on how a football helmet stands up to a muzzle loading rifle, but I doubt that plastic is going to do better than 1" to 1.5" thick skull bone.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 3 hours ago on Supreme Court issues landmark stay in Clean Power Plan case

The article greatly overstates the impact of the decision on Colorado. Colorado has a state plan to reduce power plant emissions by 30% from 2010 levels by 2020. Part of that plan has been decommissioning some coal plants and converting others to nat gas.

State of Colorado was a bit annoyed that the EPA's CPP set 2012 as the baseline and had some rules to encourage renewables over nat gas conversion and so Colorado didn't get credit for CO2 reductions prior to 2012 and would need to add Front Range rooftop solar.. Though, the CPP with its later deadline would be easy for Colorado to meet since Colorado's 2020 deadline is more challenging than EPA's CPP.

Colorado's Republican Attorney General joined the lawsuit without the support of Gov Hickenlooper in an effort to more score political points than change any policy affecting Colorado.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 8 hours ago on Moose charges hikers, man with baby on Spring Creek Trail

Okay, so the plan is to start shooting off leash dogs. Seems a bit harsh, but I guess we need to do something about these out of control animals.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 2 hours ago on Routt County commissioners delay decision on Hahn's Peak Inn worker housing

So why continue this Doug and Tim? So the county lawyer can create a legal theory that isn't on the permit?

And in what bizarro world does county approve 6 rooms and not expect all to be occupied? Did county staff expect that it takes 24 hours to clean a room and thus, at most, half the rooms would ever be simultaneously occupied? Think that any limitations not on their current conditional use permit would hold up in court?

The area has a serious water supply issue. So deal with that. Make sure there are water meters on every property and issue daily statements on allowed water usage depending upon the spring's water flow. Modern water meters support wireless reading and every property can be monitored in real time to determine if someone is using too much water.

That this issue came up as a conditional use permit concern is a perfect example of what is wrong with government. Is there any reason to think that 6 people staying in a 6 room inn is any problem when the inn is paying proper lodging taxes and so on? Of course not. But fearless government is willing to jump in and consider creating a requirement that an inn must have some, unspecified, percentage of rooms kept vacant.

The only question that county commissioners should have concerned themselves with is whether they have some responsibility on tracking or allocating water usage.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 7 hours ago on Ed Miklus: City manager solved

But City Council was so inept at judging city manager's performance that they would have ranked her at the top of potential candidates.

I am not sure that we have improved on understanding the city manager's performance. I think we need a proper 360 degree job performance review of the city manager. That would not be a verbal job review. It would mean defining what are the detailed city manager responsibilities and how he works to be sure city depts are well run and whether that is effective.

And right now I would say that there is a problem of allowing poor staff presentations and a general lack of useful materials in the city council meeting packets. I generally liked Police Chief Cory's worksession presentation, but he is referring to needs analysis done in 2002 and 2010 as well as other documents of which none were in the meeting packet.

The precedent should be well established that staff presentations need to include relevant previous documents. When a member of the public can ambush a city council meeting by introducing historical documents as was done in the Triple Crown contract on using Emerald Park then the lesson should be learned that city council meeting packets need to contain the historical documents related to any presentation.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 7 hours ago on City Council wants more police station sites to consider

Scott F,

Seems to me that county's answer is clear enough. County Sheriff has had plenty of time to consider whether seeking to get what he can is better than seeking to get what he won't get.

I watched Police Chief Cory's worksession presentation.

The avenue that doesn't seem to be under consideration is one building to the exacting essential public safety building codes with an adjacent commercial office building to normal building codes. And after his presentation, it would seem to make sense to also put up a 10,000 sq ft steel framed barn for bulk storage, training area, winter parking of animal control vehicle, possible weight rooms and so on.

Seems to me that the essential building codes is a wasted expense here. It is not just a matter of time before a hurricane or tornado destroys a new police station unless it is specifically designed to withstand whatever natural disaster.

I would also expect that a normal commercial building would be much easier to remodel to meet future needs.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 8 hours ago on City Council wants more police station sites to consider


Everyone that has looked into the issue has agreed that the current police station is too small. The citizens committee also agreed that the current station is poor. Critical needs are for evidence storage, interview rooms, officer briefing rooms and sufficient workspaces.

The BAP fiasco is in the past. No one is talking about selling the current building at a discount to someone politically connected.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 9 hours ago on Moose charges hikers, man with baby on Spring Creek Trail

I don't think the issue is limited to moose treating dogs as it would treat wolves. Seems that a moose will charge anything from cars, snowmobiles, people and dogs that gets too close and is considered a threat.

Dogs are a particular problem because they will run to a moose and immediately become a threat and so cause the moose to start charging.