Stuart Orzach

Stuart Orzach 3 months, 1 week ago on Our View: Evil wins when good does nothing

The editorial manages to be blustery and hyperbolic while also being trivial and trite.

Would the editor please investigate why the last three City Managers have walked away with severance packages way larger than their contracts stipulated, and why the reasoning behind it is a big secret?

It seems to me that this Council majority still cannot get out of its own way.

Also please explain how 5 Council seats can be up for grabs. I only count 4. Am I missing something?

Why is the last Council meeting not recorded and available to watch online? I'd like to see how the Council majority justified the severance package offered.

In addition to the current challenges mentioned, there are two more I would like to add:

1) We need to wean ourselves off of our dependence on new construction, euphemistically called "growth". We still count on use-tax to fund regular maintenance. That is fiscally irresponsible.

2) We need to change the Development Code so that it doesn't encourage boom and bust cycles. The fact that development rights are seemingly vested forever, and are transferable, also strikes me as fiscally irresponsible.


Stuart Orzach 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs city manager to leave Sept. 1

It would also have to include a release of legal liability. But this doesn't answer the question of what the City is potentially liable for.


Stuart Orzach 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs city manager to leave Sept. 1

If the City signs a contract, with a City Manager, that stipulates a specific severance package, why have we had to negotiate much larger severance packages with the last 3 Managers?

It appears that, in all three cases, the City was buying legal protection. What is it that the City is doing that it needs protection from? The explanation that it's for job performance strikes me as so much diplomatic nonsense. This costs taxpayers a lot of money, and has not been adequately justified and explained to the people footing the bill in any of the three instances.

There is a cloud hanging over the City as a result of this, and it will not go away with anyone"s departure.

This needs to be addressed. The City needs to come clean.


Stuart Orzach 3 months, 2 weeks ago on City manager's exit being negotiated

We don't need stronger, more concentrated leadership. We need more citizens taking the time to actually understand local issues and participate in public process.


Stuart Orzach 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Inmates, families adapting to video visitation

Has the County considered providing remote video visitation in addition to in-person visits rather than instead of them? If prisoners and their families voluntarily reduce their in-person visits, then costs will go down and the new system will have proven its merits.

Has the newspaper considered interviewing prisoners and their families in order to more fairly cover this issue?


Stuart Orzach 4 months ago on City may hire public information officer instead of deputy city manager

I don't mean to rain on the parade, but I think there may be a misunderstanding of the facts. I had questioned a City Councilperson, a while back, about the decision to hire a Deputy City Manager. I was told that the decision belonged to the City Manager and not the Council. There was sufficient money already budgeted so no new funds needed to be approved by Council. As you recall, we lost Casey, one of two assistants to the City Manager, so ample funds were available. Consulting with Council on such a move may have been a good idea nonetheless.

I acknowledge that it's a full time job for any citizen to get down to the truth about anything in this City, and that is unfortunate. Perhaps more citizens would participate in public process if it wasn't so difficult.


Stuart Orzach 4 months ago on Ed Miklus: City must hire smart

Save the head hunting fees. Just hire Dave Kleiber as Police Chief. Kristin Bantle can run for Sheriff.