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There was, in fact, a motion by Connell, second by Kounovsky, passed by Council at the September 2nd meeting, which included the provision that, in the event the BID fails, the URA discussions would be over.
The videotape of the meeting is available for viewing on the City's website. So are the approved minutes.
I attended the meeting last night. What the newspaper failed to note is that the decision to hold executive session was made by formal motion and vote. This means that a majority of Council was willing to go on record saying that there are still problems that need to be dealt with ASAP.
Ken is right. Ultimate responsibility lies with the majority of Council that has actively or passively condoned the City Manager's "freight train" style. Whatever you may, or may not like about it, you have to admit that the Manager can count to four.
When you stick your head out of the foxhole, and attempt to provide leadership, as Scott Ford did last night, you inevitably get shot at by friend and foe alike. Colleagues criticized his style and timing but, in the end, he received grudging support from a majority of Council. He should be congratulated for throwing himself across the tracks, and I'm sure the marks on his back will heal.
The laws governing conflict of interest are stricter for City Councils than they are for non-profit boards. Not only is conflict of interest illegal, but appearance of conflict of interest is illegal as well.
I suggest that having Tony Lettunich brief the Council on the law would be the appropriate place to start. This is a matter of law, not a matter of opinion subject to debate by Council or citizens. I have seen previous Councils make light of this issue as well. This is nothing new in the deeply entrenched good-old-boy system of politics that prevails here.
It is time we started conducting business in a professional manner.
The blue and green lines are supposed to be "interlined", but have required a transfer the majority of times that I rode it this year. The duration of the layover has been from zero to 20 minutes.
This is a small band-aid. I wouldn't get too excited. Does this mean that the blue line and green line will run consistently on schedule and not require a transfer? They haven't so far.
I wish the newspaper would finally get it straight that city staff is not "the City of Steamboat Springs".
When will staff stop giving sales pitches to citizens and Council and start providing objective information?
When will certain Council members learn that staff works for them and not vice versa?
When will this newspaper focus on journalism and cease functioning as a lifestyle magazine promoting perpetual subsidized growth?
Nobody has even mentioned how many visiting skiers uses the bus as their sole means of getting to the mountain and stores and restaurants. Scot Ford's statistics are so narrowly focused that I don't care to comment on them. They only address workers going to work. They don't include a lot of seasonal people who don't show up in the census. They don't include every other type of rider. They don't address the benefits of public transport that accrue to people who don't even ride the bus.
I also want to add that anyone who has time to blog ought to have time to e-mail their views to the entire City Council. Most of them are not reading this. The editor does not make decisions on this. Neither do your fellow bloggers. I'm glad you're all having a good time here, but take a little time out to do something that actually matters.
"Small segment" indeed!
You would be hard pressed to find a resident or visitor who does not benefit directly or indirectly from the existence of the bus system.
The bus doesn't just serve a small segment of the population. It is an essential and integral piece of infrastructure that has already been bought and paid for by the citizens. For the Council majority to trash it to save $100,000 constitutes gross and egregious negligence.
The bus service subsidizes low wages, enables higher profits and higher commercial rents. It does more for the ski area and the businesses and landlords in town than it does for the people who ride it.
Two years ago, Skyview Apartments, a major residential development project, was approved by Council, even though the development is woefully short on parking. The approval was predicated on the fact that it was on the bus route.
If Council still doesn't get it, then why don't they just go ahead and cancel bus service for the rest of the ski season. We'll just see who gets hurt. And why don't they lower our taxes too in order to compensate for the reduced services and the failure to properly steward millions of dollars of assets in the form of buses and infrastructure that we have already paid for.
Bart Kounovsky, the Chairman of City Council, should resign over this. He should no longer serve on Council. Leadership such as that which he has provided is detrimental to the welfare of the citizens of Steamboat Springs.. .
The bears will never leave town. They would lose the right to serve on City Council and to vote in municipal elections.
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