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I hate to break it to you but $10 is the going rate for a large bucket of balls these days. I also hate to break it to you that $10 is EXACTLY what the Haymaker charged for a large bucket of balls last year. For once, how about something remotely intelligent out of you. Just once, dude.
Sounds like it's time for Joe Kracum (and his squirrelly process) to go. This was clearly an expensive and enormous failure. City Council should endorse the "buy local" campaign and find someone here locally that can get this done right. Pay this guy no more.
I drove by twice this afternoon and the site was shut down. Unless I missed something, it's an afternoon of ideal construction weather wasted. Get after it, that concrete isn't going to lay itself.
(and no reason not to just work through the weekends this time of year--this is as dead as it gets around here)
The question is: what was the initial low bid compared to Duckels' final bid of $7.18 million? That's what this article doesn't mention. Because Duckels said he was trying to be competitive with what the Pilot reported as a bid range of $7-7.5 million. $7,180,000 is well above the stated low end of the range. That's hardly "competitive."
I'm guessing the range of $7-7.5 million wasn't entirely accurate and that Duckels' final bid came in just under the initial low bid. That would explain the suspicion of leakage and the reason for this discussion (because trimming a bunch of money alone--although suspicious--wouldn't spur such allegations.) Perhaps someone can comment on what the initial low bid was compared to Duckels final bid and maybe this will all make more sense.
" According to Steamboat 700’s annexation agreement with the city of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat 700 would fund 77 percent — not 100 percent — of the cost to improve the U.S. 40-Elk River Road intersection. "
77% seems like a pretty hefty and generous contribution considering this intersection was geeked long before Mulchahy came to town. That could surely be said of the rest of the proposed highway improvements and the associated contributions from the developer.
So, what happens to these EXISTING traffic issues and who's gonna chip in on the improvements if the 700 annexation gets voted down?
i'm seeing an objective presentation of FACTS here. although wildlife may not be on YOUR list of concerns, i'm sure there are plenty that are concerned with this. i'm also pretty sure it's not the newspaper's responsibility to go find the answers to YOUR questions. and just because the pilot published some dude's concerns/questions in an editorial column, that doesn't make it their job to go find the answers. given your level of commitment to opposing this thing, i would like to know what YOU'VE done to get the answers to YOUR questions.
and if you want a say so on what makes front page news, then maybe you should get a job working for the pilot.
the problem i see with one of your questions is that 700 isn't intended to be good for steamboat "now." this vote pertains only to the ANNEXATION and there will not suddenly be 2000 new homes sitting out there if it passes. it is (at least) a 20 year PHASED project that would be built only upon demand. in fact, it will probably be several years before you see even a single home on the property. but when the time comes (nope, i'm not one of those who thinks we're forever doomed), then we've got annexed land and a plan in place to handle and control the growth.
please put your long range planning/thinking cap on when analyzing this issue, and don't be like most of the anti's who can't see past easter. (let the, "then why are we voting on it now?" begin)
and no, i don't work for 700. it's really too bad that some have ONLY that to say in response to pro700 dialogue.
taking a shot at fred for someone being tragically killed on his watch couldn't be any further from an opinion. you obviously didn't read the comments before they were deleted. but thanks for coming out.
oneski is WAY over the line with those comments towards fred. that couldn't be any lower. how have the pilot boys not blocked that by now?
agreed, living in steamboat is a choice, not a right. if you cannot afford to live here, then chose to live somewhere you can--no one owes you anything.
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