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"The owner of the tractor is rancher T. Wright Dickinson — a former Moffat County commissioner. It will be up to him to get the vehicle removed."
It will become apparent soon who is working hard to INCREASE the costs of these trail projects. HINT: It is NOT Routt County Riders. The Board members, financial supporters and trail using community in general only want more and better maintained trails. It is sad to see a very select few work so hard against the trail using community. I hope the trail using community patronizes excavation companies that are not working hard to reduce the number of trails built over the next 10 years.
Maybe RCR should look into getting qualified for those projects too. I am not sure this town can afford to add any new core trail and the prices Fred is charging. Recently the core trail project to the Southeast was killed by council in a large part do to updated cost estimates. Just a guess but $250+ per foot on the Casey's Pond project might have had something to do with that new estimate.
Fred's statement is an outright lie that "everyone" was allowed to bid on the Casey Pond project. If he had said everyone that meets the qualifications (there is a long list of them) was able to bid on that project he would have been honest in his statement. Routt County Riders had no chance in being allowed to bid on the Casey Pond Trail project. Read the requirements/qualifications here: http://steamboatsprings.net/bids.aspx?bidID=52
The city established reasonable qualifications and took the lowest bid price on the Morning Gloria Trail project. It is unfortunate that Fred and others did not take the time to understand the projects being built enough to get their companies qualified in time to bid on the Morning Gloria backcountry trail project. They had 2+ years, other companies just like theirs figured it out on much shorter notice. It was not really that hard guys. Much easier than it would be getting RCR qualified to bid on projects like the Casey Pond Trail project.
In early February 2014, Routt County Riders provided the members of the Professional Trail Builders Association the link to where to find the city's upcoming bid documents to help ensure a quality product for a fair price. One of those PTBA members was in town working on a private trail project. He has admitted he doesn't know where his "home" is anymore as he is always on the road building somewhere new. These guys are used to living on the road and often stay at the trail build site when allowed. Already in town with no more mobilization costs than RCR he was essentially a local contractor for the Morning Gloria bid.
As a trail user, I would hate to see a poorly designed and constructed trail be built on public lands. Some sort of quality control is need. If "everyone" was allowed to bid/build on one of these natural surface trail projects, I would compare that to the city settling for poorly built import products that will fail and end up being replaced or require an unsustainable high level of maintenance. We have a number of trails and trail segments like this in the area that were not built by Routt County Riders.
Motorized trail users will be included in the USFS master planning process. Not every trail will be approved for every use, but I would be surprised if all trail users don't greatly benefit from a better planned and better managed/maintained trail system. That is if everyone involved comes in with and open mind and listens to the needs of the land manangers and the wants of the public. No one group should get all that they want in this process.
With the tracks at the 36" width, the ST240 can be at a 45 degree angle before tipping over due to its low center of gravity. In the hopefully very unlikely event it does tip over, it has a winch that can be mounted high or low for self recovery (plan for the worst and hope for the best). That is part of the specialized training the operators have completed. The winch in the top position can also be used as a safety tether when operating in places with consequences and the operator can operate it from a safe distance.
Scott, We are focusing on this summer here in Steamboat but have discussed a number of options to utilize the machine during the months we typically cannot build in Routt County. Many parts of Routt County are free of snow much longer than the mountains around Steamboat. There is a very good chance this machine (ST240) greatly benefits Steamboat in the months it is not feasible to build in Steamboat. I assure you we are weighing our options and making sure we don't commit to something we cannot follow through with.
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