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Hiring Dan Foote for the City Attorney would be the first step in a positive direction I have heard about in months. I understand the need to interview other qualified applicants and bring in people from outside of Steamboat, but I also cringe at the amount of money I have seen paid for investigations, search firms and housing stipends/loans, etc. Then within 12 months of the hiring date, the vast majority of those people just don’t seem to work out (could it be the bureaucracy and red tape in our lovely little ski town?) and we have to start the process all over again. Dan Foote is not going anywhere. From what I am reading it does not appear that all of the shenanigans that took place with the existing investigations are going away anytime soon. It seems like having someone around with Foote’s experience dealing with all past and present council members, city employees and local citizens would be a huge help in navigating those waters. I would urge the new council members to not only interview the potential candidates for the City Attorney position, but to also interview past/present city employees and council members to get their perspective on what Dan Foote brings to the table. Then make a decision based upon years of proven work and working relationships with actual residents of our community.
I don't think Mr. Jespersen was trying to address how to fund the ideas, the intent of his email was to remind us all that the Yampa River is a tremendous asset to our community, and that if we do not take care of it and remind ourselves of the economic impact it does provide, it will begin to deteriorate. There is obviously discussion about how many tax dollars we should allocate toward building new bike trails, and investing in the downtown area, etc, etc but many of us seem to forget that our little stretch of river draws a large number of Summer tourists that stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, utilize local guide shops, shop at the grocery stores, etc, etc . .. all Summer long.
All of the towns Soren mentioned have great river access points (and many of em). Eagle county recently opened up several new ramps along the Colorado River that helps disperse river use across a much longer stretch of river and lessen the risk of certain areas being over fished and facilities worn down (paid for via GOCO funds). All of our neighbors to the South have decided to figure out how they can enhance the river experience around their areas, we should look at doing the same. I visited Bend Oregon this spring and was on the Deschutes river every day for a week . . . they have 12 designated boat ramps along a 5 mile stretch of river (and in the process of building more). They have obviously embraced the asset that naturally flows through their town and how it favorably impacts the local economy.
As far as funding goes, maybe it is more GOCO grants, or land swaps, or a portion of tax dollars from lodging, etc, etc, there are all kinds of options to fund these ideas. Maybe a local construction company would help donate and/or discount materials/equipment, and I am sure we could get local volunteers to do any necessary manual labor.
Thanks for getting the discussion going Mr Jespersen!
Totally agree with starting the Springalicious passes early (Today) . . . and take the opportunity to turn this into a positive (think about good PR!) for those that have already made plans to be out here and have paid for flights, lodging, etc . . . $79 for a lift ticket when you just closed 2/3 of the ski mountain . . seems like a slap in the face and once again .. . Bad PR for Steamboat!
Was just watching 9news . . news anchor was commenting on the lift ticket price increase in Steamboat . . ."If you plan on going skiing, you might want to think twice about heading up to Steamboat" . . is that the PR you guys were looking for?
Why not make the national news for dropping lift ticket prices, and brag about being the best value per skiable acre in North America! Think about positive press, not negative!! Ski Corp is trying to cover their a%$ by raising lift ticket prices because skier visits are down . . . and all this press release does is drive people away . . .has anyone seen one supporting argument for this price increase (beyond Ski Corp, thinking they have the best snow in the State and that is their justification) . . .There have been some pretty silly corporate decisions this year that have all backfired, you get all the white collars in an office room trying to protect their year end bonus and they come with short term solutions .. . . Netflix, BofA debit card fees, Susan G Komen, etc . . and I will now add Ski Corp to the list. We used to hang our hat on being the best "family" ski resort in the West and now we barely even show up on the radar for that . . . Ski Corp - - focus on your core strengths and make decisions that keep you ahead of your competition, stop digging a deeper hole . . This town town bends over backwards to cover your shortfalls, and if you have not figured it out yet . . . the town is getting tired of it.
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