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Hmmm. Lets back track 25 years when we had 5 police officers and about 4000 people living here. Not near as many core trail users, river users and dogs, yet many patrol in yellow was out and issuing tickets to those off leasher"s mostly. We didn't really have a river issue except for the occasional pissed off fisherman. Most every one was respectful in their surroundings and there wasn't a trash problem. The occasional lost flip flop or sunglasses in the A Hole.. and drinking was always part of the float. (Heck"", Rock'n Roll Round Up would rent you a cooler with your tube for I think it was about $4 for the day.... No shuttles then........ Now fast forward to recent... 25 of more police officers and I think they are hiring. Steamboat has tripled in size, traffic and the river, trash, off leash dogs and dog poop has become a nightmare of disgust. (The bear proof trash and recycle cans should have been put in place over 10 years ago like they have been implemented in other Mtn towns).....This was the quote::.. "As summer tourism has increased and traffic on the Yampa has exploded, the city has lacked the necessary manpower to strongly enforce rules on the river, and as a result, its banks are often littered with trash following busy holiday weekends."......
They should have quoted: "It didn't lack the necessary man power, it had zero man power enforcing the trail and river."
Why is Steamboat lacking in thinking ahead of the problem instead of waiting until it has become over run with what most would call a disgrace to the community who have put their lives and soul into this valley..
Steamboat used to think ahead and outside the box instead of waiting to try and fix a problem that could only get worse..
At least something is being done but I don't see how 3 poor souls are going to handle educating the summer traffic without extreme frustration. Not after what I saw last summer...
Enough of this cra* already.. Why do we keep letting 7 people make decions for 12,000..
I have always hated this unfair process and it makes zero sense what the council is trying to accomplish accept an undemocratic way of deciding where someones business is located. The state voted, the town voted, now let the community have a choice. Put it to a vote and let a town of many decide not just a select few...
At least Oak Creek had the balls to do something right.
4 more years of crap.. Expect it and accept it... Wouldn't surprise me a tried impeachment for either party was to occur in that time...
Then there is this:
For a town that has stated it has a parking problem, this will only add to it regardless of underground parking.. By, by parking at little toots park for mom and dad.
If this gets approved I think that we will notice Oak and Pine is going to get a lot more cars parked for a full days shift if front of peoples home. And from my experience, we will see many people parking inconsiderately in front of their homes, blocking their access and making it difficult for person(s) or family to navigate around poorly parked cars. I have been blocked in and out of the entrance to my home many Sundays from church goers trying to find a place to park and not considering how they are parking and how it is going to effect the person who's house they have parked in front of. This is very frustrating when you cant get your snowblower, lawnmower, trashcan or barely squeeze your body out your entrance and around someones parked vehicle. This will happen and Its going to create many complaints on excessive and poorly parked cars.
This is just my opinion but I think there is going to be a slur of issues that will arise from this.. A test run during busy months should be tried before anything is finalized.
rhys... Thanks for the info on that. For some reason I thought the city had done 2 separate parking studies totaling $75,000 but with everything that has been happening in our tiny little town it has added some foggy confusion to many..
Mark... Parking garage would cost but didn't the city spend $75,000 on a parking study?? Maybe charge a fee to help with the cost.. I bet it will fill up with tourists and some locals . Maybe have it like the one in ski time square. Free for 2 hours then a fee. Just trying to throw some ideas out there. I for one don't want to see parking meeters down town or spend more money in Steamboat to park just to go spend more money on something that is already expensive.
David.. That has been mentioned as well but I think a 2 -6 month trial or something should be tried first. Due to the fact that a major Hwy runs through the middle of down town Steamboat, I would think that it would further congest 40 and Oak. With consistent year around detours off Lincoln, Yampa would then have to be opened both ways or the traffic would be just be crazy.
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