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Excavating without locates by law carries escalating fines that will soon eliminate most contractors. Utility companies use locating services to identify their product. This is by design as they can always point to others when an outage occurs. Some locates are bad and this is occasionally where the finger pointing begins as they team up on the contractor.
Let's not let Uncle Sam off the hook as affirmative action and government handouts lure English speaking workers to a softer life. Recent breaks occurred on federal highway projects that have required quotas of disadvantaged businesses leading to a loss of jobsite control. Regardless the contractor must remain responsible as losses from a break can run well into six figures. A knee jerk fix is not se easy.
Steve, Where ere you when this deal was consummated? What was your position at the time? Your seem to be a government involvement person, which may explain your ideas. This Iron Horse mess is probably serving one function in that it serves as a warning to wannabee social engineers.
This forum seems like a lightweights dream come true.
Experience has shown me that often the "eager beavers" stand to profit from the slaughter.
I went for about forty years of my life without seeing a bear. Killing is efficient but maybe we can move if it becomes a problem. Council can appoint another citizens committee to solve the problem ala the police station and avoid making a decision.
The city could not make the decision so they put the monkey on the back of a citizens committee. One problem, that was not the desired outcome. Now the monkey has transferred to the Counties back and it is up to them to make the city an offer that will never be good enough.
The city can proceed and the association can evolve over time as the county can't jump thru the cities hoops. I have said from day one that the committee was being used and will be abused.
John. Your spelling and facts need a little refresher. I see the only feasible route staying on grade with the railroad and paralleling it.
The new school and hopefully police station will certainly provide impetus to development of services on the west end. This will reduce the need to clog Lincoln in many instances. George is on the right track with his traffic concerns. We have had a reprieve from traffic on Lincoln due to the economy but gridlock is definitely in our future and it ain't gonna be purdy. In the past the city has refused to acknowledge traffic problems, maybe that is why we are being ambushed by an errant police problem.
Much concern about the past, what do we have going on today that is equally concerning and is slipping through the cracks?. Solid leadership will know what is happening. Yampa Valley Elec. embarrassed the community for years all the while backed by a rubber stamp board. Real leadership finally came on the board and big changes were forthcoming. Winning an election involves more than basking in the glory, we need real leaders.
Assuming that the police dept. had problems and that the chief was deficient, this probably has been an issue for years. The lawsuit problem should have caused alarm from even a casual viewpoint. The fact that thls takes a whistleblower to sound the alarm speaks volumes about staff and elected leadership. Are they'll all on pot?
Yampa Valley Elec. went on for decades embarrassing the community before leadership was elected to the board that called a halt to the fiasco. This problem calls to account all those wannabees that waited for someone else to step up. Sadly the list is long and goes back years.
Peter, Bill Shurman's post makes has me concerned and not willing to accept at face value all the info. I have run a business for a long time and there are assessments of my competence that range from acceptable to moronic. Will Rogers said don't believe anything that you read and only half of what you see. I find it hard to feel comfortable with this situation.
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