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The issue with meat processing is that there is a large amount of product available in the fall to be processed and then the supply for the processor falls off a cliff in the winter time.
Really that is the problem that needs addressed first and foremost. The -42 down the road -30 here this morning makes it awful difficult for anything to gain weight, which is needed to ensure product quality. While it appears that the problem is lack of processing, that is simply a symptom of the problem and how do you address that problem? If you can solve the problem of an inconsistent supply of meat or figure out a way to use the processing facility in multiple ways then maybe additional capacity should be added.
Shoot if the county wants to make more local products available, maybe they should take steps that Boulder and Larimer counties have done to allow farms to engage in the processing/preparation of their own farm products on farm as an agricultural activity and not an industrial or commercial wholesale one. If you want a food hub, you ought to at least allow/encourage people to prepare their products on their farm to gain some economy of scale prior to developing a food hub.
The county was willing to change the rules for apartments in multi-use structures (according to what the building inspector stated yesterday), however, they are unwilling to forego a structural analysis of a sound barn (everywhere still level). I hopefully will no longer be in debt to my eyeballs soon and feel confident in taking some small risk.
Grow it and they will come Jerry!
It might be better to make several smaller "hubs" throughout the region, helping out Oak Creek, Hayden, Yampa, etc.. In the summer people can drive through the valley see some of the farms pick up some of what they have locally and then head to a hub in Oak Creek that might be a charcuterie, a regional bakery/flour mill in Hayden, etc.. With a centralized distribution hub in Yampa so that we can export our agricultural products to the I-70 corridor. That synergy might just help to draw in some skiers who fly into Vail/Beaver Creek to come here because it is something that they could never recreate.
Trying to fight nature and grow food indoors is probably not the best idea. It is probably more sustainable to use row covers to extend the growing season and then can, pickle or store root vegetables in a large distribution center that is not in Steamboat Springs as land costs are too high.
Turn the TIC campus into apartments as housing is still cost prohibitive and if you can help revitalize the outlying communities through agriculture, then that affordable housing will most likely go to those working in those communities.
Too bad you can not just call the certificates of participation, what they are debt, and get out of the terrible terms that are involved in the debt agreement. A debt agreement that should have required the vote of the public who are now saddled with the debt. It is so nice how some in Government got around the spirit of the law requiring a vote of the people to saddle the community with debt.
It seems that those who would circumvent the process, place city employees wages and critical infrastructure in jeopardy should not be leading any sector of our government....
Probably not. Competition probably is only a small portion of what would drive down costs. The other part is the fees the airport charges, how do you work to bring the landing fees down??? Could the sales tax be used to make that part of the cost of flying into Hayden negligible.?
Voters suspended Tabor in November of 2005 for 5 years. That allowed increase in tax collections probably could have paid for the road repairs.
If property values have declined by 31%, the county decided to not take in the allowed amount of tax revenue and asked for a tax increase to fix roads in 2007 then they failed to simply use allowed revenue streams to fix the roads, without asking for a tax hike.
The county reduced the taxes it collected because it could as opposed to putting it into a reserve fund to pay for needed and foreseen repairs. It then went back and asked for a tax increase to fix roads all the while taking in less tax revenues than the state would allow.
One could probably go down all line items in the budget and determine wether the county is getting a value for that expense or if the private sector could do a better job. I would guess that savings could be made, if the government did analyze every function and determine wether they are worth while or not.
When it takes a year for the airport restaurant to put up a face book page, because of the red tape, my guess is that many rules exist simply to justify peoples jobs.
It really is a matter of time before the simple law of supply and demand kicks in and rents start to decline.
Thanks for helping me make up my mind. Anything that locks in the amount of funding for schools, no matter if there is an economic downturn is dumb. If the economy takes that big a hit, that the state patrol funding or other critical needs are forced to be cut and education is locked in does not make sense.
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