Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis 1 day, 7 hours ago on Routt County's improving economy confronts a shortage of workers

Not enough workers. Deja vu.

A decade ago local public offices were won in part by supporting work force housing measures. 5 years ago public offices were won in part by offering to throw out housing measures.

It will be interesting to see where we go from here. This rudder is so damn slippery. Steady advice at the helm, Pilot. Thank you.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 1 week ago on Downtown Steamboat Springs stakeholders narrowly reject proposal to fund BID with property tax

Scott W,

It is my understanding that Kim Haggerty organized the Yampa St light installation with private interests, not the city? Looks great, btw.

In early 2013 my own outreach could not find real interest among Oak St. owners. Largely because the Yampa St conversation had already mentioned taxes while offering nothing in return. Some improvement carrots from the city may stoke some owner interest. Hard to say after this vote, which I actually thought would pass.

I visited with the city manager this morning. Really informative and appreciated conversation. Should mention I also visited the planning dept., where staff had heard I was campaigning against the BID. Simply not the case. I was quoted by the Pilot and posted some comments here. Not aware of anyone else working against it either. This ballot failed by itself.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 1 week ago on Failure of tax poised to impact future of downtown Steamboat infrastructure improvements

I was inclined to support the early downtown URA concept, but leaned the other way after a few meetings when I did not see a 3 street partnership, or a County partnership. These can be built. Communication will have to be much, much better. And open. For instance:

These 2 councilors and the council president intend that BID tax $$ would maintain URA improvements. This may be a reasonable position, but these interviews should have come before the BID vote. Because a majority of BID board members assured a stakeholder audience at the Chief Theater this would never happen - the BID $$ would NOT maintain URA improvemens.

Given such significant miscommunication before a vote on new property taxes, it is a good thing the tax failed.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Downtown Steamboat Springs stakeholders narrowly reject proposal to fund BID with property tax

I made the effort to join the BID/URA conversation during 2012 and 2013. The spirit of the conversation was commendable - let's improve our street. Give them credit for trying.

Tracy Barnett was exceptional. Her effort to accommodate any voter's need for locally acquiring and casting ballots was the antidote for a confusing and cumbersome BID voting process. Thanks Tracy.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council is 1 vote shy of adding parking meters downtown

This staff item in a 2012 Council packet answers some of the above questions about beginnings. The presentation expects the coming ULI report to help revitalize Yampa Street.

The ULI does good work if you ask me, having attended a ULI conference a few years earlier. And I liked their report for Council. One correction for Scott, the ULI was asked to consider Yampa Street, not downtown. I can't find a link, but their report does recommend studies of parking and traffic. This was smart advice, given the density we are trying to send there.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Making it their way: Casey Earp: Local government guru

It is a rewarding experience to speak with a city or county employee who truly wants to hear what you have to say. Casey exemplified this quality in spades when his internship began. Awesome attitude! Thanks Casey.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Gayle Trotter: Regulators and bureaucrats vs. the Soup Nazi

When aerial photographer Rita Donham flew around Northwest Colorado in the 1990s, she often saw a low, yellow-orange cloud. The cloud usually appeared in the springtime. "You could just see the plume coming from the power plant, heading eastbound toward the Steamboat Springs area and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness," Donham said.

Now, that cloud doesn't seem to appear. Donham no longer lives in the area, but she still has property and business clients in Steamboat Springs. "It's just not there as much," she said about the cloud. Some--times she sees steam clouds, but "not that big, yellow-orange-brown thing."

Donham and others have seen benefits first-hand of recent retrofits of the coal-fired power plants at Hayden and Craig. The installations of pollution-control devices at the stations were direct results of lawsuits filed in federal court by the Sierra Club against the owners of the two power plants during the 1990s.

These were EPA rules being enforced. The scrubbers would not have happened without applying federal law. Anyone care to argue the scrubbers should not have been installed?



Steve Lewis 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council is 1 vote shy of adding parking meters downtown

Prominent in the literature and consulting on parking problems is consideration of traffic modes, and how a shift of these modes is ultimately required, i.e. increasing your public's use of mass transit and sidewalks.

Cutting back on bus service will exacerbate parking issues. Inadequate pedestrian avenues exacerbate parking issues. You have to get people used to using their feet. Not the easiest thing to do, but an emerging trend in architecture is that a walking and stair climbing society is a healthier society.