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I'm with Sonja. Rising revenues should allow improvements in basic city infrastructure.
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.
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.
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.
Mass transit is fundamental infrastructure for a city of 12,000. I don't understand why basic services are being trimmed as city revenues are up.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Here is the rub. Some of us remember what they voted for. The ballot win creating these funds followed a campaign which clearly promised the Yampa St $$ would be used to purchase park space on Yampa St.
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