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I can imagine the temptation of convenience and of work expedited. I don't expect there was anything objectionable in the content of discussions had. That being said, its disappointing to again read that 2 on council are forcing proper protocol on their peers, in effect doing the council president's job. Transparency is more work, but there is no other path to trust.
The original D Hole by Depot cost about $15,000 for rock and Nordic Excavating did the heavy equipment work for free - probably worth another $30,000? Not sure how costs run today. On larger features more ongoing maintenance is needed. Mellower features are more stable.
Charlie's Hole by the library is a proven formula for bringing people to the riverside in Summer. It is overcrowded many days. A new river feature at this new park could create a mild wave above a deepened pool for swimming. Charlie's has a beach, but it is by a strong current and upstream of the river drop, so swimming off that beach doesn't work. Adding a beach beside a calm swimming hole would achieve the goal of "River Park" and add to Yampa Street vitality far better than anything else you add on the property.
$240,000 in transit budget problems can be harder to understand while $22 million in capital projects are being queued: $9m for police station, $3M for fire department, $10m for URA. The council president said the city has large $$ reserves to cover the police department. No word on the fire department spending.
Scott Franz, you did a great job with the transit article "Next Stop". Please consider similar reporting on the history and future of the "City Treasury".
The transit system has a much larger purpose than allowed in the editorial.
Stuart nailed it: "The transit system is inextricably integrated into our Community Development Code, our planning and approval process and our physical infrastructure. Council had better think very carefully, and look at the big picture, before tinkering with it."
Scott Franz writes:
"Before the recession hit, the city was looking at providing additional regional bus service to South Routt and North Routt and consolidating local hotel van service because of CONGESTION and the challenges of HIRING shuttle drivers."
"Flint pointed out that, prior to the economic recession, the council and city officials were looking at expanding the transit service to solve issues such as road CONGESTION and PARKING problems."
"Community members who attended a 2008 open house on the future of local transportation also expressed STRONG SUPPORT for increasing the local bus service’s budget and frequency."
"In recent years, even as sales tax revenue has rebounded, the transit service’s budget has landed on the CHOPPING BLOCK year after year to help balance the city’s budget and make room for things such as employee pay raises."
The Pilot editorial and this reporting of transit purpose point in 2 different directions.
The mid 2000's in Steamboat decimated the available affordable housing in Steamboat. Given there was no affordable housing regulation in our CDC, the above comments seem to argue the free market was about to build some AH? The free market was doing the opposite.
Thomas Sowell quotes are amusing. "Where there is the greatest government intervention, housing is least affordable. Nor is this pattern confined to the United States. As noted... in 23 of the 26 urban areas around the world where housing is rated "severely unaffordable" there are severe land use restrictions under the heading of "smart growth" policies."
You expected the government to intervene where housing was most affordable?
No one is saying the low income player is supposed to score a goal. We are saying we want low income players on our team. The community openly endorses this. In your analogy, we endorse scholarships to bring low income players onto the team.
The sports analogy does allow for the classic tradeoff: an array of all incomes playing on the field, or a field of middle and high income players.
Well done Tatum!
What a great picture above. Fitness, effort and balance. Sorry I wasn't there. I'll find the time to attend more of our Sailor's competitions. These kids rock.
Thank you Robin. Recent mail brought 4 uninvited offers to sell our home. Each one an offer to sell my soul. I needed to hear from someone like you. Please write more often.
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