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So sad to hear this news. We will miss you Art.
Wow. Haiti is in ruins and the Pilot runs this as front page news. Medical marijuana is a given - accept it - move on. Pilot - please get your priorities straight.
"a $461,000 general fund reserve that was revealed during the audit" - and we still cant afford pay raises for our teachers? am i reading this correctly?! Is this $461k in addition to what was in the general fund (which was what exactly prior to this audit)?
Clarification please - thats a substantial amount of money you're writing about. Especially when the district has cut classroom aids and refused pay increases for teachers.
Can someone please explain why the two principals at Strawberry Park each get a full salary? This used to be a position held by one person. If the two principals were splitting that one salary, it would be understandable. But they are both getting paid over $80,000? Appears excessive, but would like to hear explanations if there are any.
Pilot - is this easement adjacent to the Elkhead Ranch easement donated earlier this year? If so - what is the total acreage in the Elkhead Valley now under conservation? With the addition of Howe Ranch to what Elkhead Ranch has already donated over the past few years, I'm guessing significant. Would be good to know!
FYI: the bulk of 360, just like 700, is already within WSSAP. In addition, flag pole annexations are not "unconventional" and are quite common throughout the state. Take a quick look at Hayden who has done it twice now.
factsfirst - please read boaters comments. yes, part of the land is in a conservation easement (meaning, regardless of who purchases it from Orton, there will never be development). This land is accessible because Orton permits it. A new owner may not be so generous. Thats the point - if Orton were given the go-ahead with his project, that land would always be accessible to the public. As to the density issue and where the development would take place, Orton specifically said last night many times that he wants and encourages the city to work with him - specifics of the project can change throughout the annexation process. This step was only for UGB expansion. He should have been given the opportunity to go the next round.
Conserving open space is what Lyman is trying to achieve PLUS offer affordable housing that is much needed. By allowing this project to proceed, the City could have ensured that Howelsen would be connected to the BLM, thus creating a HUGE nordic, trail system/facility.
Everyone complains in this town about the housing crisis - inflated home prices, nowhere for locals to live (especially close to downtown), etc. If we are not going to permit Orton, Steamboat 700, or 360 Village to develop affordable housing - WHERE ARE WE GOING TO ALLOW IT???
This is the west of town - the place everyone decided should grow. Now let it! These are thoughtful proposals - before anyone writes on these blogs, they should look at them first.
Steamboat and Routt County basically have two options: allow dense mixed-use development (which is obviously needed in light of our housing demands) or stick with the tried-and-true 35-acre multi-million dollar ranchettes (so very worthwhile to our community - ick). The latter is what your going to get if these projects are not supported.
If the city does not start to provide solutions to our workforce, we will continue down the path of exclusivity and the Boulder/Aspen way. Its our decision as a community - which direction do we want to go? and if you can answer that question, then start coming to these meetings!
many references to Eagle County offering support - any word from Routt County and the applicable school district (which would be what)?
Happy to see how in some areas, its relatively effortless to make things happen. Whereas in some cities/towns to the north, such a decision from the school board would take countless studies, committees, time, etc.
Way to go South South Routt! Great to see communities coming together.
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