Tracy Barnett

Tracy Barnett 4 days, 2 hours ago on City Council to discuss downtown sidewalk assessment plan

I am so glad to see the downtown sidewalk improvement plan finally moving forward. As a planning commissioner more than 10 years ago, I was an advocate for completing the long standing sidewalk plan sitting on a shelf in the planning office. The city had adopted a policy of requiring property owners to put in a new sidewalk if there was none if they wanted to make other improvements to their property. This policy proved to be a disincentive to improvements.

Sidewalks help to improve the walkability score of a community, a measure of community desirablility. Walkability offers surprising benefits to our health, the environment, our finances, and our communities. (Quoted from link text) With the city willing to bear the upfront costs to build or improve downtown sidewalks, and to negotiate with a contractor for the whole job, property owners will save more money than they would if they contracted to have the work done individually. Additionally, with the city only charging the property owner 75% of the already discounted cost, and offering up to five years of financing, another thing the property owner would not have individually from a contractor, this should be the least painful way to improve downtown properties. The disincentive is now removed. Thank you, City Council for taking this project off the shelf.


Tracy Barnett 6 months, 3 weeks ago on Pamela Lane and Trafalgar Drive residents: Park dispute continues

This is Tracy Barnett, speaking personally and not on behalf of MainStreet Steamboat. For the record, MainStreet is not included in the the negotiations with Triple Crown. That being said, I am also a resident on Pamela Lane and was never approached about this letter. Perhaps it is because the neighbors know I am not opposed to Triple Crown or any sports teams using the Emerald Fields at the end of our street. I think it is a bigger question than Triple Crown. I think there needs to be a clear policy on the use of the fields rather than making this all about Triple Crown. I do agree that the access to the fields via the proposed alternative road should be completed before more tournaments of any kind (soccer, la crosse, baseball, softball, etc) is added, but once that is complete, the fields could accommodate more use. The businesses in Steamboat, that help to generate the sales tax that maintains these fields and all amenities we enjoy, thrive when there are events in Steamboat. Organized events help to bring people to the community. Those people eat in restaurants and buy things to take back to where they are from. The money from those sales help to support the employees of our community and are also the users of the amenities. While it is true that there is a large part of our community that does not depend on guests for their livelihood, there is also another large part that does. Without the sales tax generated by our guests, we would have fewer and less well-maintained amenities for us all to enjoy. Let's get a workable policy in place and make this about the use of the fields rather than whether to allow Triple Crown or not.


Tracy Barnett 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Young at Art students show off latest work at Paper Fashion Show

The wonderful things that are taking place at the Art Depot under the direction of Kim Keith are so exciting. Kim's Art Space project, part of her Change Leader training this past year, is a wonderful resource for art materials for young creatives like these girls. What a creative use of recycled materials! Way to go, Arts Council.


Tracy Barnett 11 months, 1 week ago on Our view: More bang for URA’s bucks

I applaud the editorial staff for "getting it", seeing the bigger picture, and hoping others will get on board. By limiting the length of the URA, potentially beneficial projects could go unrealized, projects that have not yet been imagined. If the URA is limited to sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and lighting, the crucial second pedestrian bridge to Howelsen may only be a pipe dream. Firepits and heated sidewalks with pedestrian level lighting, a performance stage and additional park spaces along the river or elsewhere in downtown could go unrealized. And could this eventually be the solution for our perceived downtown parking problem? Sometime in the next 25 years, there just might be a need for a parking structure. Think big, City Council. Small ideas yield small results.


Tracy Barnett 1 year ago on County approves rural Hayden bed and breakfast

I applaud this decision to allow the Wattles to use their land in this manner, to be able to share their love of the land and their agricultural practices with guests who want an experience removed from the hustle and bustle of our micro-urban lifestyle. This is rural Colorado. We have unique experiences to share. Ranching/farming is an admirable but not necessarily monetarily rewarding lifestyle for those who choose it, and we should support this value-added use of their land, as well as the education they can provide while preserving an endangered lifestyle in this part of the country.


Tracy Barnett 1 year, 1 month ago on City of Steamboat Springs poised to end 2014 with surpluses in sales and lodging tax revenue

While I know the lodging tax was created to help fund amenities that would attract guests to our community, wouldn't it make sense to consider using whatever lodging tax is collected above the projected amount for additional summer marketing, bringing Steamboat closer to the huge war chests other communities have for this purpose? Just sticking that money in a rainy day fund doesn't bring guests here at all.


Tracy Barnett 1 year, 3 months ago on Phoenix the dragon makes Halloween appearance

I think there a lot of people personally invested (emotionally) in this dragon. This is not Telluride's dragon, or Burning Man's dragon, but Steamboat's dragon. We can't get enough of him. Sorry to see Spike go to Los Angeles, but Phoenix is more of a Steamboat kid, acclimated to the weather (and able to collapse to go in a garage). Love live "our" dragon.


Tracy Barnett 1 year, 11 months ago on Joel Reichenberger: On home turf in Sochi

I, for one, am really glad the Steamboat Pilot and Today chose to send two reporters from Steamboat to the Olympics. In a normal Olympic year I would have been happy to hear the results on the radio and see the highlights on TV, but with two of "our own", I couldn't wait to read their observations, see the pictures, learn the twists of what it was like each day to be in Sochi. It was like I was there with them. Thanks to Joel and Luke for great stories, an insider's view, and really knowing what you were talking about. And the best part is, besides being the assignment of a lifetime for a small town reporter, you will remember this trip and know that you did it better than any of those big city reporters could have done for the readers here in Steamboat.