Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones 1 week, 6 days ago on City council likely to discuss HInsvark succession plan Sept. 1

I think I missed something. Why can not the city council manage the role since the city manager's role reports to the city council. Are they not capable enough to do so? The role is not expected to be forever. It then leaves a new city council to decide exactly what to do after November elections.

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Stephen Jones 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Steamboat Springs city manager to leave Sept. 1

The city council has agreed to a severance package with the city manager. I just hope it also does not include any income tax assistance provisions. It is only fair that the city manager pays all the income tax on her yearly salary and severance pay herself.

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Stephen Jones 3 weeks, 1 day ago on City manager's exit being negotiated

Over the last number of years it certainly appears that the city/city council has had concerns about city managers and that hierarchy to city staff then to city council. If it has caused the city harm, then it seems reasonable to consider other means to organize city government and manage the city for the best results all around. It might not be perfect but we are aware that what we have now has not worked well in a time when the folks need / want strong open leadership. Why not be open the mayoral idea at least and explore it?

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Stephen Jones 3 weeks, 2 days ago on City manager's exit being negotiated

Peter, I agree with your thoughts re a mayoral system. Let a city council work for a mayor elected by the citizens of Steamboat. Each city council person could have a specifically designated area to focus on and become that areas council expert and advise the mayor. So not how do we get that into fruition? No city manager or deputy manager needed etc. Streamline responsibilities and hold the specific people responsible.

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Stephen Jones 1 month ago on Ed Miklus: City must hire smart

Ed, I think the idea of waiting until after the November City Council elections is a very good idea. What I also think is for the current council to make that a motion and as well in that motion remove the current city manager from that process. That way the entire process can become fully transparent. So, lets see what the current council and city manager thinks about that and use that information as one pleases.

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Stephen Jones 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Our view: Well-funded transit system a must

Good article but not very good to advertise come to Steamboat and enjoy our Champagne Powder and BTW pay only $1/day to ride the previous free bus.

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Stephen Jones 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Tenants move into 42-unit Skiview Place rental complex this summer

Did I miss something in the developer's plans where they said they provide garages or reserved parking for the units? I guess not with the comments here. Wonder why not? Guess they spent some of that money on the dog run.

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Stephen Jones 4 months, 1 week ago on Yampa Valley airport faces a decade of austerity due to slow recovery in passenger numbers

A real challenge might be for the Alpine taxi group and their competitors to offer really low cost transfers to Denver setting direct real competition that the airlines need to consider. Thus the airlines would need to cede that money to the on road transfers or actually compete like in the real world. Thus lowering the airfares from HDN to anywhere else thru Denver thus really directly compete with the on road transfers. If the airlines do not to care to compete then the city should immediate stop subsidizing the airlines and let them handle their business and let Steamboat figure a more cost effective way to get people to Steamboat. So far the airlines really have no skin in the game. Time to put up or shut up. Huh.

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Stephen Jones 4 months, 1 week ago on Idea of police unification raised in Routt County

I would like to see the City Council President and entire council and Routt County Commission Chairman and entire County Commissions take a joint serious look at the proposal of unification or at least a joint office housing both groups. Yes there will be issues but elected officials are supposed to solve tough issues to the good of all. Hope the City Council President thinks it has gotten beyond one person's thoughts by now and that action should be taken.

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