Dan Hill

Dan Hill 7 months ago on Judge appoints special prosecutor, criticizes DA for dropping case

I'm with the judge on this one. Senior government officials should be held to a higher standard than the average citizen. But especially in this case. If a senior official in the Department of Natural Resources for Pete's sake can't be expected to know and follow this particular law, then how could there be any justice in prosecuting the average Joe for this offence?


Dan Hill 8 months, 2 weeks ago on As rental market tightens, Steamboat's defunct hotels become affordable workforce housing

This example highlights the pointlessness of so many zoning regulations. You can live downtown in a condo right on Lincoln, you can stay downtown in a motel right on Lincoln, but you can't live downtown in a motel right on Lincoln. Because zoning...

Why on earth would a resort community which constantly has trouble attracting seasonal workers have regs against dormitory style accommodation which is the perfect solution for most seasonal workers (most of whom are single or here alone, and many of whom are young, barely out college where they are used to living in a dorm).

What the city ought to be doing is help rather than hinder - how about a zoning solution that lets the business community build a great big dorm somewhere convenient and solve this seasonal worker accommodation problem once and for all. It would even help the city attract seasonal bus drivers!


Dan Hill 8 months, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council backs city manager after two members seek her resignation

It's a classic example of "be very careful what you ask for." We ditched the previous city manager because he wasn't taking a high enough profile in the community. Now we've got a city manager who seems to be the de facto mayor, setting the political agenda.

I couldn't agree more with George on the SST funding issue. There's a bunch of places where $100K could have been saved with far less visible impact. Messing with the bus service which is a lifeline not only for locals but for the tourism industry just indicates that the Council doesn't have a clear vision of what the city's fundamental responsibilities are. Hint - it's not pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into recreation facilities that are used by a very small section of the community.

We're in desperate need of some real leadership and long-term planning from our ELECTED representatives. Unfortunately it's hard to see it happening given that our system is for term-limited, part-time city councillors.


Dan Hill 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council to consider downtown parking meter proposal Tuesday

Does anyone other than me see a problem with what is effectively a half million dollar a year downtown parking tax?

Surely it would be much more cost effective to put some extra resources into enforcing the existing parking regulations downtown.


Dan Hill 11 months, 4 weeks ago on Casey's Pond employees ask Steamboat City Council to delay parking enforcement on Owl Hoot Trail

Are we really to believe that people who live in Steamboat - not the old folks in the home, but people who are healthy enough to work there - can't walk two or three hundred yards from the car park across US 40 because, horror of horrors, snow? Seriously, you can walk that far in the City Market car park!


Dan Hill 1 year, 1 month ago on Demographer urges Steamboat School Board to build 3rd elementary school

Un-#$@%-believable. We spent tens of millions of dollars knocking down and replacing an existing school because it wasn't fancy enough only to find what we actually needed was more capacity (assuming these forecasts of enrollment growth are more reliable than the previous forecasts of no enrollment growth that led us to waste money in this way in the first place).

Forgive me if I'm not ready to pay even higher taxes to fund this bottomless financial pit we call the school district. At every turn there are demands for more money which only seem to fund ever more palatial facilities and more administrators, but never seem to improve education outcomes. Enough already!


Dan Hill 1 year, 3 months ago on Steamboat City Council votes to keep deed restriction in place

The purchase price information wasn't provided in the previous article on this issue, but it confirms what I thought. Most people who bought in 2005 are selling for about what they purchased for. If this seller accepted that reality and dropped the price to $155,000 he wouldn't have any trouble selling. This guy is simply trying to use the political process to make an unearned gain. Zero sympathy from me.


Dan Hill 1 year, 3 months ago on Steamboat City Council to consider Yampa Street improvements, home loan extension

A million bucks to add a couple of small parks to Yampa St? If that's the rate we're going to spend at, what's the total budget for the total Yampa St revitalisation? Please, I don't really want to know the answer. I might faint.


Dan Hill 1 year, 3 months ago on Jack Trautman: Now is the time for action

Jack, don't go walking up there. The local residents who think the park belongs to them might string you up!


Dan Hill 1 year, 3 months ago on Former Steamboat city manager asks city for 3rd extension on home loan

Seriously, it's time the City stopped letting this guy take us for fools. We've cut him heaps of slack, far more than 99.9999999% of people who payed too much at the top of the market have ever received.

Based on the numbers Mark Ruckman presented above, and assuming the asking price is realistic, we simply aren't facing that big a loss if we foreclose. And who is to say we'll do better by waiting even longer? That was the argument the last time this came up for review.