Michael Bird

Michael Bird 4 days, 1 hour ago on Community members: In support of URA, TIF

Colin, After owning two downtown com'l buildings with partners and paying for maintaining (Lincoln) and for the installation of a new sidewalk ( Oak ), how about pushing for the owners to step up and pay as we did instead of using the public trough. What about personal responsibility ? You say nobody wants busted up sidewalks. If that weren't true, there wouldn't be any as they would have been repaired/installed long ago. Even Mainstreet was not willing to back a plan for their members to pay for sidewalk installation in the frontof their buildings.

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Michael Bird 4 days, 1 hour ago on Community members: In support of URA, TIF

John, Or how about requiring com'l property owners to install sidewalks as the City did to us as well as our Oak St neighbors.? No, we were not new development. ( 5th to 4th ). Let's make enforcement equal.

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Michael Bird 4 days, 2 hours ago on Driving without the pump

Our AT&T plan is $160.00 monthly for 4 smart phones so the Leaf lease is less than $160.00 ? Isn't the 38 cents a day to operate this vehicle actually only the "fuel" cost and not the actual cost ? The actual cost includes much more and is much higher thasn 38 cents daily. I applaud the use of alternative vehicles but do also appreciate factual information.

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Michael Bird 6 days, 3 hours ago on Proposed school construction could exceed $100 million for Steamboat Springs School District

With minor modifications probably necessary, couldn't we use the existing plans of recently constructed school buildings ? Potentially this could save us an immense amount.

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Michael Bird 1 week, 5 days ago on Yampa Valley airport faces a decade of austerity due to slow recovery in passenger numbers

Scott you contend that low fare local seats would reduce overall high fare revenue paid by locals. I disagree. Many locals now will not pay the current fares and go to Denver. Plus mid-week unsold seats greatly impact total revenue. AS long as "we" guarantee profits to United, no one seems to care ( except for some of us taxpayers). It doesbn't take long for low fare r/t tickets to Denver to overtake the small reduction that might occur plus the zero revenue of so many empty seats. As a compromise, offer low fare only for M-T flights.

Robert - On the contrary, it is most easy to offer these suggested local fares. It is as simple as when the airlines offer Senior fares or Southwest offer Wanna Get Away fares. They could be purchased at United's Hayden desk by showing local ID as is required to obtain a Senior fare.

My main point is that we should try it and see whose opinion is most correct. Leaving most things primarily unchanged will only create more losses.

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Michael Bird 1 week, 6 days ago on Yampa Valley airport faces a decade of austerity due to slow recovery in passenger numbers

Scott W - Even though I agree with most of your comments, I still contend that low fares should be offered to Routt County taxpayers/residents and that more would fly if this were done and the result would be a reduction or elimination of the shortage. Again, a fare received is better than zero for empty seats. Bottom line - we who support these flights with our tax dollars should get a big break especially on mid-week flights, which now are money losers. By eliminating the restaurant and replacing it with vending machines and obtaining more air revenue with low local fares, maybe our airport problems are solved for now. It's worth a try,isn't it.

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Michael Bird 2 weeks ago on Yampa Valley airport faces a decade of austerity due to slow recovery in passenger numbers

Since most passengers eat before flying from/to SB or eat on the plane on long flights or eat after arrival in Denver, perhaps we should shut down the $$$$ losing restaurant and provide profitable vending machines for snacks and coffee. Also if reduced fares were available to Routt County residents, whose tax dollars pay for this operation, the $300,000+ loss could easily be avoided. It isn't rocket science. For example, a $350.00 fare is more than the zero currently received for an empty seat. Both airlines and cruises have known this for decades and offer last minute low fares. Guess what ? It is profitable for them. Bottom line - give the locals a break and avoid revenue shortafes or, at least, greatly reduce them.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Scott Bideau: URA frustrations

Steve Lewis - My opinion is the BID failed simply because property owners wanted someone else to pay for their improvements. As I have stated before, sidewalks are a false issue in most cases. Property owners can have them installed now or anytime in the past. We did for the buildings we owned.

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Michael Bird 1 month, 1 week ago on Police chief misconduct accusations cast cloud over police station project

Personally I am still concerned about the lack of a discussion or comments by committee members about whether or not a new station is needed. Their goal should not be limited to location,cost, and design but FIRST and FOREMOST - is it needed? We cannot assume that this is being done.

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