Michael Bird

Michael Bird 1 week, 1 day ago on Steamboat City Council to discuss police station committee on Tuesday

HOLD IT ! Did I read it correctly "creation of a citizens committee to build a new police station".I hope not. I hope the purpose will first be to determine IF we need a new police station and only then proceed toward building a new one. About twenty years ago, I was part of the City's Impact Fee committee. We were told to develop a fee schedule only. After six months meeting weekly, a comprehensive fee schedule was presented to City Council. When asked about the need for the fees, the Council was agast to hear we were against all increased fees except a water/sewer increase as we didn't believe other changes were needed. We were never asked to determine the need either at the start or during the long process. The "new" schedule was not adopted nor were water/sewer fees changed. We were voluneers so there was no cost to the City and it didn't get an unwarranted fee increase. Of course.about ten years later the City paid (I think) $25,000 for an identical study. Fees were increased. Again, a need must first be determined and not just a desire.


Michael Bird 1 week, 3 days ago on Steamboat airline program officials making progress on switch from unreliable turbo-prop service to and from Denver

Is the LMD board obtaining discounted tickets for Routt County locals whose tax $$$$ subsidize these flights ? Or do we again end up with too many zero revenue empty seats ? I bet you already know the answer - not a chance. Feasible yes. Financially responsible absolutely. Undeniably the right thing to do.


Michael Bird 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Ken Collins: On Keystone pipeline

John Weibel - FYI - Warren Buffet has publically supported the construction of the pipeline. I do appreciate his insights although I haven't decided on this issue. Neutral until I gain more knowledge.


Michael Bird 1 month ago on Citizens committee could greatly impact police station project in Steamboat

Maybe I missed it but I haven't seen anything ( or at least not much ) about the question as to whether or not we actually need a new police and/or police-fire station. It seems only a few of City staff have strongly desired it. Personally, I'd like to see a Pilot survey asking do you want the City to spend $_ for a new police station ? or $___ for a new police/fire station ? It seems the moment we begin to improve economically government entities must begin spending regardless of real need. Yes, some delayed items should be addressed but how about holding off on new projects until the recovery has existed for several years and City savings accounts have been replentished. Whatcha think folks ?


Michael Bird 1 month ago on State Rep. Mitsch Bush talks to constituents in Steamboat Springs about health insurance costs

If SBoat's hospital were part of United Healthcare's, Humana's, or other insurance companies networks, prices would be negotiated creating lower costs and thus lower premiums. Local MDs are members of these networks. Individual and group policies through these companies could be compared to exchange premiums but won't be available until our local hospital is a member hospital. Is it the insurance companies or the hospital who have impeded this option ?

In addition, the US House of Reps under the Democrats, refused to allow States to obtain bids for pharmacueticals ( Medicaid ) thus guaranteeing HIGH prices for needed drugs. Pharma wrote every word of the ACA drug section as shown on 20/20 TV thus ensuring HIGH ACA premiums. No competition means too high prices thus premiums.

Finally, one must look at the actual claim expense of an area. For many years, the ski accident expenses and other illness expenses caused health insurance companies (Hartford, American Commumity, etc) to leave Routt County and the western slope. Maybe Colorado should be treated as one rating territory.


Michael Bird 1 month, 1 week ago on URA plan goes back to Steamboat City Council on Tuesday night

Steve Lewis - First - a correction of a typo. The address is 402 Oak. Several years ago we had to install a new sidewalk. We didn't redevelop, modify, or change anything. We have maintained the property - painting, landscaping, dead tree removal,but that is all. To answer your question - if you don't have a sidewalk, install a sidewalk and that might aid your neighbors to also do their part instead of waiting for other peoples' $$$ (taxes) to do what they should do as responsible property owners. Doesn't it boil down to respect for clients and others - especially the handicapped to provide a safe area on which to travel. If they don't have that sense of responsibility, ask City council to update the law to require all property owners to install their sidewalks. I don't believe you'd be alone. Our section cost about $4,000 so cost is not a factor as there isn't a building that is valued under $500,000, is there ? About 1%- one time. Mainstreel kept pushing for sidewalks but wanted others to pay- Huh? So nothing was done and it all could have been done years ago.


Michael Bird 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Airline board recommends boosting Houston summer flight to daily schedule

AGAIN the Routt County taxpayers will not have the benefit of "special" fares to help offset the costs. After all, zero revenue is always best seems to be the motto. Empty seats also seem to be a goal. After all, why give the locals a break and increase revenue by filling empty seats ? And this absolutely could be done.


Michael Bird 1 month, 2 weeks ago on URA plan goes back to Steamboat City Council on Tuesday night

Steve Lewis, As a 708 Oak St property owner, the City required us to install a sidewalk as our neighbors also had to so why haven't you installed yours ? According to our City staff, it is the property owners legal responsibility to install a sidewalk. Plus it improves the safety of your clients and pedestrians and property value. We also had to pave & maintain our Lincoln Ave building's sidewalk. It is not the responsibility of others to pay for the sidewalks unless the City's position changes and it pays for the installation of all sidewalks, which would mean re-imbursing we who have paid for sidewalk installation. And I find it ironic that the City owns the sidewalks but property owners must pay for their installation & maintenance.


Michael Bird 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss police station design and building location next week

Fred, I ,too, would appreciate your evaluation and opinions of a site for a new or, possibly, remodeled police station. Also, Isn't there still a question of real need ?.


Michael Bird 2 months, 3 weeks ago on John F. Russell: Ray Rice would never look right in blue and orange

I once read that a NFL player must play for five seasons before being eligible for a pension but most running backs and many players never last that long. Made me think about what pay is appropriate for multiple concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments, etc. Plus their pay is from voluntary sources - fans - who it seems don't think all are overpaid because they keep supporting the NFL. Otherwise they would stop buying tickets, TV packages, sportsware, etc. The truth seems to be backed up by the dollar and not opinions. I don't know the answers but it seems as if many professions are overpaid. Or products are overchaged.