Michael Bird

Michael Bird 1 week, 3 days 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.

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Michael Bird 1 week, 4 days 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.

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Michael Bird 1 week, 4 days 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.

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Michael Bird 1 month, 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 ?.

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Michael Bird 1 month, 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.

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Michael Bird 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Air service board revisits summer flights from Texas

Scott W. Thank you for your comments. "Revenues for what ?" My questions was - was the revenue suficient to support the summer program ? You indicated no and the subsidy is $200.00 per seat as I understand your answer. I never said the calculations were easy but they can be done. Discounted fares may not provide enough $$ to produce positive revenue but they might. You don't know and neitherr do i. We have our opinions but I think we both could benefit knowing the probabilities. Maybe with both full fare purchases and lower cost purchases the air program would be financially viable - maybe even both the summer and winter programs. Using the Houston flights, it is amazing to see all of the empty seats excluding weekends. All I'm saying is that the current program can be much better for locals, can be more cost effective, efficient, and economical. Maybe a broken system can be repaired by being modified. For me, it's worth a try. Our local tax$$$ "donated" to the air program should and must also benefit locals but it does not. Change is needed.

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Michael Bird 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Air service board revisits summer flights from Texas

How about considering 1. finding out if our tax $$ was used or if revenue was sufficient 2. since majority of voters might want this service, require Routt County resident discount fares such as $350.00 R/T since it is better than ZERO which is what an empty seat provides. These would be available as "last minute" sales. One might argue that many wouldn't buy high priced seats and just wait but I would counter that most might need to have to fly on certain dates so would need to buy full fare tickets. To discover if special local fares would eliminate the need for a tax subsidy, couldn't one simply look at last seasons data and interpolate ? My opinion is that both winter & summer service is not run efficiently or economically and that empty seat sales are a viable alternative. At the very least, I'd like someone to prove me wrong. Free the data.

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Michael Bird 2 months, 1 week ago on Our View: Hearth and home

What is the definition of affordable housing in OC ? Hayden? Stagecoach? Or is it like affordable health care, which requires massive federal subsidies ? Is there really such a thing as affordable housing in a resort or expensive housing area ? Is the real answer, apartments - realizing that not everyone is entitled to a house ?

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Michael Bird 2 months, 1 week ago on Monday Medical: Enrollment underway

Interesting things I have learned from Canadians, who make up about 50% of the temporary winter residents here at our TX mobilehome park.. Each provence has a different health plan - Ontario's is better than Manitoba's. Large corporations provide health insurance to their employees, such as Hydra (electric company), not the government. Here and in SB, one can get an MRI or see an Orthopaedic surgeon within a week or so if necessary but the wait can be many months in Canada unless life threatening. Their shortage of MDs is due partly to them leaving Canada to come to the US for $$$$$. Their ratio of MDs to patients is FAR higher than in the USA.. Yes, there are also good points to their piecemeal system too.

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Michael Bird 2 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs seeing lowest November gas prices since 2010

Also Rhs, FYI - gas is now (today) as low as 2.61 ( Sams Club) or 2.71 elsewhere and rapidly going lower for regular here in south TX where we are for the winter plus it's going to be 80 and sunny here tomorrow. Salud !! Margarita time.

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