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Scott Ford says...

The key issue with the Core Trail is that it is popular. On any given day, there are all types of users enjoying it. It is a valuable community asset. However, there is only so much of it and it becomes heavily congested.

I hesitate to pass ordinances (laws) that there is no capacity or reasonable ability to enforce. A “law” creates an expectation that an individual will suffer some consequences for violation.

No matter how well intended an ordnance of this type it cannot replace common sense and the hope that people will be considerate of each other and behave in a safe responsible manner. One can only hope.

(Although I am a member of City Council my opinions are my own and may not be shared by my fellow council members.)

Scott Ford says...

One of City Council’s 2017/18 sub-goals under the topic of Downtown Improvements, is to “Define the parking problem and investigate solutions for parking in the downtown area.” City Council has plans to discuss this during the Tuesday, September 12th Work Session. Downtown parking issues are not being ignored. Mark your calendars and plan on participating in the discussion. (Typically, on a Tuesday evening there is ample parking at or nearby Centennial Hall.)

From my perspective downtown parking, although an issue at certain times, is not a problem of such a magnitude that it elevates itself to needing to be one of the City’s top priorities in comparison to other priorities the city is currently balancing. I feel this way because there is a relatively compressed period of time during the year when there are substantial parking challenges. These challenges occur most often during the summer months spanning 8 to 10 weeks and are typically concentrated in the afternoons and evenings most often on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

I think that there are a hosts of relatively low cost schemes that are available to help mitigate parking challenges during the times of greatest need. I am under no illusion that these low-cost activities will solve the entire problem. However, steps can be taken to make it a little better.

1). Better signage directing long-term parking to Howelsen and the Rodeo grounds. Scott Wedel has long advocated for this and the idea is getting some traction.

2). Existing downtown parking time regulations signage is goofy. The current signage is more appropriate for an urban area with a high number of workers coming into the area during traditional working hours (8am -6pm).

On most days the hours from 8am to Noon there is not much of a parking challenge downtown. The current signage also exempts Sunday’s and Holidays from parking regulations. The current signage is mismatched with the realities of the downtown parking patterns. Again, fixing the signage to align with downtown parking realities can be done at relatively low cost.

(Although I am a member of City Council my opinions are my own and may not be shared by fellow Council members.)

Scott Ford says...

Hi Chris -
What the Payment in lieu fund has been used for:
In 2000; $147,138 for Ice Arena Parking Improvements
In 2000; $13,102 for Stock Bridge Parking Lot improvements
In 2002; $9,652 for 10th Parking Lot Improvements
In 2011; $105,000 for Downtown Parking Signs & 8th Street Parking lot
In 2013; $10,700 for Reverse Diagonal Parking
In 2014; 54,000 for Downtown Parking Study

Scott Ford says...

Good Afternoon Chris –
The Payment in-lieu of providing parking fund had a balance of $36,800 as of 12/31/2016.
Since the inception of the fund $376,392 has been collected and $339,592 has been paid out.

Scott Ford says...

I sometimes take Amtrak from Granby to Denver and return. It takes about 2.5 hours and cost me $23 one way. If I am not in a hurry or locked into a time sensitive schedule it works great.

I think it would be possible with some “political” commitment to explore having the Amtrak stop in Kremmling. Amtrak trains pass through Kremmling twice a day – west bound and east bound.
I know that even tiny incremental reductions of traffic off I-70 are welcomed ideas by CDOT.
Doug – up for starting to explore this idea?

Scott Ford says...

To add some context to the discussion, in Routt County about 7% of its population are living in mobile homes.

In some of our peer counties also facing housing challenges the percentage of population living in mobile homes is as follows: Eagle County; 13.3%; Gunnison; about 6%; Pitkin about 6%; Summit County it is about 2%;

Scott Ford says...

Hi Scott W –

You are correct when it comes to ordinances. Ordinances must pass with at least 4 votes. However, Motions and/or Resolutions only require that a quorum has been established (4+ Council members). On Tuesday night Agenda Item #17 – was a Resolution.

Hope to see you at Coffee with Council Member(s) I host at 7:30am / Crawford Room in Centennial hall? Topic is water.

Scott Ford says...

An often-used economic definition of Middle Class is those households earning between 66% and 200% of an area’s median Household Income. Is this a perfect definition? No, however, it is one that puts an empirical boundary encompassing “middle class” that can be applied to this community and others.

In the greater Steamboat Springs area in 2010 about 68% of the households fell within this range. Five years later in 2014 the percentage of households meeting the middle-class income definition had fallen to 59%.

Tomorrow I will try and do this math for other resort communities in Colorado for comparison purposes.

On Our view: Steamboat’s middle class at risk

Posted 3 December 2016, 10:09 p.m. Suggest removal

Scott Ford says...

Good Morning Corey –

I am pretty good with a lot of economic impact issues but calculating the cost of a cable/internet outage in the wee hours of the morning is well beyond my pay grade.
If I remember correctly Steamboat lost Comcast internet service for a day+ a few years ago when a barn in Bailey, CO., burned. Go figure!

Scott Ford says...

Good Morning Scott W –

Thanks for your contribution to last night’s meeting regarding approaches to water conservation.

As a point of clarification. When I refer to the Steamboat Springs area I am speaking of the Steamboat Springs CCD. Which would include the actual city of Steamboat as well as the surrounding sub-divisions of Steamboat II, Silver Spur, Heritage Park. Essentially the Steamboat CCD has the similar boundaries as the Steamboat Springs School District.

The population in the Steamboat Springs CCD is about 16,700. Routt County’s population is slightly over 23,000. About 73% of the County’s population lives within the Steamboat Springs CCD. The population within the Steamboat Springs City limits is about 12,500 or 54% of the County’s.

Chris -
City Council has some work ahead of itself regarding this water issue. The challenge is making sure the citizens of Steamboat Springs are not placed in a position of significant financial risk and what risk exists can be migrated both near term and long term.