Steve Randall: Are we losing our Western character? – Steamboat Pilot & Today

Opinion Opinion |
function androidOrIOS() {
const userAgent = navigator.userAgent;
const applink = document.getElementById(‘mobile-app-link’);
const whizDeepLink = ‘steamboattodaymobile://content?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.steamboatpilot.com%2Fopinion%2Fsteve-randall-are-we-losing-our-western-character%2F&sectionId=&fallback=1’;

if ( whizDeepLink != ” && /iPad|iPhone|iPod/i.test(userAgent) ) {
applink.href = whizDeepLink;
applink.innerHTML = ‘ View in mobile app’;
applink.title = ‘Whiz’;
}
else {
if (/android/i.test(userAgent)){
applink.href = ‘https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.steamboattoday.android&hl=en_US’;
applink.innerHTML = ‘ Open mobile app’;
applink.title = ‘Andriod’;
}
else if(/iPad|iPhone|iPod/i.test(userAgent)){
applink.href = ‘https://apps.apple.com/us/app/steamboat-pilot-today/id482636924’;
applink.innerHTML = ‘ Open mobile app’;
applink.title = ‘iOS’;
}

}

}
androidOrIOS();


I first visited Steamboat Springs as a student in 1977, and what struck me was Steamboat Springs was a town, a western town with a ski resort. Are we at risk of losing our character, our soul that differentiates us from other ski towns? Are we selling out to special interests? Many of my neighbors believe Steamboat is losing our Western identity. I will work to keep our unique identity while encouraging responsible growth.
We face many issues and challenges — affordable housing, short-term rentals, access to child care and environmental sustainability. As your city councilman, I will work hard on these challenges while keeping the Western character of our town … a town with a resort rather than a resort with a town.
I champion working with stakeholders to solve the following:


Housing shortage: We need to increase inventory. Eliminating short-term rentals is not the answer. Expand inventory, streamline the permitting process and keep property taxes low. Let’s move forward with annexation of the Brown Ranch project and allow unrelated multiperson, long-term rentals.
Short-term rentals: Short-term rentals should be restricted, permitted, inspected for health and safety, and taxed as commercial property. Rules and regulations should include input from neighborhood home owner associations. If zoning and overlays restrict neighborhoods with existing short-term rentals, they should be grandfathered, but the permit would not be transferable.


Child care: My siblings and I were raised by a single parent who struggled to find child care. We need a coalition of business, schools, churches and city government to work toward a long-term solution. Business should take the lead and provide child care assistance in the form of attractive wages and benefits. The city could provide underutilized facilities. Together we can attract quality workers and greater access to child care.
Environmental sustainablity: While we have no control over the natural variability of climate, we do have control over human-caused changes brought on by burning fossil fuels, deforestation and poor agricultural practices. I consider public transportation a key city service and central to the city’s climate action plan. I will work with the stakeholders and develop a regional and citywide transportation plan. Sustainable funding could come from state and federal funding, short-term rental taxes and installation of downtown parking meters.
I bring over 35 years of Fortune 500 business experience, 30 years at the managerial and executive levels solving multifaceted problems. I do not have a business, minimizing any potential conflict of interests. My focus is long-term, encouraging, sustainable growth, working 100% for the citizens of Steamboat Springs, keeping the Western soul of our town … a town with a resort, rather than a resort with a town.
Steve Randall is a candidate for Steamboat Springs City Council District 3.
Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

When I talk to the folks that have been living here since the beginning of the ski resort, I use that as a reference because it put Steamboat Springs, a ranching and agriculture community, on…





We are looking for motivated and detail-oriented individuals to join our team and are seeking all levels of experience. We…

Line Cooks/Dishwashers : FT, 20$/hr to start + bi-weekly bonus, FREE ski pass, ski storage and shift meals. Servers: FT,…

$31.33 – $42.38/hr

Maintenance Technician Nomadness Rentals is seeking a new Maintenance Technician to work beneath our lead Maintenance Supervisor. The applicant will…

Come be part of our thriving community! – House Manager – RN/LPN – CNA – Care Partner – Life Enrichment…

Vacasa The Phoenix is HIRING! Housekeeping Powder Day Flex Policyvacasa.com/careers. I [email protected] I text Vacasa to 97211

$51.82 – $59.13/hrFOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR THIS POSITION GO TO: https://selfservice.co.routt.co.us/ess/employmentopportunities/default.aspx DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIO…

Carpets Plus is NOW HIRING an energetic self-motivated Sales Associate. Must have strong communication and math skills, be organized and…

Long-time local is looking to be ranch manager caretaker with live-In position here in the valley.Lots of livestock experience, construction…

– Full-Time Position Year Round – Police Officer – $26.68 – $37.35/hour Police Officer Recruit – $20/hour Equipment Operator -…

$28.77 – $32.81/hrFOR FULL JOB DESCRIPTION, PLEASE CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION,…

$20.00/hour – Full Time, year round+benefits and ski pass

This position requires that candidates live on the premises. The Ponds Property Caretaker & Resident Assistant functions at The Ponds…

Seeking reliable, honest, discreet person or couple. Self-starter, problem solver with basic mechanical, fencing, road maintenace, equip maint. and operation,…

Custodians Nutritional Services Production Manager Paraprofessionals Translators Coaches

Vacasa Steamboat Springs is HIRING! Housekeeping Manager EagleridgeMaintenance Technicians Eagleridge Guest Service Manager EagleridgeAssistant General Manager TrailheadFront Desk vacasa.com/career…

Mary Janes, a fun gift, accessories, & jewelry boutique, located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, is seeking a…

FT, year-round positions with benefits include Database Administrator/Operations Manager and Artistic Administrator. Also hiring PT technical roles for concerts.

Vacasa Trailhead is HIRING! Housekeeping Powder Day Flex Policyvacasa.com/careers. I [email protected] I text Vacasa to 97211

Sales, rentals, repair, boot fitter, and shuttle drivers. $15-$20 per hour. Ski pass benefits available for full time.

HAYDEN — As Lane Iacovetto was scrolling through her Facebook feed one evening, she came across a video she found intriguing.

Crews are counting the days until the new Sleeping Giant School on the west side of Steamboat Springs is finished, with just over a week until the Aug. 23 grand opening.

Still, people either disregard the method completely or just aren’t informed on how to successfully complete the merge. So, here’s a quick, simple explanation of how and when to perform a zipper merge.

Staff at the Steamboat Springs Chamber and other local agencies are acutely aware of what heavy visitation numbers can lead to in other parts of Colorado during peak tourist seasons, such as required reservations for…
Classifieds
Jobs
Real Estate
Rentals
Autos
Pets
Recreation
Merchandise
Legals
Place Legal Ad
Search Legal Ads
Contact Us
Submissions
Advertise
Archives
Special Sections
About Us
Newsletters
Submit an Obituary
Commercial Print Sales
RSS
E-edition
E-edition archive
Cookie List
Do not sell my personal information
Aspen – Snowmass
Craig – Moffat County
Glenwood Springs – Rifle
Park City – Utah
Breckenridge – Summit County
Vail – Eagle County
Winter Park – Granby – Grand County
Printing Press Jobs
©2005 – 2021 Swift Communications, Inc.

source

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *