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A chance to serve

Oct. 6 is deadline to apply for open City Council seat

To apply

Applications for a seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council are available at City Hall, at 137 10th St., or on the city's Web site at: http://www.steamboatspri...

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 6.

For more information, call City Clerk Julie Jordan at 879-2060, ext. 231.

Residents interested in public service have exactly two weeks to apply for a seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Council member Kevin Kaminski resigned from his seat Tuesday. Kaminski announced the resignation in August, after he and his family purchased a new home outside of District 3, which Steamboat voters elected Kaminski to represent in November 2005. The City Charter requires council members to live in the district they are elected to represent.

District 3 encompasses the southern portion of Steamboat Springs, generally including areas south of Walton Creek Road. Although the vacancy provides eligible citizens with a rare chance to serve on the council without an election, City Clerk Julie Jordan said that, so far, no one has expressed interest.

“As of this time, I have received no applications,” Jordan said Thursday morning.

The City Charter also requires the council to fill a vacancy within 30 days, meaning the council would need to appoint a new member at its meeting Oct. 10 or 17. Because council members wish to interview applicants Oct. 10, Jordan said the deadline for applications is Oct. 6, two weeks from today.

To qualify for a seat on the City Council, an applicant must be 18 or older, must have lived in Steamboat Springs for at least one year, and must reside within District 3.

The new council member will serve until Nov. 6, 2007, next year’s Election Day. The District 3 council member elected in 2007 will serve until November 2009, the remainder of Kaminski’s term, to preserve what Jordan called a “staggering process” of council elections in Steamboat.

Council members elected under regular conditions to represent one of the city’s six districts serve four-year terms. The council’s one at-large member, currently Towny Anderson, serves a two-year term.

The District 3 vacancy means that five council seats will be up for election next year.

In addition to Kaminski’s and Anderson’s seats, the seats currently held by Council President Ken Brenner, President Pro-tem Susan Dellinger and District 3 representative Paul Strong all expire in November 2007.

Strong is the Republican candidate for Routt County commissioner, running against Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, vice-chair of the Routt County Planning Commission.

– To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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