City Council FYI: Council reflections
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Late summer and fall bring going back to school; family routines; a time of order, reflection and promise. So many of us can finally breathe and plan for the months ahead. Those of us in Steamboat Springs City Council do a bit of this, as well. This is the time of year where budgets are discussed and long range capital planning takes place, along with establishing goals for the city.
As we come into the election season, I am honored to serve another four-year term on City Council. I believe this council is collectively very progressive and capable of accomplishing much of what has been brought to us.
I have gone through my four years of notes to reflect on what we have done. The list I’ve comprised is not complete, but it has a great deal for all of us to be proud of. Some may disagree, but the power of democracy is present in Steamboat Springs, and I am proud to be a part of it.
- Joint Use Agreement with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for winter use of Howelsen Hill
- Bag Free in the Boat — the plastic bag ban
- Combined Law Enforcement Facility completion
- Downtown Improvement Plan
- Off-leash dog areas in the parks and along the river
- Arnold Barn relocation
- Parks & Recreation Master Plan adopted
- West Steamboat Neighborhoods
- Howelsen Hill soil stabilization study
- Ski Free Sundays
- Downtown Signalization Improvement
- Roundabouts at Central Park and Steamboat Resort area
- Community Development Code rewrite
- Fish Creek underpass
- Road median improvements
- Asset management for pavement budget increase, taking care of our roads
- Iron Horse sale
- Keep marijuana status quo
- Leadership changes: city manager, city attorney, planning, general services, public works, chief of police, public relations
- Fire bond on ballot
- Council accessibility with Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market, coffee with council events, radio show and Steamboat Pilot & Today articles
We also made some hard decisions which came with scrutiny. These are what make City Council want to continue to do the hard work. As we continue to yearn for the best for the city, sometimes it comes at a higher price.
- Lost the Igloo, which has yet to be replaced
- The second sheet of ice failed to gain the funding to continue
- Community housing policy has been taken off the books
- 1125 Lincoln was overturned
- Parks & Rec special district fell silent
As we look toward the future, City Council will discuss, plan and take the deep dive on new topics and policies across a wide range of issues. Here is a glimpse of what I anticipate is ahead in the next year or two: bears, sustainability waste policy, downtown fire station, new Howelsen Hill chairlift, West Lincoln Park playground, Mount Werner/U.S. Highway 40 roundabout, West Water Storage Tank, Triple Crown negotiations, 2A funding sunset and future, Crawford Barn relocation, Bustang and Snowstang service, community housing policies and transportation/transit funding.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
My hope is that you, as a community, will stay engaged and will continue to reach out to any or all of us on council. It is a pleasure and an honor to serve, and I thank you for your support.
Heather Sloop serves on the Steamboat Springs City Council for District III.
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