City Council to discuss prospect of shared public safety facility Tuesday night
Steamboat Springs — The city’s police station committee has asked an architect to work on a conceptual design for a shared public safety building in west Steamboat.
The conceptual plan will give the committee and the public a first look at the possible layout of programming within a shared facility, as well as more information about the project’s potential cost.
On Tuesday, the committee should also learn how the Steamboat Springs City Council feels about the idea of building a shared facility with Routt County.
Tuesday’s city council meeting will mark the first time the entire council has discussed the citizen police station committee’s preference for a shared public safety facility.
“I do think we’ve got to get something started with the elected officials,” police station committee chairman John Kerst said.
In the eyes of most committee members, a shared facility is the best option for the city if it can be designed cooperatively and strengthen the relationship among local law enforcement agencies.
The committee has yet to take an official vote on the recommendation, but a majority of the committee continues to advocate for the shared facility if it is feasible.
The committee has asked architect Bill Rangitsch, of Steamboat Architectural Associates, to create the conceptual design for the shared facility.
Rangitsch has told the committee the vacant piece of land next to the Routt County Jail could accommodate a two-story building on a 15,000-square-foot building footprint.
He said the layout could also accommodate separate parking lots on either side of the building, one for the public and a secured lot for public safety employees.
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