City, county officials touch base on small steps taken to revive shared law enforcement campus
Steamboat Springs — City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials are continuing to touch base this summer on the small steps they are taking to keep alive the possibility of creating a shared law enforcement facility on the city’s west side.
City Councilman Scott Ford made an informal appearance in front of the Routt County Board of County Commissioners June 14 to report that as the commissioners had requested on May 10, the city has engaged an appraiser and will pay the appraisal fee to help determine the value of a county-owned parcel adjacent to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office that is being considered as the site.
Ford added that the city is actively considering three sites.
County Commission Chairwoman Cari Hermacinski told Ford the county had retained the original architect for the nearby Routt County Justice Center and had already received from him a sketch plan of a training and exercise facility plus meeting room. At 3,000 square feet, the space is deemed to be large enough to meet the combined needs of the Sheriff’s Office and Steamboat Springs Police Department.
The county is intent on going forward with that facility as part of a plan to gradually meet the space needs of the Sheriff’s Office, whether or not the two branches of government go forward with a shared law enforcement facility.
It was in mid-December that the Board of Commissioners formally told City Council President Walter Magill they were withdrawing from plans to build a shared facility in spite of the fact that it made sense to them.
At the time, county officials indicated they were unable from a financial standpoint to meet the city’s timeline for building the new facility. However, in May, with a more optimistic outlook toward future property tax collections, the commissioners told Magill and Ford that they expect, by 2018, to be able to provide $1 million in cash plus some part of the value of the building site toward a new shared facility.
They asked the representatives from the city to take the full council’s temperature on the possibility of initially developing a 5,000-square-foot shell for the county within the larger building, giving the county the option to finish out new space as funds become available.
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