City sees strong interest in police station committee
Steamboat Springs — Fifteen community members have now stepped forward to help the city of Steamboat Springs build a new police station, and more applications could still trickle in before a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline.
The Steamboat Springs City Council next week will interview the applicants and decide who should serve on the seven-member citizens committee.
The committee will dive into the scope of the new police station and analyze financing options for it. It also will recommend a cost-effective place to construct the station and explore potential building partnerships with other government organizations and local businesses.
Council members are encouraged by the level of community interest in the citizens committee thus far.
“That’s wonderful,” council member Tony Connell said of the number of applications that had been submitted. “I hope we can get a lot of diversity and find people with a lot of well-rounded experience in this area.”
Connell said the experience of the committee members will be an important factor when he considers who to appoint.
“Having different skill sets would be really great to have,” Connell said before listing things like land planning, construction cost estimating and public outreach as some of the possible skills he’d like to see represented on the committee.
In addition to the seven community members, two City Council members will serve on the committee as non-voting members.
The Steamboat Today will list and profile the committee members before they are interviewed next week.
After the committee is seated, it will be asked to complete its work and make recommendations to the council by Aug. 1.
The city has now spent more than three years planning for a new police station, but the project has taken several twists and turns — the latest being the council’s inability to agree on the best place to build the station.
At a meeting Feb. 25, the council voted unanimously to declare that a new police station is needed, with the size, scope and timing to be determined.
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