Council starts work on 2007 budget |

Council starts work on 2007 budget

Dana Strongin

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday approved the formation of a task force to investigate the way the city allocates community support funds.

The task force came up during a preliminary review of the city’s process for forming the 2007 budget. Tuesday’s meeting gave the council, as well as residents, a chance to provide input about the upcoming process and the best way to shape the budget based on goals.

Community support funds are given to organizations that support health and human services, affordable housing, the arts and other areas.

During the discussion about community support, council member Towny Anderson said he wanted the city to consider using a grant program that would look at organizations in groups.

“There are just too many reasons to do that,” Anderson said, adding that the process is far more efficient.

The city will advertise to find people who are interested in being on the task force.

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The council also discussed having the budget address goals it identified a few months ago. The goals were to ensure sufficient transportation infrastructure, create a sustainable affordable housing program, maintain and diversify the economy, enhance Steamboat’s recreational assets and create an environmental policy.

During the economy discussion, Councilman Steve Ivancie said he was interested in a Steamboat Chamber of Commerce. Ivancie acknowledged that two similar groups, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Main Street Steamboat Springs, already exist. However, he said, the city may need a more comprehensive chamber.

“It seems to me that we are somewhat lacking,” Ivancie said.

Council President Ken Bren—-ner said he wanted to see Howelsen Hill evaluated as a possible site for a new skate park. He also said that he was most interested in organizations or programs that benefit families and youths.

“That’s my biggest priority,” Brenner said.

The council:

Went into executive session to narrow down the pool of candidates for the city manager position. About six to eight finalists will be invited to spend April 20 and 21 in Steamboat; city officials anticipate that the council will make a job offer by the end of April.

Recognized employees Leonard Tafoya and Jesse Calhoon for pulling a young boy out of the Yampa River last month. The boy was stranded on a rock, and the two men were able to get him off of the rock and onto the riverbank.

Saw a plaque that the city received because Howelsen Hill recently was recognized as one of six of Colorado’s pioneer ski areas.

Received a plaque recognizing the city’s role in the Routt National Forest’s centennial event last year.