In with the new: Steamboat Springs City Council convenes for a new term | SteamboatToday.com

In with the new: Steamboat Springs City Council convenes for a new term

Jason Lacy was selected as City Council President

From left, City Clerk Julie Franklin swears in Robin Crossan, Heather Sloop, Michael Buccino and Jason Lacy at Centennial Hall on Tuesday.
Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Though a new term started on the Steamboat Springs City Council, many of the same people are in the same seats after the Nov. 5 election.

On Tuesday, Council Member Scott Ford attended his final meeting after six years on City Council, while Michael Buccino was sworn in and took a seat behind the dais for the first time as a council member.

Council members Robin Crossan, Heather Sloop and Jason Lacy were also sworn in for new terms.

City Council unanimously supported motions appointing Lacy as council president and Kathi Meyer as president pro-tem. Both served in these positions during the most recent term.

“Congratulations. Keep up the good work,” said Council Member Sonja Macys.

“Yeah, keep it rolling,” Crossan added.

The meeting opened with a reception for Ford. City Council members, city staff and members of the public came decked in leis and Hawaiian shirts, honoring Ford’s signature attire. It’s a rare occurrence in City Council chambers, but public comment was entirely praise of Ford’s work on council, with several members of the public thanking him for his leadership.

Lacy presented Ford a basket of “special snowflakes” in reference to Ford’s frequent comment that Steamboat is not a special snowflake.

Lacy then presented a surprise city proclamation to Ford riddled with other Ford-isms, clichés and anecdotes Ford has frequently said in six years of council deliberations.

At right, Scott Ford laughs as Steamboat Springs City Council President Jason Lacy reads a proclamation in his honor.
Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

“Whereas Scott Ford has a passion for understanding complicated issues enough that he can explain it to a seventh-grader and help the citizenry not suffer death by 1,000 paper cuts or succumb to the insanity of the machine and has evidenced this passion for wild hair ideas that better serve our sales tax economy,” Lacy read from the proclamation. Ford took particular dismay at the term “sales tax economy” gaining laughs from the room.

In his own comments, Ford thanked members of council and city staff.

“I rest in the confidence as I now transition into citizen Scott that you guys will be making the best decisions possible, and most importantly of all, your willingness to be really good stewards of this town that I have loved for almost 60 years,” Ford said.

“I’m not going away,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a wake. What’s going to happen is — when I was on council, I was just so much more difficult to ignore, and I’ll just go back to being ignored.”

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.


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