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New Steamboat Springs City Council members acclimate to position

Michael Schrantz

— The new Steamboat Springs City Council members have three meetings under their belts and are still in the process of learning the procedures and mechanics of Steamboat’s form of government.

“They have to manage this big city through just this one person,” City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Tuesday. “It’s kind of daunting if you think about it.”

That one person is Hinsvark, who, according to the city’s organizational chart, is the sole employee reporting directly to the City Council.

Hinsvark was speaking at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Business Outlook Breakfast Tuesday about the recent change in the City Council’s composition.

In Steamboat’s system, she said, the council has to have faith in the city manager, and the city manager has to be willing to carry out the directives of the council.

The members of the City Council also have to have faith in one another.

“They have to be a seven-person team in public,” Hinsvark said. “I think that’s hard for any of us.”

Hopefully, they are beginning to build some trust, she said, as it takes four council members being in agreement to move the city forward.

2A forms committees

Two teams yet to be formed are the committees designated to manage the lodging tax money that will go to trails and a promenade along Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat.

David Scully, of the Yes on 2A campaign and the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance, also spoke Tuesday at the Business Outlook Breakfast about the campaign and the future of the trails projects.

All the trails that were part of the lodging tax proposal are on the website http://www.steamboatspringstrails.com, Scully said.

It’s not just about cycling or hiking, he said. It’s about trails that are multi-use, and even those that are single-use are designed to reduce congestion or provide relief for other multi-use trails.

Scully said the projects are about providing a better experience for everyone who uses the trail system across the county.

The committees for the trails project and the Yampa Street promenade are accepting applications for volunteer members until 5 p.m. Friday.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz


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