Pot, bus service and city manager review on Steamboat City Council agenda

Scott Franz

— The public will soon find out whether the Steamboat Springs City Council believes its partnership with City Manager Deb Hinsvark has improved since November.

On Tuesday night, the council will evaluate the work performance of the city’s top employee about six months after her previous review.

During her last review with council, Hinsvark received high scores for her fiscal management and her management of city operations, but the council made it clear its partnership with the city manager needed improvement.

The council then voted to schedule the upcoming review, departing from the norm of holding a review once a year.

The council will again grade Hinsvark in seven categories that include leadership and planning; fiscal management; staff management and development; city operations; quality of city services; city manager and city council partnership; and communication, community education and public image.

A scorecard will be released following the review so that the public can see how well their elected officials think Hinsvark has managed the city in recent months.

“I think my relationship with council has strengthened with all of the events we’ve had occurring since that time,” Hinsvark said Monday.

In January, the majority of the council backed Hinsvark after council members Scott Ford and Sonja Macys sought her resignation during a council meeting.

Tuesday’s performance review is scheduled to be held in executive, or closed session.

Also on Tuesday, the council will discuss what level of bus service the city should fund next winter and beyond. The council is considering restoring winter bus service and investing in driver recruiting after a tough season for local transit.

The council will also discuss whether the city’s current regulations for marijuana businesses are working.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in Citizens Hall.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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