Public works expansion OK’d |

Public works expansion OK’d

Christine Metz

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission approved the final development plans for a more than 6,000-square-foot expansion to the city’s public works building on 13th Street.

The city’s development plans included phase one of the project, a 6,240-square-foot expansion to the public works shop, and phase two, an additional 2,640-square-foot expansion to the shop and a 200-square-foot addition to the scoria shed.

The city already had received approval for the plans from the city Planning Commission and council, but had to resubmit them because it wanted to switch the phasing, city Planning Director Steve Stamey said.

City Director of Public Works Jim Weber said hopes are to start construction on the expansion by late May to mid-June and to have the first phase of the project completed before next winter.

The first phase would add five storage bays for housing public works equipment, such as snow plow trucks, and the expansion of administrative offices. The second phase includes two more storage bays.

The cost of the total expansion is estimated at $1.4 million.

In its application, the city requested one variation to the Community Development Code. The city asked to not have to put in an automatic irrigation system, because the vegetation planted as part of the project would be in a natural wetlands area.

The commissioners agreed to the variance.

City officials are looking for a grant through the Colorado Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program to help fund the project. In 2004, the city submitted the $500,000 grant request to the Department of Local Affairs, which distributes the money in the program.

In November, a countywide committee met to prioritize the grant requests from the program in Routt County and ranked the city’s request behind a $600,000 application for The Haven Assisted Living Center.

The grant request from The Haven would help the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association purchase and improve the living center.

Weber said that if the city did not receive the grant money, it would just build what it could afford.

The city needs to expand the building to meet the growing demands of the public works department. Weber said the added storage bays would allow equipment to be kept inside during the winter and not have mechanics working outside on equipment.

The expansion to the administrative part of the building would add four offices, a locker storage area and a conference room.

The city is waiting for the Department of Local Affairs’ final decision before putting the project out to bid.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

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