Steamboat Briefs: Hayden to consider a new town health insurance plan |

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden to consider a new town health insurance plan

— The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider whether to accept a new health insurance plan for town employees tonight.

The new plan from Starmark Healthy Incentives would save the town $94,436.20 for the final 10 months of 2011 compared with its existing plan, offered through Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

The savings would let Hayden reinstate the 2 percent employee bonuses, which weren’t provided last year, at a cost of $13,899. The Town Coun­cil also will consider the bonuses tonight.

Also at tonight’s meeting, Town Council members will consider approving a special-events permit for the Solandt Memorial Hospital Ball on March 19, an engineering proposal to make the town’s aerated lagoon system compliant with state requirements and a Justice Assistance Grant application to pay for a police officer position next year.

City implements new rates for water, sewer services

The city of Steamboat Springs has implemented new water and sewer rates for 2011 to 2013, effective Feb. 1. The new rates will be reflected on customers’ March invoices, according to a news release.

The new rates were determined after the city went through an extensive rate study in 2010 by an outside consulting firm, the release stated. The Steamboat Springs City Council approved the change in September. The change is meant to ensure that the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure can be maintained at an appropriate level, according to the release.

The new rates are online at For more information, contact Bob Litzau at 970-871-8239 or

March 1 is cutoff for Bust of Steamboat applications

Applications for artist entries for the 10th annual Bust of Steamboat are being accepted until March 1. Final selections will be awarded by May 1.

The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project selection committee is looking for 20 artists and sponsors for the October fundraiser. In order to draw the highest possible bids, this year’s entries will be hand selected by a panel of judges. This selection will also ensure a variety of media and a diversity of talent is represented. Applications and artistic ideas can be submitted by visiting http://www.thebust­ofsteam­ or calling 970-846-4554. All funds raised benefit Routt and Moffat county women in the fight against breast cancer. The 10th annual Bust of Steamboat is from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Three Peaks Grill.

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