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Steamboat City Council supports housing database

$7,000 allocated to help monitor trends

— The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed this week to supply $7,000 in community housing funds to allow the Yampa Valley Housing Authority to develop a flexible database that will enable it to continuously track and update housing demand and supply.

YVHA Asset/Program Man­ager Mary Alice Page-Allen told the council Tuesday night that her group has worked closely with citizen members of the Affordable Housing Measurement Team to ensure that the database is developed in concert with their recently released recommendations about how best to measure the effectiveness of money spent on affordable housing initiatives.

"It will serve to match buyers and sellers, track housing need and availability, inform policymakers with relevant, real-time data, monitor affordable housing units and provide for a more effective way to reach clients and customers," she told the council.

Of the $7,000, Page-Allen told the council, $4,400 would cover software and programming. Another $1,000 would cover integration of information from the Routt County Economic Development Coop­er­­ative, including housing demographics. Another $1,200 would be used for surveys and marketing.

Scott Ford, of the EDC, has agreed to consult and help ensure that the new computer tool contains all of the pertinent data sets.

New to housing authority

In other action this week, the City Council approved new terms for two incumbents on the housing authority and two new members.

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Restaurant owner Kristi Brown and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. human resources officer Trish Sullivan were approved for new three-year terms.

Steamboat Springs attorney Jennifer Robbins and building contractor Johnny Sawyer are the new members of the authority.

Sawyer, a 32-year resident, is also a ski patrol supervisor with Ski Corp.

"I have studied sustainable building for years, have worked with the city building department, planning and have a good understanding of what is involved in the building process," Sawyer told the council.

Robbins told the City Council she has visited Steamboat often with her family since she was 4. She has developed a focus on real estate and development law in her practice, she added.

Robbins did legal research for the Yampa Valley Land Trust from 2004 to 2006.

"Through these experiences, I have come to further recognize the immense challenges our community faces when trying to accommodate some necessary changes while simultaneously trying to preserve the great character of the city of Steamboat," she wrote in her application to the council.

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