Steamboat City Council to discuss police station committee on Tuesday |

Steamboat City Council to discuss police station committee on Tuesday

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The Steamboat Springs City Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday night in Citizens Hall. Public comment is accepted at the time of each agenda item. General public comment on items not on the agenda is at 7 p.m. or the end of the meeting, whichever comes first.

— The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night could endorse the creation of a citizens committee to help the city build a new police station.

But first, the council will have to come to a consensus on the committee’s role in the project. The council appears to have differing views on how involved the committee should be.

Some members have suggested the committee should focus mostly on site selection, while others want the committee more involved in things like station design and funding.

Topics the council will discuss Tuesday include the directive for the committee, its makeup, timeline and application process.

City staff is recommending the approval of the committee.

Staff also notes the committee could consult with Jim McClaren, programming architect for the new station, and an expert on the subject matter like a retired police chief.

The discussion about a police station citizens committee comes a month after the council was unable to come to a consensus on a building location for the station.

On Jan. 6, the council narrowly approved a conceptual design and an $8.1 million construction budget for a 15,058-square-foot police station.

The city has spent $260,863 on the police station project so far, according to city records.

The total includes $10,000 for appraisals, $223,803 for conceptual designs, analysis, schematics and presentations, $19,720 for cost estimating for the station, $3,199 for a structural investigation of the Iron Horse Inn as a temporary police station and $4,141 for survey work.

Of the total police station spending, $25,000 has come from grant revenue, $153,219 has come from the general fund and $82,644 has come from the capital projects fund.

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

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