Steamboat Springs city manager proposes goals for 2015 |

Steamboat Springs city manager proposes goals for 2015

— The launch of a new electric vehicle charging station in the city and an overhaul of the city’s pay plan are some of the projects Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark is proposing to accomplish in 2015.

Hinsvark has submitted to the Steamboat Springs City Council a list of eight proposed goals she would like to tackle next year.

The council will discuss them Tuesday night and decide whether to approve them.

Some of Hinsvark’s other goals include advancing her executive leadership skills through participation in the Berkeley Executive Education program, conducting another employee satisfaction survey to establish trends, completing a community survey to help guide future city policy and working with the regional building department to ensure new software is up and running smoothly in 2015 and the development review process runs in a timely manner.

Hinsvark also is proposing to establish a list of sustainability goals that the council can endorse and to work with a facilitator who can look at the results of the community survey and help the council identify what the city’s core services are.

Hinsvark has created a list of goals that align with the list of priorities that were recently established by the City Council, including the one to be a leader in sustainability efforts.

The new charging station, which would allow electric vehicles to quickly recharge in Steamboat, is envisioned to be part of a bigger network of charging stations running through Northwest Colorado and down to the Interstate 70 corridor.

The idea of having Steamboat be a part of that route with a charging station was endorsed by city council members.

The Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat has a charging station currently. The city has been pursuing grant funding for such a project.

The goal to overhaul the city’s employee pay system also could have a significant impact on the city and its employees.

The city has tapped the Mountain States Employers Council to do a comprehensive review of its pay structure and to recommend changes.

Hinsvark is proposing to integrate a pay plan in the 2016 budget.

The discussion about the city manager’s proposed goals comes after the council made it clear in its recent evaluation of Hinsvark it wants to have a stronger partnership with her.

In the review, the council gave Hinsvark high marks for her fiscal management of the city and for her management of day-to-day city operations. But when asked to evaluate Hinsvark’s relationship with the council, members of the council indicated it needed improvement.

Tuesday’s City Council meeting starts at 5 p.m. in Citizens Hall, and the discussion on city manager goals is slated to occur near the end of the meeting.

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

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