Want to help the city of Steamboat build a new police station? There’s a committee for that. | SteamboatToday.com

Want to help the city of Steamboat build a new police station? There’s a committee for that.

A Steamboat Springs Police vehicle leaves the current police station in June.
Scott Franz

— Community members who want to help the city of Steamboat Springs build a new police station have until March 12 to apply for the job.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night endorsed the creation of a seven-member citizens committee that will help plan for the new station that will replace the cramped police headquarters on Yampa Street.

“Hopefully, there are some passionate people who step up,” Council Member Tony Connell said.

The committee will dive into the scope of the building and financing options for it. It also will recommend a cost-effective place to construct the station and explore potential partnerships with other government organizations and local businesses.

After it is seated, the committee will be asked to complete its work and make recommendations to the council by Aug. 1.

The committee could advance what is poised to become the biggest capital project in the city’s history.

The city has now spent more than three years planning for a new police station, but the project has taken several twists and turns — the latest being the council’s inability to agree on the best place to be the station.

Even on Tuesday night, council members weren’t all in agreement as to how quickly the committee should make its recommendation and what its role should be.

In the end, the council voted unanimously that a new police station is a need in Steamboat, with the size, scope and timing to be determined.

City Clerk Julie Franklin said applications would be available online at the city’s website at steamboatsprings.net by the end of the week.

The committee also will include two non-voting City Council members.

In other action

-Voted 4-3 to approve a temporary, 90-day exemption to allow street sweepers to operate downtown from 5 to 7 a.m. While the exception stands, the council wants city staff and interested downtown residents to explore possible improvements and alternatives to the early downtown street sweeping.

-Voted unaimously to pursue enrollment in a national certification program that would grade how environmentally friendly the city is. It’s called the STAR program. Dozens of communities across the country are using the STAR community rating system to measure how sustainable they are and to set sustainability-related goals.

-Approved a supplemental budget that will allow the city to use lodging tax funds to start converting the Workman property on Yampa Street into a park this summer. A culvert and retaining walls near the property also will be replaced

-Voted to have the city take on the maintenance of the common areas around the newest hangar development at Steamboat Springs Airport. The maintenance will cost the city an estimated $15,000 a year. Hangar developer Aviation Developer Group and the council approved an amendment to the master ground lease for the hangar development, which originally called for the hangar development to cover the cost of common area maintenance. City staff did not realize this part of the lease until December after the hangars had been constructed. Staff also subsequently realized they have been providing maintenance to the common areas of a previous hangar development since 2003 despite the master ground lease calling for the hangar development to assume those costs. Saying the hangars provided economic benefit to the city through revenue from fuel sales and lease fees, the council ultimately decided that taking on the maintenance of the latest development was a good business decision.

-Approved the recommendation for allocating $100,000 worth of special event funding.

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

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