Steamboat Springs County officials are seeking more public input on plans to build a new Routt County Courthouse that will cost an estimated $17 million.
At a public meeting last week in Oak Creek, where Routt County officials tried to make the case for the new courthouse, just six people attended.
"We haven't had a lot of public turnout at the meetings, both in Steamboat and South Routt," County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.
"It's real important at the beginning of this process that we get public input and we understand what citizens' concerns and interests are, and what they would like to see."
After a full presentation of the proposed project, including numerous diagrams of the options that are being considered, the county is interested in hearing public input on such things as possible sites, the size of the building given anticipation of future growth and, in general, if the public feels the new courthouse is warranted.
"The people who have been at the meetings brought up really good questions and ideas and that is going to help us build a better facility," Stahoviak said.
The next public meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hayden Town Hall.
Later in the summer more meetings will be scheduled to discuss the design of the building.