City, county will discuss airport commission

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— The city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County are considering the creation of an airport commission to oversee their two airports.
City Council members will meet with county commissioners at 4:45 p.m. today to discuss such a commission.
The commission would have more power than the current Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board, but would allow the two entities to retain control over the airport assets. The commission would not have the power to levy taxes.
The city and county had been looking at forming an airport authority, but some officials felt uncomfortable transferring the assets of the city's Bob Adams Field and the county's YVRA into an authority that might not work.
County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who was part of the focus group working on the proposal, called the intergovernmental agreement an intermediate step in forming an authority.
"What it does, it allows us to try something to see if it is going to work without going the full step of legally turning assets over to the authority," she said. "And it may work well enough for us to eventually go to an airport authority."
Under the proposal, the commission would be given the task to come up with budgets for the city and county to approve and to create short to long range capital improvement plans.
The commission could not buy or sell land, borrow or lend money, hire or fire personnel, commit funds not budgeted or transfer funds, personnel or equipment from one airport to another.
Stahoviak said the commission would also not be allowed to make major operation changes at an airport, such as changing the general aviation use at the Steamboat Airport.
The proposal is for a nine-member board with a Routt County commissioner, a City Council member, a Ski Corp. official, a representative from the Hayden Town Board, a resident from Craig or Moffat County appointed by their council and commissioners, a Routt County business person, a Routt County business person selected by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and two people from the aviation community.
"We need a group of people with a broader perspective than local elected officials," Stahoviak said. "These people benefit from this airport. They ought to be able to make decisions on what is going on out there."
She said since Craig and Moffat County contribute funds for YVRA, the focus group felt that they should have a representative.
The airport focus group set July 1 as the date to have an intergovernmental agreement in place and commission appointed. Stahoviak said with major projects and budget projections for next year approaching, the sooner an airport commission is formed the better.


City Council members will meet with county commissioners at 4:45 p.m. today to discuss such a commission.

The commission would have more power than the current Yampa Valley Regional Airport Advisory Board, but would allow the two entities to retain control over the airport assets. The commission would not have the power to levy taxes.

The city and county had been looking at forming an airport authority, but some officials felt uncomfortable transferring the assets of the city's Bob Adams Field and the county's YVRA into an authority that might not work.

County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who was part of the focus group working on the proposal, called the intergovernmental agreement an intermediate step in forming an authority.

"What it does, it allows us to try something to see if it is going to work without going the full step of legally turning assets over to the authority," she said. "And it may work well enough for us to eventually go to an airport authority."

Under the proposal, the commission would be given the task to come up with budgets for the city and county to approve and to create short to long range capital improvement plans.

The commission could not buy or sell land, borrow or lend money, hire or fire personnel, commit funds not budgeted or transfer funds, personnel or equipment from one airport to another.

Stahoviak said the commission would also not be allowed to make major operation changes at an airport, such as changing the general aviation use at the Steamboat Airport.

The proposal is for a nine-member board with a Routt County commissioner, a City Council member, a Ski Corp. official, a representative from the Hayden Town Board, a resident from Craig or Moffat County appointed by their council and commissioners, a Routt County business person, a Routt County business person selected by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and two people from the aviation community.

"We need a group of people with a broader perspective than local elected officials," Stahoviak said. "These people benefit from this airport. They ought to be able to make decisions on what is going on out there."

She said since Craig and Moffat County contribute funds for YVRA, the focus group felt that they should have a representative.

The airport focus group set July 1 as the date to have an intergovernmental agreement in place and commission appointed. Stahoviak said with major projects and budget projections for next year approaching, the sooner an airport commission is formed the better.

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