Housing authority deal up for approval

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The final step in the long process of forming a housing authority could come tonight when the Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County commissioners approve an intergovernmental agreement.

The document that outlines the purpose, makeup and powers of a multijurisdictional housing authority is up for approval.

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority, which comes after more than a year and a half of meetings, would establish a body to create housing projects for families of low or moderate-income levels in Routt County.

Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who worked on the wording and composition of the intergovernmental agreement with former Councilman Bud Romberg, said the only item she expects discussion on is the authority's right to condemn property.

The agreement states that the board could only condemn property if it is in the boundary of the authority. Stahoviak said that caveat might not be enforceable, because authorities under state law have the power to condemn property in and out of their boundaries as long as it is for public purposes.

After the intergovernmental agreement is signed, Stahoviak said, the first step would be to advertise for positions on the board.

The agreement calls for the board to have between seven and 15 members. The board of directors should have one member appointed by the council, one by the county commissioners and the remainder appointed jointly by the governing bodies.

Three council and three commissioners will review the applications, interview candidates and make recommendations for appointing the remaining directors.

The first task for the board will be to hire an executive director and then to create a multijurisdictional housing plan.

The authority would have the right to ask voters for a tax to fund its projects and programs or an impact fee.

The authority's boundaries include the area within the city's municipal limits and the boundaries of the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District.


-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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