Council to begin water interviews

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After three months of advertising, the Steamboat Springs City Council is ready to start interviewing for the Steamboat Springs Water Commission.

In the past week, the city received enough applications to fill the board and its designated areas of representation.

The proposed seven-member commission is supposed to have four residents who live in the city service area, two residents who live in the Mount Werner Water District Service area, one who comes from the Tree Haus subdivision and a resident from the Steamboat II service district.

The city was waiting on an applicant from the Mount Werner Water District who lives in the Tree Haus subdivision.

City Clerk Julie Jordan hopes to have interviews for the commission finished and recommendations in hand by the third council meeting in January. Jordan thought the commission's goal to have a broad representation of water and sewer users was one of the reasons it took so long to find applicants.

"With such a diverse group ... it takes a while to get the word out and have people come forward," Jordan said.

The city has six applicants for the four positions representing the city's service area. The applicants include three former members of the city's water focus group: Paul Stettner, Jim Engelken and Bill Martin. Other applicants from the city service area include Alvin Skiles, Grant Fenton and Dan Birch.

Doug Baker and Patrick Ryan were the two applicants from the Steamboat II district. John Fetcher, a former member of the water focus group, applied to be the representative for the Mount Werner service area, and Gilbert Lang applied to serve as the Tree Haus representative.

The interview committee of council members Steve Ivancie, Kathy Connell, Ken Brenner and Susan Dellinger will make recommendations about who will serve on the board, and the entire council will vote on those recommendations.

The commission's mission is to work with all regional water and sewer providers and customers to seek more efficient ways to provide water and sewer services.

The council approved the water commission Sept. 9, about a year and half after the set up and break down of the Water and Wastewater Commission, which had four representatives from the city and four representatives from the Mount Werner Water District.

The proposed commission will look at ways to create greater efficiencies for existing services, review proposals for new services and integrate long-range water and wastewater planning with the city and county's community plans. The board also will review water rights applications by the city and special districts, water and wastewater rates, plant investment fees and dispute resolutions between the different districts. Looking at consolidating water districts also will be on the group's to-do list.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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