State honors Steamboat

City recognized for historic preservation efforts

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The city of Steamboat Springs received a round of kudos Friday morning at the state Capitol for a national historic preservation award it was given last month.

The Colorado Senate and House on Friday recognized City Council members, staff and other agencies involved in local historic projects.

A joint resolution sponsored by state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, was approved by the Senate recognizing Steamboat Springs as a Preserve America Community. The House is expected to approve the resolution sometime this week

"We, the members of the Sixty-Fourth General Assembly, are pleased and proud to issue this joint resolution in appreciation of the city of Steamboat Springs and its residents recognizing the success of its innovative and cutting-edge efforts in historic preservation and heritage tourism, and encouraging other Colorado communities to do likewise and to become designated as Preserve America Communities," the resolution reads.

On Jan. 15, Steamboat Springs was one of eight communities nationwide honored at a White House ceremony as part of the Preserve America initiative, a program launched by first lady Laura Bush. The communities were the first to be honored for their commitment to protecting their historic heritage.

"I think it is great for Steamboat Springs, and I think it is great for Colorado," Taylor said.

In her speech, Bush recognized Steamboat and the transformation of the old Carver Power Plant into a city meeting room, office space and cafe as exemplary historic preservation work.

The city also was honored Friday morning by Colorado Preservation, Inc. at its annual Saving Places Conference.

More than 750 attended the event.

About 20 city representatives and local, state and federal partners who worked on local preservation projects were present for the recognition.

From there, the group was taken to the state Capitol.

The City Council and some staff already were in Denver on Thursday for a legislative workshop sponsored by the Colorado Municipal League sponsored.

Council President Paul Strong said the constraints of the TABOR Amendment and Amendment 23 painted a grim picture for the state.

"Everyone down there is really somber. This financial situation is so bleak. It is only going to get worse and worse," Strong said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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