Council looks at projects

Clubhouse and golf course top capital expenditure list


— The Steamboat Springs City Council looked at $14.5 million worth of capital improvement projects for 2005 at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Topping the list of expenditures was a proposal for a $3.9 million golf clubhouse at Haymaker Golf Course and a $1.98 million expenditure for replacing the tennis bubble. The council decided not to make a decision on whether to fund the high-ticket items.

The Golf Management Committee and Tennis Facility Replacement Committee have come before the council with their proposals for building the new facilities and have agreed to return with more concrete numbers and financing opportunities to fund those projects.

The Golf Management Committee has proposed funding the clubhouse through a 1 percent accommodation tax, which is currently being used to pay off the construction of the Haymaker Golf Course. A break-down of the funding shows that $1.46 million will come from reserves and the other $2.5 million will be in debt service, which would be paid off during a number of years. The break-down of funding for the tennis bubble shows that $330,000 would come from privation funds, and the remaining $1.65 million could come from a general fund transfer or through debt financing. In July, the council agreed to spend $40,545 for architectural and engineering work on improvements to the tennis bubble, but balked at fully supporting the $1.98 million cost.

Other budgeted capital items for 2005 include $250,000 for a ball field expansion.

The city is looking at building a new field in Heritage Park, which is west of town and already holds two soccer fields. A break-down of the budget shows that $100,000 would come from grants, and $50,000 would come from private contributions.

The ball field expansion would help fulfill contract agreements with Triple Crown to provide more fields in the area for the organization's summer play.

Other big spending items include $792,000 for the street shop expansion for the public works department. The department also budgeted $540,000 for its 2005 pavement maintenance program.

The city also plans to spend $150,000 to leverage $450,000 worth of grant money for partnerships with open space and parks projects.

The capital improvement plan presented to the council Tuesday forecasts the city's capital needs for the next five years.

In 2005, the city proposes to spend $50,000 for two street turnarounds in Ski Time Square. The project will require $625,000 in the next four years. Private partnerships are expected to cover about $150,00 of that expense. The city also proposes to spend $931,000 to improve the medians on South Lincoln Avenue. The city budgeted $20,000 for 2005 and $230,000 or more for the next four years.

The plan also includes $720,000 for acquiring land for fire stations west and south of the city.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

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