Council members sworn in

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A nearly packed Centennial Hall was filled with clapping and grinning City Council members.

Tuesday night's City Council meeting was unusual, but not when you consider that it was the first meeting of a new council.

Towny Anderson and Kevin Kaminski began their first terms; Loui Antonucci and Steve Ivancie took on seats as re-elected members.

In one of their first votes as a new council, members also selected their officers for the next two years: Ken Brenner, president, and Susan Dellinger, president pro-tem.

However, before the new council members took their seats, the council said "goodbye" and "thank you" to Nancy Kramer and Kathy Connell, whose terms had ended.

Kramer, the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, thanked her supporters as well as her "extended family" at the arts council.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my community as a council member," Kramer said.

Stones were thrown during the election campaigns, Kramer said, and she hoped that those stones would be used in a positive way to build a strong foundation for the community.

Connell, who thanked city staff and the people who pushed her to do her best, also discussed the election, calling it "pretty brutal."

Connell decided to help mend the election wounds by sharing a presentation about many of the council's accomplishments in the past four years. Included in her comments were the community plan update, the urban renewal authority, the Yampa River Core Trail, improvements at Howelsen Hill and the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

Connell urged the council to continue working with other government entities, to respect each other and to work together as a council.

"Have respect for the City Council as a body," she said. "City Council, please work on your vision."

The council generally awards outgoing members with a token of appreciation. Connell and Kramer, however, wanted the money to instead go to Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who has suffered health problems. Stahoviak will receive a $600 check.

After he was chosen as president, Ken Brenner thanked the outgoing president, Paul Strong, for his service.

"He has been an excellent president in the last two years," Brenner said about Strong.

Brenner told the audience to "stay tuned" to see what the new council will accomplish.

"I'm very optimistic about this new City Council," he said. The members are more alike than people think, he said. "We all have a love of Steamboat Springs that will, in different times, always be with us and help us make good decisions."

City Clerk Julie Jordan then swore in the four new and re-elected council members. The members will have a chance to meet with city staff and take tours in the next several weeks to familiarize themselves with city functions.

-- To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229 or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com.

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