City Council may up skateboard fines

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Too many people are "repeat offenders," who have been caught riding skateboards and other vehicles on sidewalks more than once, city officials say.

Officials are trying to crack down on those who aren't taking the law seriously.

Steamboat Springs City Council members will vote tonight whether to adopt a graduated fine schedule for people who are caught riding skateboards and other vehicles in prohibited places.

The fee, if adopted, will replace the current $10-per-offense fine that officials use now. The proposed fines would be $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $75 for the third and subsequent offenses.

The ordinance lists a variety of vehicles, including skateboards, bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, toy vehicles, kamikazi boards, go-peds, stand-up scooters and ski skates.

People cannot ride these vehicles on the sidewalks of the city within the following boundaries: Oak Street to the north, Yampa Street to the south, Third Street to the east and 13th Street to the west. It is legal, however, to carry a skateboard or other vehicle or to walk a bike in this area.

People also cannot ride any of those vehicles, except bicycles, on any portion of any public roadway within the city of Steamboat Springs.

Officials from the police department could not be reached for comment Monday.

The council is doing a first reading of the ordinance tonight. Ordinances are usually adopted after a second reading, but staff members are recommending that council members adopt the ordinance on first reading.

In other business, the council is set to conduct:

A first reading to adopt the Base Area Design Standards, which define how the base area should look, including elements such as colors and lighting. The city's planning commission adopted the standards last week but did not have time to review related criteria, including affordable housing.

A second reading of an ordinance that would require the suspension of liquor licenses for establishments cited for selling to minors or visibly intoxicated people.

A second reading to adopt the city's 2006 budget.

A second reading of an ordinance that would allow city officials to purchase the old Moffat County Road and Bridge Shop, 616 E. Victory Way, for bus storage and a park-and-ride.

-- To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229

or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com

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