Council votes to appoint MacArthur

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Joint board openings should be advertised longer, two Steamboat Springs City Council members and the Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday.

The process came into question after last week's council meeting, when members voted 4-3 to table the appointment of Ed MacArthur to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority Board. The authority is multijurisdictional, meaning that it was formed by an agreement between the city and the county.

At Tuesday's council meeting, the council voted 5-0 to appoint MacArthur to the board. Members Paul Strong and Loui Antonucci, who were among the dissenting votes to table the appointment last week, were absent from the meeting.

The council tabled the ap----pointment last week after public comment by Rich Levy, a board member of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley. Levy said that the housing authority position was not advertised sufficiently. The council agreed to send members Steve Ivancie and Susan Dellinger to the commissioners' meeting to discuss the issue.

During Tuesday's commissioners meeting, Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said she assumed that the board and the council would appoint MacArthur because it was the interview committee's recommendation. A committee consisting of the three board members and three of the seven council members interviewed MacArthur and Steve Lewis for the position.

Dellinger said accepting the recommendation was hard because the committee did not include all council members.

Stahoviak said the commissioners stand behind their decision to appoint MacArthur.

Commissioner Doug Monger said the group needed to identify holes in the advertising process -- and keep track of the solutions.

"We all need to get this down in writing somewhere," Monger said.

The Housing Authority opening was advertised a couple of times. Officials agreed Tuesday to expand that to advertising Tuesday through Friday in the Steamboat Today and to have a notice on Monday's City Page for two weeks in a row.

At the council meeting later Tuesday, Dellinger said she wanted to advertise longer. The council agreed to take note of the city's policy to advertise city board positions for a month. The council will present this proposal to commissioners.

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