Kevin Kaminski said he plans to continue serving on the Steamboat Springs City Council despite closing today on the purchase of a home outside his district.
Kaminski was elected in November 2005 to represent District 3, which includes neighborhoods south of Walton Creek Road. The home he plans to purchase is on Steamboat Boulevard, in District 2.
According to the Steamboat Springs City Charter, Kaminski would have to leave his seat on the council if he moved out of District 3. He said Thursday that in order to "fulfill his obligation" to the voters who elected him, he plans to continue living in District 3 while his family lives in District 2.
Kaminski is married and has two children, Kylen, 9, and Keely, 4.
Kaminski said he will continue living in his family's District 3 home on Red Hawk Court. In the long term, he plans to purchase an apartment in District 3 and live there after the Red Hawk Court home is sold. He said he plans to stay with his family at the new house on Steamboat Boulevard on weekends.
"I'm not doing anything easy," Kaminski said. "My family is willing to work with me. It will be a major inconvenience in my life, but I'm aware of why I was voted in, I have a purpose on the council, and I want to continue to pursue that."
Kaminski met Thursday with City Manager Alan Lanning and City Attorney Tony Lettunich to discuss the situation.
"At this point, we have made the decision to go ahead and continue my obligation to the public," Kaminski said.
Kaminski's term continues until November 2009.
Lettunich has said that determining the residency of an individual is a complex issue.
Criteria including location of personal property, motor vehicle registration, residence of parents, spouse and children, employment and income sources are part of determining someone's primary residence, Lettunich said.
Kaminski said determining residency will not be a factor because he will simply continue living in the district he represents.
He acknowledged that people may doubt or question the feasibility of his situation.
"There definitely will be a challenge," Kaminski said. "I don't know what they'll be trying to fight, because I won't be doing anything illegal. I'm not trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes - I'm just trying to fulfill my obligation. If (people) want to watch me, they can watch me."
City Council President Pro-tem Susan Dellinger said Kaminski is in for a challenging time.
"He has kids and a family - it will be hard," Dellinger said. "But to me, it's really up to his constituents and whether they think they're being represented."
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