Triple Crown contract up for renewal

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The summer sports organization Triple Crown is one step closer to seeing another year in Steamboat Springs.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to have staff write an ordinance that would extend the city's contract with the organization. The ordinance must go through two readings to become final.

The council: Heard a presentation about redevelopment at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Consultants Kracum Resources and Wenk Associates presented proposed ideas for the redevelopment. There will be an open house for the ideas today in Centennial Hall.

Learned about discussions about a proposed artificial turf field in the Heritage Park neighborhood. A Heritage Park resident, in addition to city staff, gave a report

. Passed a resolution approving an employment agreement with Alan Lanning, the city's incoming city manager. Lanning begins work after the July 4 holiday.

Heard a report from the city attorney about development of a distribution plan for Westland Mobile Home Park residents. The residents will be displaced by a development project that is in the planning process. The official meeting about the issue is at 6 p.m. June 15 in Centennial Hall.

Reviewed two aspects of a proposed development called Graystone Park, which would be a 17-lot subdivision on Golf Course Road.

Triple Crown's contract runs through summer 2007. Triple Crown President Dave King has said he will not sign another agreement unless officials build more fields in the area.

Officials have been reviewing the possibility of a Northwest Colorado sports complex, and a committee is conducting a study about the economic impact that such a complex would bring. Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association board members, after discussions with Triple Crown officials, are recommending that the extension move forward.

Council member Susan Dellinger said the contract extension was a request by Triple Crown officials to give them time to figure out whether they will remain in Steamboat.

"They're asking us for a year advance notice," Dellinger said.

Council member Kevin Kaminski said the organization deserved the notice, especially if "you want to cut them off at the knees."

Kaminski's words drew clapping from the audience.

From their seats, the public showed support for Triple Crown. When City Council President Ken Brenner asked for a show of hands of support for the extension, about 50 people raised their hands. Only a couple of people didn't agree.

Council member Steve Ivancie wanted to know why there was what he called "a sense of urgency" in the Chamber's request for the extension.

Chamber Executive Vice President Sandy Evans Hall said that if Triple Crown left, the sports organization's officials would need 18 months to create a new program, including new marketing materials.

Dellinger stressed that other municipalities were involved in the Triple Crown issue.

"This is an absolute regional discussion," she said.

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