Council searches for site

Time to find home for community center is running short


— The search for a community center site is on.

The Steamboat Springs City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss the future of a community center in Steamboat.

The current community center will be torn down to make room for expansion of the Bud Werner Memorial Library. The council promised to build a new center before the old one is torn down.

The council's time is running short. The library must start construction quickly because it must spend a certain percentage of its bonds within 36 months after issuance.

The council has made moves to get the center started. In a recent split vote, the council selected the George P. Sauer Human Services Center as the center site. However, the building belongs to the Steamboat Springs School District, and the School Board voted, 3-1, last week against sale or lease of the building.

Council member Susan Dell--inger has said that if the Human Services Center negotiations didn't work, the council would likely re-start discussions about the Stock Bridge Transit Center site on the west side of town.

The Stock Bridge site was preferred by council members who voted against the Human Services Center. It also was the preferred site of local seniors, who use the community center. Building at the Human Services Center was estimated to cost $2.3 million; the Stock Bridge site was estimated at $3 million.

At 4:30 p.m. -- before the community center discussion -- the council will interview candidates for the Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee.

What: Steamboat Springs City Council special meeting about the community centerWhen: 7 p.m. todayWhere: Citizens Meeting Room, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

In March, the council voted unanimously to complete a new Steamboat Springs Airport Mas--ter Plan as well as a study that would explore alternatives for the airport. During the same meeting, the council said that a steering committee or task force should be formed to work with the consultants who are drafting the plan.

The suggested makeup of the committee is two airport advocates, two critics and two neutral members. Also, two City Council members would sit as ex-officio members: one perceived critic and one perceived advocate.

The committee's functions may include monitoring progress of the alternatives study as well as reporting to the council. Officials suggest the group meet during four facilitated meetings.

The council's selections will be made by paper ballot. The selections will be ratified during the council's June 6 meeting.


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