Sunday, November 26, 2006
Steamboat Springs City Council asked Routt County Commissioners to fund part of the Community Center costs because the Council on Aging, administered by the commissioners, is the prevalent user of the current facility.
Out of 2,700 annual user hours, records show that senior citizens used 1,800 hours. The partnership seems obvious and additional County funding is a fair request. The other 900 hours represent a wide variety of uses for city and county residents: weddings, anniversaries, meetings, lectures and lots of other social events that may not be compatible with a recreation center.
The Steamboat Springs Community Center may have grown too expensive for the purpose it will serve. Cost increases are because the size has increased to accommodate a greater variety of uses requested by our community members (city/county).
We can expect even higher costs when architects finish the redesign as directed by Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and we have not yet even put the project out to bid. I am very worried about the final cost of this facility (remember the Tennis Center). City Council shares the concerns surrounding the spiraling cost. We will carefully examine the redesigned proposal balancing functionality and cost.
We had hoped the County's involvement would go beyond $25,000 and participation on the steering committee.
City Council President