Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz gives the morning news update for Friday, October 20. <!-- Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of <a href="http://www.mybrokers.com">Colorado Group Realty</a> in Steamboat Springs. -->
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Oak Creek has agreed to release tapes of a closed meeting that may have led to Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman's resignation. The Oak Creek Town Board met in secret session Sept. 25 to hear complaints by town employees against the mayor. Rodeman was not allowed to participate in that secret session. The Steamboat Pilot & Today challenged the meeting, saying it was an illegal closed session because the Colorado Open Meetings Law prevents public bodies from meeting in secret session to discuss an elected official. The Pilot & Today may receive the tapes as early as today, and updates will be posted to steamboatpilot.com as they become available.
The Steamboat Springs City Council is ready to change the inclusionary zoning ordinance. The council's denial Tuesday night of the revised housing plan for One Steamboat Place, a mixed-use development project at the base area, not only set a high standard for the inclusion of affordable housing in future residential developments in Steamboat, but also shined a light on flaws in the inclusionary zoning ordinance that regulates affordable housing. A primary flaw, council members said, is the city's fee in lieu calculation, which requires developers to pay the city $24,000 for every required affordable housing unit that is not included in a development.
After 18 years in the Routt County Assessor's Office, Amy Williams is stepping down. And three people are eager to fill her position. Democrat Mike Kerrigan, the chief appraiser in the Assessor's Office; Republican Dick Klumker, a former pilot; and independent candidate Nancy Terry, an appraiser in the private sector, are squaring off in a race for a position that will pay about $59,000 a year. The Assessor's Office is tasked with valuing all property in Routt County so property owners pay their fair share to each of the taxing districts. For more election coverage, go to steamboatpilot.com/election2006.
In sports, the Steamboat Springs volleyball team fell in three games to Battle Mountain, 25-12, 25-10, 25-9. It was the last home match of the season for the Sailors.
Steamboat golfer Paul Berry was named to the honorable mention All-Colorado golf team by the Rocky Mountain News. Berry, who finished ninth in the Class 4A state championship at Haymaker Golf Course earlier this month, was one of 21 high school golfers to be selected. Berry was the only golfer on the Western Slope selected to the team.