On the agenda
City Council meets today at 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall.
4 p.m. City Council convenes as the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority to discuss construction at Ski Time Square and the base of Steamboat Ski Area, including a draft five-year plan and update on installation of the Burgess Creek Culvert.
5 p.m. City Council meets in executive, or secret, session to discuss a possible acquisition of real estate.
5:30 p.m. Reports from council members, city staff and Routt County Planning Commission; update on studies regarding future plans for Steamboat Springs Airport; proposal for Howelsen Emerald Park Feasibility Study; pre-application for Jobe Property, a 12-acre parcel east of Casey's Pond on Walton Creek Road.
Steamboat Springs Consultants will tell city officials tonight that a $10 million runway expansion at Steamboat Springs Airport would boost fuel sales and turn a $2 million profit in 20 years.
Dennis Corsi and Justin Pietz, of Armstrong Consultants, an airport engineering and planning services firm based in Grand Junction, will update the Steamboat Springs City Council on Armstrong's study of development options for the airport on Routt County Road 129. The city hired Armstrong in September 2006 to conduct the study, designed to update the airport's master plan.
A second study, conducted by Matrix Design Group of Denver, is exploring alternative uses for the 255-acre airport site, which has sparked public debate for years about land use and the airport's value to the community. The Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee is overseeing both studies. Tonight's City Council meeting begins with an executive, or secret, session at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall on 10th Street.
The Armstrong study says expanding the airport's 4,452-foot runway would allow for more air traffic and increased fuel sales with relatively small local development costs. The Federal Aviation Administration could fund 95 percent of the runway expansion, with state grants funding an additional 2.5 percent, according to the study. That means a $10 million, 600-foot runway expansion would cost slightly more than $250,000 locally. A 1,300-foot expansion costing more than $19 million would require nearly $484,000 in local costs. Either expansion would increase airport revenues and turn a profit in 20 years, Armstrong says.
Tonight's presentation also will include options for expansions to the airport's hangar and taxiway.
George Krawzoff, the city's director of transportation, said the options will be presented for information only and should not be considered for action without results from the Matrix study.
"Whether any of the expansion options they're proposing will be acceptable to the community, I can't speculate, but they would be premature at this point before the alternative study," Krawzoff said. "I remain convinced that the two studies need to come together at the tail end - the city needs to answer the root question of what we're going to do with this airport before they can answer any of the development options Armstrong is proposing."
Krawzoff said both studies are "anticipated to wrap up" in February of 2008.
Additional information on the master plan study is available online at www.armstrongconsultants.com.
Tonight's council meeting also includes a review of the pre-application for a mixed-use development on 12 acres east of Casey's Pond near Walton Creek Road.