No illusions about inclusion

Housing policy revisions are top City Council priority

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Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Jordan said the city is inviting citizens to apply for vacancies on the following groups:

- Board of Adjustment

- Ice Rink Advisory Committee

- Parks and Recreation Commission

- Historic Preservation Advisory Commission

- Public Arts Board

- Local Marketing District

- Planning Commission

- Steamboat Springs Water Commission

- Recreational Needs Exploratory Committee

Applications and position information are available at City Hall, 137 10th St., or on the city's Web site at: www.steamboatspri...

For more information, contact Jordan at 879-8231 or via e-mail at: jjordan@steamboat...

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday.

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A crowded parking lot Tuesday shows another busy day at the downtown U.S. Post Office, at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. The Steamboat Springs City Council is considering moving the post office, which could allow the city to place recreation facilities on the site. Tuesday night, in a meeting intended to prioritize goals for the coming year, the council tentatively scheduled a recreation discussion for mid-April.

— Revising the city's inclusionary zoning ordinance, which regulates how affordable housing is built in Steamboat Springs, is the top priority for the Steamboat Springs City Council.

"The IZ ordinance is the number-one item, and that's what we're doing next," City Council President Susan Dellinger said Tuesday night, during a meeting in which the council reviewed and attempted to prioritize 50 city issues that are either on the table or will be in coming months.

While the City Council next convenes March 6, that meeting will be dominated by a discussion with the Routt County Board of Commissioners about several regional topics. The City Council's next solo work session is March 13, and Dellinger said that session will focus on the inclusionary zoning ordinance, related housing mechanisms and possibly a draft of a new city housing policy that would be the result of several council meetings with housing consultants during the past several months.

The March 13 meeting also will address issues related to redevelopment at the base of Steamboat Ski Area and a presentation by Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord about potential impacts from a local construction boom set to occur this summer.

City Manager Alan Lanning said a total of about 11 million square feet of construction is currently planned in Steamboat.

The council also planned a March 27 work session to review the city's vacation home rental ordinance, which allows property owners to rent residences to short-term vacationers. City attorney Tony Lettunich announced Tuesday that the city has been sued by the Ridge Road Association, a citizen group that is continuing to contest multiple rulings by city officials in favor of a vacation home rental on Ridge Road.

Also Tuesday, the council scheduled a discussion about transportation issues and a meeting with the Yampa Valley Housing Authority for April 10 and a work session about economic development for April 24. A discussion of recreation facility needs and services could occur at either of those meetings, depending on time constraints.

Finally, the council scheduled issues involving growth and infrastructure development west of Steamboat Springs, including construction plans for the New Victory Highway, for May 8.

Councilman Loui Antonucci questioned whether the council's heavier meeting schedule, adopted last fall, is actually "working against moving forward" by "trying to do too much in a short period of time."

Councilman Ken Brenner disputed the notion, saying a heavy workload is part of the job for council members and city staff, but Lanning acknowledged that such a "burn-out" scenario could be the case.

"Our life is a constant preparation for the next council meeting," Lanning said of his office and city planning staff.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

id04sp 7 years, 9 months ago

The USPS delivers mail everywhere else. Why not here?

Why not put 10 trucks on the street and eliminate a few thousand trips to the PO every day.

Hey, let's get the Postmaster a season ski pass, golf pass, etc., and see if that helps.

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WZ4EVER 7 years, 9 months ago

He would want junkets to Denver to stay at the Teatro and the Brown Palace too... Hotel Monoco if those are full -that seems to keep 'em happy. Big difference is that the Postmaster has a real job...unlike several on Council.

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cantstandit 7 years, 9 months ago

Who is going to maintain and plow hundereds of miles of sidewalks??? Maintain thousands of boxes for the Postal delivery folks to get to in the winter???? Sidewalks would be the first step in home delivery, BUT WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THEM!!! Sidewalks are a small first step in what the USPS service requires in home mail delivery. SO WHO WANTS TO PAY THOUSANDS MORE EACH YEAR IN TAXES SO YOU CAN GET HOME DELIVERY?????? WALK TO THE POSTOFFICE!!!

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elphaba 7 years, 9 months ago

Isn't there a teensy tinsy bit of a conflict with the City negotiating for that property when Mr. Brenner is a tenant and makes his "living" from the next door recreational facility??? Just another back door, under cover deal?

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corduroy 7 years, 9 months ago

cantstandit: I've lived in many places but this is the ONLY town I've lived in where I don't get home mail delivery, and have to PAY for a PO Box. Other places have snow too, we just shoveled out around our mailbox and there was never any problems. If there was, they let us know and we resolved it. It's called you own or rent a home, you clear your damn mailbox, just like clearing your walkway. Not a big deal

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id04sp 7 years, 9 months ago

Corduroy,

The USPS regulations changed a couple of years ago. They cannot charge you for rent on a "regular" box unless they offer home delivery (or a cluster box, or something) to you.

A large box is different. That one requires a fee.

If you've been charged for a PO Box and you don't have home delivery or delivery to your business of some sort, then you've been overcharged. They probably won't tell you that unless you put up a fuss.

Cantstandit,

Try walking to the Post Office from Steamboat II.

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