Tuesday, September 8, 2009
If you go
What: Steamboat Springs City Council meeting
When: 5 p.m. today
Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.
Call: City offices at 879-2060 for more information; call 871-7070 to listen live to meetings of the Steamboat Springs City Council
5 p.m. Council convenes as the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority to discuss public improvement projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area
5:15 p.m. Golf pro update; Steamboat 700 capital facilities plan
By the numbers
Steamboat 700 mill levy comparison
Stagecoach Meadowgreen 154.383
Steamboat 700* 80 to 95
Alpine Mountain Ranch 80.861
Stagecoach general 76.383
Oak Creek Sierra View 75.027
Steamboat II 71.561
Source: City of Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs City officials have decided not to renew their contract with Haymaker Golf Course pro Hank Franks and will ask the Steamboat Springs City Council today for permission to negotiate a new deal with two local men.
Franks and his wife, Wendy, have run the golf course since it opened in 1997 with a dirt parking lot and modular clubhouse. After a competitive bid process that began this spring, the golf committee is recommending that the city negotiate a new deal with Luke Brosterhous, Haymaker's junior program director, and Tom Taylor, Steamboat Springs High School's assistant golf coach. The contract would take effect Jan. 1.
The decision to advertise the position after more than a decade with Franks was based on City Council direction during the budgeting process last year to re-evaluate all existing contracts as they expire. The city received six proposals for the position.
"It's a very, very competitive situation. The committee just felt the consensus was to go in a different direction," Golf Committee Chairman John Vanderbloemen said. "We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Hank and Wendy Franks. They've been with Haymaker since the beginning."
Franks said he responded to the bid in hopes of holding on to the contract, but he was told two weeks ago that his proposal wasn't chosen.
"It's been great for Wendy and I," Franks said. "It's something we wanted to do and were comfortable doing. We wanted to continue on, both of us."
Franks said he's not sure what he and his wife will do next or whether they will stay in Steamboat.
"We're going to stay focused on getting through the next couple months and doing everything we can to end it on a good note," he said.
The golf professional is hired as an independent contractor for the city and is responsible for hiring and paying his or her own staff and serving as the chief operating officer for the course, pro shop and practice facilities. The city paid Franks $81,000 to $86,000 a year from 2006 to 2008, which is in addition to revenues from other sources such as golf lessons and equipment sales. Golf course maintenance workers are employees of the city.
Vanderbloemen said all six proposals were very similar from a financial standpoint and that the new contract wouldn't result in substantial cost savings for the city.
"Decisions like this, you're normally looking for the best overall package," he said.
Also today, City Council will review the fiscal impacts, as they relate to capital facilities, of the proposed Steamboat 700 project seeking annexation. Council will be asked to approve a capital facilities phasing plan that calls for various improvements at different stages of the development and identifies Steamboat 700's share of costs. Steamboat 700 is a master-planned community that proposes about 2,000 residences and 380,000 square feet of commercial space on 487 acres just west of current city limits.
Public improvements called out in the plan include major upgrades to and a widening of U.S. Highway 40 from 13th Street to the project, other road improvements, construction of a new community center, transit stops, new buses, parks, trails and a new public safety building.
Councilwoman Cari Hermacinski said she has some concerns with the plan in its current form, including the fact that Steamboat 700 is being asked to pay for only 21 percent of the new public safety building. She also worries that no improvements to U.S. 40 are required until Steamboat 700 reaches 390 dwelling units.
"The highway would remain exactly how it is with all that extra traffic," Hermacinski said.
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