Steamboat Springs Community members soon will have a new way to weigh in on Steamboat Springs' plan to build a new police station.
City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Tuesday night that the city plans to launch a website dedicated to the construction of the new headquarters sometime before the end of next week.
She said the site will feature an interactive map on which residents see all of the sites being considered for the station, view a list of pros and cons about each site and provide feedback.
All of the presentations given to the Steamboat Springs City Council about the proposed facility also will be available for review.
At a budget hearing earlier this month, the City Council reaffirmed its commitment to including the new station on the list of capital projects the city will fund throughout the next six years.
Starting in 2014, the city has budgeted a maximum of $8.9 million for the project, but the projected building cost of the station has not been finalized.
City officials said the current police headquarters on Yampa Street is cramped and insufficient for today's police force.
Plans to construct a new facility have been discussed and debated in Centennial Hall for more than a year.
Most recently, the city and the council abandoned a preliminary plan to build the station on a small corner of Rita Valentine Park after the idea faced much opposition from the community, and the city said it had more viable alternatives.
The new website dedicated to the station's construction is the latest example of the city using the Internet to engage residents on big projects.
A MindMixer site dedicated to the planning of Emerald Mountain Park recently drew in users to discuss 33 ideas for the park in a forum.
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