Steamboat City Council to discuss plans for new police station Tuesday night


Past Event

Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 5 p.m.
  • Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free


— City of Steamboat Springs officials Tuesday night will find out how their Steamboat Springs City Council wants them to proceed with plans to build a new police station.

The discussion will come after city staff tells the council it no longer wants to consider building the new headquarters on a small corner of Rita Valentine Park because of strong public opposition to the idea and the potential for interference from nearby power lines.

Some council members said Thursday that they were so dismayed by the city’s vetting of possible police station sites, they want to pause the project indefinitely.

But others said the city still desperately needs a new public safety campus and it should continue looking into the alternative sites that include a remodel of the headquarters on Yampa Street.

The police station discussion isn’t the only highlight of Tuesday’s agenda.

The council also will consider approving the operating budget for Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s winter air service and conduct City Manager Deb Hinsvark’s regularly scheduled six-month performance review.

The review is scheduled to occur in executive session, meaning it will not be open to the public.

Hinsvark was promoted to city manager in March after serving for several months as interim city manager.

She previously served as the city’s deputy city manager and finance director.

Other agenda highlights

• The council will recognize this year as the 20th anniversary of Yampatika. According to the proclamation, the environmental nonprofit has connected "more than 5,000 youth and adults to their natural environment through its educational programs and reaches another 10,000 through its Nature Center at the U.S. Forest Service Building."

• The council will consider approving liquor licenses for two new restaurants set to open in downtown Steamboat in the coming months. Vaqueros, a new Mexican restaurant, is slated to open on Lincoln Avenue in December. The other license is for E3 Steakhouse, which is expected to open in November in what was the Cottonwood Grill on Yampa Street.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 6 months ago

Considering the comedy of errors so far, still sounds like no chance of doing what is needed of returning to step 1 which is to question the presumed needs of the new building and get the reasoning behind every part of building a new police station.

The process doesn't have to be put on hold, but they do need to stop pretending they are ready to make a final decision.


Martha D Young 3 years, 6 months ago

"City of Steamboat Springs officials Tuesday night will find out how their Steamboat Springs City Council wants them to proceed with plans to build a new police station." Let's hope it happens in that order. Council directs the staff, not vice versa. And let's also hope that there's more transparency in decisions involving choosing sites, and the costs incurred in assessing those sites.


walt jones 3 years, 6 months ago

Scott I agree. Martha, as long as Deb Hinsvark is the city's fearless leader she will be directing Council due to her agenda from day 1.


John Fielding 3 years, 6 months ago

From Rob Douglas' column Thursday: "Finally, due to growing internal and external resistance, Hinsvark indicated Thursday that city management will present its “findings to council next Tuesday night and ask that (Rita Valentine Park) be removed from consideration so that this neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief.”

All "findings" should be presented, then a pause should be taken to consider which of these are sound enough to proceed on. Apparently there is a "finding" that an 18,000 sf facility is needed, which must certainly be questioned.

In pursuing my due diligence on this issue, I interviewed the one person who is both completely informed about the needs of the department and able to express his viewpoint without concern of crossing swords with others. That is of course our highly decorated, much esteemed, recently retired police chief J. D. Hayes, the man who was head of the operations in the existing station since the time it was too big for their needs.

He made it very clear that simply making use of the space currently occupied by the fire department would serve the departments needs very well for years to come. For an even longer term plan, the idea of using the YVEA building was very attractive.

He was firmly of the opinion we ought not to spend a very large amount of money on a new station at this time, if for no other reason than fiscal prudence.

I fully support his recommendation.


John Fielding 3 years, 6 months ago

It will be interesting to note whether the city managers review will be before or after the findings are presented. It certainly should be after, and the presentation should bring this process completely out of secrecy and into the view of the public who it it is intended to serve and who will have to approve of and pay for it.


Heather Vincent 3 years, 6 months ago

Do we really need another Mexican restaurant? We already have eleven places where you can get Mexican food including Taco Bell, Qdoba and two taco stands.


Scott Wedel 3 years, 6 months ago


We do not need any number of businesses or restaurants. But in a free market it is up to the business owner investor to make their own decisions on what they think is a good investment. All that the city council should care about is whether the business owner will follow the liquor laws.


rhys jones 3 years, 6 months ago

In consideration of the economy, still depressed whatever they say, we should most seriously pursue improving the existing as outlined above, expanding onto the soon-to-be-vacant YVEA property, one or both sides of 10th. I am unfamiliar with condemnation proceedings, but would YVEA still not receive a fair price for their land? Don't worry, Council, there will still be plenty of opportunity for kickbacks and payoffs and skimming in the upcoming construction contracts.

We can NEVER have too many Mexican restaurants!! While Camerones de La Montana are hard to beat, a good carne asada quesadilla con queso y pico de gallo is hard to find, (I really miss the full-kitchen roach coaches at the construction sites in Phoenix, not to mention a restaurant or three there) and few use enough cilantro in their salsa. Bring it on!!


Bill Whittemore 3 years, 6 months ago

I just got home from a City Council meeting. At the meeting, the council decided not to build a Police Station on Rita Valentine Park. That is very nice to hear, through thousands more people than just myself. They said that they will keep looking at 4 other possible Police Station locations. Even though they once again mentioned 4 other locations, they still will not tell us, the public citizens who voted the City Council members into office, where they are looking for other locations. I don't understand why. If they would share these other locations with us, we could share our feelings about how we feel about these areas. I think that these feelings would help the council a great deal. What is the council looking at? Don't they trust us? I wonder why?


Scott Wedel 3 years, 6 months ago


Well, they have yet to trust the public on why they decided they need 12,000 sq ft of office and 6,000 sq ft of garage, or what and why is their criteria for a new location.

So why should they tell us the sites they are considering? They've already decided that nothing other than finished proposals will be presented to the public.


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