New casual coffee meetings with Steamboat City Council members to start Friday

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Coffee with Council dates

May 9

June 13

July 11

Aug. 8

All meetings are held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on the third floor of the new academic center at Colorado Mountain College.

— Anyone who has a suggestion, a gripe, an idea, some praise or any other feedback for this city and its elected officials can share them with a Steamboat Springs City Council member in a casual setting Friday morning at Colorado Mountain College.

At 7:30 a.m., council member Scott Ford will host Steamboat's first “Coffee with Council.”

He hopes it's a place community members will come to engage with their elected officials in an atmosphere that is more relaxed than a televised City Council meeting.

“I can't help but think that at the end of the day, this helps serve everybody better,” Ford told the Steamboat Today in March when he first pitched the idea to his fellow council members. “The dialogue and the give and take is healthy for everyone involved.”

The Coffee with Council meetings will be held on the second Friday of every month and will be attended by no more than two council members at a time.

Ford, who is paying for the coffee and refreshments at the meetings, said it would run through Aug. 8 as a sort of four-month pilot program.

The casual coffee meetings are one of a few new ways the council members are working to have more communication with their constituents.

Following a facilitated retreat earlier this year, some council members have started to submit written reports in the agenda packets for the council meetings.

Members also have discussed the idea of starting to use more work sessions prior to meetings.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

Comments

Scott Wedel 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Next should be a Shots with Scott Ford weekly meeting held on alternative Fridays between 4 and 6 pm at his favorite bar. That would get a completely different group than a 7:30 am meeting at CMC.

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jerry carlton 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Oz Your suggestion is absurd. How about a smoking mmj with the city council? No more absurd than your suggestion. Just what we need, a drunk, stoned city council with all the drunks and stoners in town giving their suggestions on how to make this a better place. Have a nice day.

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Scott Wedel 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh, Jerry it was a joke."Shots with Scott Ford" didn't sound like a joke?

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Scott Ford 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Good Morning Scott & Jerry -

Know both of you well. I enjoy our respective conversations. Scott I hope you schedule allows you to attend one or more of these "coffees" and Jerry when you get back in town hope to see you as well. (Say hi to Mona). PS/ It is snowing this morning - but the hope of spring is showing itself. Have a good day guys! / Scott

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jerry carlton 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Scott F. We got back last Thursday. Will see you at church.

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John Fielding 7 months, 2 weeks ago

This forum will certainly be useful, but what about a formal procedure for registering citizens concerns with a link for the record of actions taken and results accomplished, available for viewing by all who wish to know what degree of responsiveness exists in our local government.

At present there is no way to track the actions (or lack thereof) when a citizen presents an issue to the government. In one example I took a concern to three departments (Public works, public safety and planning), each of whom had a degree of authority regarding the matter, and have received no report from any of them about what can be done to address the situation.

We must institute procedures to hold government accountable for the proper execution of the duties with which it is entrusted.

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