Steamboat City Council hashes out its priorities for the next 18 months


— The Steamboat Springs City Council now has a list of nine objectives to try and accomplish throughout the next 18 months.

Some of the council's more significant priorities include having the city conduct a new employee wage study this fall based on the local labor market, use an employee satisfaction survey to guide 2015 personnel budget discussions, and gauge how well the city is performing in sustainability efforts and then set sustainability-related targets for the future.

The council also was open to an idea to have a more detailed ranking system of capital projects each year and to have the city put out a sort of financial dashboard that would be updated monthly with different performance measures from city departments.

"It's taken us longer than we have taken on council in the past, but I'm comfortable with both the strategic goals and the objectives we've come up with," Council President Bart Kounovsky said.

The council also embraced the idea of having a strategic plan done for the city that incorporates past plans.

City staff currently is reviewing the list to come back to the council with the cost estimates and timelines for the goals because many of them involve staff time.

The list of goals does not specifically address some bigger items the council could weigh in the future, including the possible construction of a new police station.

Kounovsky said those types of items would be weighed in the coming weeks and months.

The lack of any sort of list of goals was starting to weigh on the council.

It was apparent, for example, when the council considered an offer to buy into a community solar garden in Craig.

Some council members said that not having sustainability listed as a top goal at the time influenced their decision to pass on the opportunity for the time being.

To read the council's full list of objectives, read below.

City Council objectives

Council top goals


Scott Wedel 3 years ago


I think the pay study is for city employees, not businesses.

The pay study is to look at local wage scales so the pay for city bus drivers is compared to local shuttle drivers, not bus drivers in Vail. A previous wage study was largely useless because it compared wages to other cities as if the job market for city employees was only other governments and not similar local jobs. A local bus driver is not going to quit SST and join Eagle County transit for a day more an hour. But the local bus driver might quit SST and drive a Mountain Resorts shuttle.

BTW, anything crazier than city council being split 4-3 on whether they had completed the city manager's performance review? Back when I worked for a corporation, a job review had pages of objectives, whether the objectives were met and things like strengths, weaknesses and a skills improvement plan. Thus, I'd say a proper job review could never be questioned whether or not it was completed. The only way there could be 4-3 vote on whether Hinsvark's performance review is complete is if it was a verbal "think she is doing a good enough job" review.


Scott Wedel 3 years ago

I cannot tell if the city has a long term capital requirements budget that lists when various existing infrastructure is projected to wear out and need to be replaced. The part of the city capital budget that I cannot find are things like replacement ski lift at Howelson which has to be expected to be slowly wearing out. As far as I can tell, SB has no knowledge of anything that will need to be replaced more than 3 years into the future.

The county has that sort of long term capital requirements budget which shows ebbs and flow in the capital budget for the next 20 years. So things like a recently purchased road grader already has it's replacement scheduled to be purchased and that is in their long term capital budget.


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