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3 more join Steamboat Springs City Council pool

Beauregard, Palmer join candidates vying for seat; Meyer to apply

Mike Lawrence

— Two more candidates have applied for Steamboat's vacant City Council seat, and a third said she plans to apply this week.

Steamboat Springs Plan­ning Commissioner Ce­­dar Beau­regard and real estate investor John Palmer have submitted applications for the seat vacated Tuesday by Jim Engelken, who is moving to the Denver area. Planning Commissioner Kathi Meyer, who twice has run unsuccessfully for City Council and has served five years as a Yampa Valley Housing Authority board member, announced her intentions to run Wednesday.

"I will be filing an application, and I would anticipate filing it before the end of the week," Meyer said.

The trio joins businessman and former City Councilman Kevin Kaminski, massage therapist and Planning Commissioner Rich Levy, and business owner and former City Council candidate Kyle Pietras in the candidate pool.

The deadline to apply is July 15.

City Council President Cari Hermacinski said Wednesday that at least one candidate will be eliminated July 20, when City Council will select finalists. That decision will occur in a public vote, she said.

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"Absolutely in public," Her­macinski said. "I don't foresee any of this process being conducted in executive session."

Hermacinski said narrowing the pool to "three to five candidates" would allow the City Council to spend ample time with finalists during interviews Aug. 3. Steamboat's city charter requires the council to appoint a candidate that night, but Hermacinski said the new member likely won't begin service until Sept. 7. The council only has one meeting planned for August.

Meyer, 60, has more than 11 years of Planning Commission experience and has spent 25 years in banking, specializing in real estate finance.

"I've got some … financial management skills that I think right now would be of use under the current challenging environment," she said.

The city has faced budget cuts amid declining sales tax revenues during the past two years.

Beauregard, 38, is a Steam­boat Springs native who said his primary goals on City Council would be to get a handle on traffic problems and control growth.

"I'm always in favor of infill, specifically to offset sprawl," he said Wednesday, citing a desire to focus new development within city limits.

Beauregard, in his third year on Planning Commission, said concerns about size and scope led him to consistently oppose the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation that city voters rejected in March.

Palmer, 67, also said he opposed Steamboat 700.

"I think you need to keep your community somewhat under control," he said.

Palmer owns two properties in Steamboat and lives on Ski Trail Lane. He moved here about five years ago, he said, after selling American products in Macedonia for seven years, working in real estate in Colorado and Florida and operating gift stores in Vail and Atlanta.

"I thought they could use some new blood, so I filled out the application," Palmer said about his City Council bid.

To apply

Applications for the vacant at-large Steamboat Springs City Council seat are available at City Hall on 10th Street and with this story.

The deadline to apply is July 15.

The at-large seat is open to applicants citywide, and the person appointed will serve the remainder of former City Councilman Jim Engelken’s term, through the November 2011 election.

Call Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin at 970-871-8248 for more information.

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