Capital needs will be the focus of Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council meeting |

Capital needs will be the focus of Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

Council to hear stormwater presentation, revisit six-year capital improvement plan

— Steamboat Springs’ long-term future capital needs will be in the spotlight at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

The meeting will kick off with a broad look at the city’s stormwater system that city officials say may require $40 million worth of work in the coming years.

Public Works Director Chuck Anderson will present the council with the draft of a study released last week that recommends the city should invest $17 million in new capital projects to upgrade its stormwater system and help manage future flooding and problems associated with annual spring runoff.

City officials anticipate that cost will rise by an additional $18 million to $23 million to meet new federal stormwater requirements, purchase land needed to implement improvements to the system and restore and maintain the city’s existing stormwater infrastructure.

The city plans to form a task force in the coming weeks to help identify how to pay for any of the upgrades.

After the stormwater presentation, the council will learn how the construction of new police and fire stations will impact the six year capital improvement plan it approved last year.

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"This fire and police relocation project should have no effect on the approved 6-year CIP because throughout the process the transfer to the capital projects fund has been taken into account and shown in all of the cash flow statements," Finance Director Kim Weber wrote in a memo to City Council. "The fire and police relocation is proposed to be funded out of general fund reserves, grant revenue and fire district payments."

The city’s capital improvement plan includes $29.5 million worth of projects ranging from major intersection and street improvements to the purchase of new vehicles for the city’s fire department.

At council’s last meeting, Council Member Cari Hermacinski asked that the police and fire stations be added to the capital improvement plan after she pointed out that the new facilities were left off the plan for a number of years. She said the city has an obligation to understand what impact moving the buildings up the list of priorities would have on other capital needs.

Other agenda highlights:

• Director of General Services Anne Small is scheduled to update the council on the city’s search for a new city manager. After they were presented last month with a list of four search firms that could help find the city’s next leader, the council decided last month to postpone the search until they had a chance to discuss expectations for the person who fills the role. They also wanted more time to figure out how to grade a city manager.

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