City of Steamboat, Routt County consider software upgrades
February 7, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Instead of enjoying the fresh snow falling Friday, city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials spent eight hours in meetings listening to software presentations.
Officials from the two governments sat through three presentations this past week as they consider upgrades to software that could be used across multiple departments.
Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Friday that the process started with about eight initial proposals that were narrowed to the three finalists.
While the software proposals generally are concerned with permitting, Hinsvark said, the choices being considered could be used at the city for planning and code enforcement, as well. One presentation, she said, was for what the company called a "civic platform," encompassing a wide range of functions within the same program.
"Routt County has probably a different need for software than the city does," Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said. "Ours is probably more comprehensive."
Sullivan said some of the options being presented could handle permitting for the building, planning, road and bridge and environmental health departments as well as track those permits through the process.
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Sullivan and Hinsvark said that the eventual software choice could affect the regional building department, which was formed by an intergovernmental agreement, but that it was too early to tell how.
The future of the building department has been the subject of multiple discussions in the recent past, as members of the construction industry have pushed back against ideas such as privatization and separate building departments for the city and county.
"Today is all about software," Hinsvark said Friday.
Sullivan said there has not yet been a discussion about changing the current structure of the building department.
Longtime Routt County building official Carl Dunham retires March 5.
Sullivan said he has a list of options for how the department will function immediately after Dunham's retirement but that he's waiting on a final review of the software options before making a decision.