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Council to consider budget, public safety campus

Pro Cycling Challenge sponsorship also among agenda items facing Steamboat’s governing body Tuesday

Brent Boyer

It might be shoulder season in Steamboat Springs, but there's no shortage of things happening in city government. The 2013 city budget, a city manager search process, hosting and sponsoring a stage of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge and providing direction on where to potentially construct a new police and fire station are among the topics to be tackled by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night.

• The council will consider signing off on a letter of support to host a stage of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The council also is being asked to consider a $35,000 sponsorship to help pay for local hosting responsibilities if Steamboat is chosen as a host city by race organizers.

Steamboat hosted a stage finish and a stage start in the inaugural 2011 Pro Cycling Challenge, but it was passed over this year. The local organizing committee already has confirmed it will apply to be a host city again in 2013, with initial requests for proposal due to Pro Cycling Challenge officials at the end of this month.

According to a staff report included in the council's meeting packet, the $35,000 sponsorship would be paid for by adjusting upward the city's projected 2013 revenues.

• The future location of Steamboat Springs Police Department headquarters and a fire station again will be a topic of discussion for the council. After the council rejected a staff proposal to use the Iron Horse Inn site as home for a new police station, city officials on Tuesday are prepared to discuss a couple of other locations with direct access to U.S. Highway 40. City officials also will discuss the impact of available parking at the Stock Bridge Transit Center if a police and fire station are built there.

A joint police and fire station is anticipated to cost the city $10 million. Council members and top city officials have said the project likely would be paid for with unallocated reserve funds. The new fire and police station would be necessary if the city sells its existing public safety campus at 840 Yampa St. to Steamboat Springs-based Big Agnes and Honey Stinger. Earlier this month, the council directed city management to begin negotiating the specific terms of that sale.

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• The city's proposed 2013 budget, which includes $40.3 million in total revenues and $46.2 million in total expenditures, could be passed on first reading Tuesday. A second and final reading would then be scheduled for the council's Nov. 13 meeting.

The budget remains largely the same as the one presented to the council earlier this month. However, there are some notable changes based on council member feedback, including:

  • Restoring proposed Steamboat Steamboat Transit cuts to the tune of $350,000. The city is adjusting its revenue forecast upward to account for the increased expense.

  • Adding $25,000 for tradeshow marketing for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. The added expense would be covered by increasing the city's revenue projections.

  • Reducing the pay of City Council members by 10 percent.

  • Removing a $150,000 Master Transportation Plan from the city's capital projects fund budget.

  • Removing a $70,000 Howelsen Hill Multi-Season Recreation Plan from the city's capital projects fund budget.

  • Reducing planned Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs resurfacing projects by $52,600.

■ Future city managers could impose and remove fire restrictions without a lengthy City Council approval process if the council approves a new ordinance on second reading Tuesday. City officials say the new ordinance gets rid of the unnecessary delays inherent in the city's existing policy.

• The process for selecting Steamboat's next city manager could be decided Tuesday. The council will discuss four options for how to replace former city manager Jon Roberts, who negotiated his resignation from the city earlier this month.

Among the city's options, as will be presented by staff: hire executive search firm Peckham & McKenney to conduct the search at a cost of $18,500 plus $7,500 in expenses; hire executive search firm Mercer Group to conduct the search at a cost of $15,600 plus $3,500 in expenses; contract with Mercer Group to conduct a hybrid search process whereby city staff would perform some of the duties (approximate cost of $10,000 plus expenses and staff time); or conduct the search in-house at a cost of staff time plus $2,500 in advertising costs.

• The council will interview six candidates for the three open positions on the Haymaker Golf Management Committee. Each seat has a three-year term. The candidates include current committee members Barbara Robinson and John Vanderbloemen as well as Tony Counts, Doug Labor, AJ Fleming and Craig Seitz. The council is expected to choose the three representatives at the conclusion of Tuesday's interviews.

• Municipal Judge Paul Sachs and Deputy Municipal Judge Jonathan Melvin could be reappointed to their positions. Sachs has been Steamboat's municipal judge since January 1995, and Melvin has been deputy municipal judge since September 1987. Sachs is paid $2,000 a month for his services, and Melvin is paid $100 an hour for his work. Sachs' term would be for two years.

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