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Hermacinski to relinquish Steamboat City Council presidency

She will recommend Bart Kounovsky to lead City Council

Jack Weinstein

is congratulated by her friend Alie Alexander on Tuesday night after they found out Hermacinski beat her opponent Kevin Bennett in the Steamboat Springs City Council District 1 race. Supporters were celebrating at the Old Town Pub.

— Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski will nominate Bart Kounovsky to take over the role she's held since 2009.

The City Council will consider appointing officers, including its president and president pro-tem, when it meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall. The appointments will take place after the new and returning council members who were elected last week are sworn in. They are Kounovsky (District 2), Kevin Kaminski (at-large), Sonja Macys (District 3) and Scott Myller (District 1).

Hermacinski said she previously asked Kounovsky if he would be interested, and he told her he was. Hermacinski said she would like to remain president pro-tem.

"My goal was, two years ago, to make changes in how the agenda functions and make meetings policy-focused and run efficiently, and I think that's been achieved," she said. "Bart has a career in leadership positions and running meetings. … I think he'll be good as president."

Kounovsky, CEO of Colorado Group Realty, was appointed in September 2010 to fill the at-large seat vacated by Jim Engelken. He ran unopposed this year for the four-year term representing District 2.

He confirmed his interest in becoming president Monday, if he were nominated and if the rest of City Council supports it.

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"I just think it's a manner in which skill sets that I have can help out both the council and the city," Kounovsky said.

He said his professional experience includes running large organizations such as Colorado Group Realty, where he oversees more than 60 employees.

Hermacinski also touted the reduction in the number of executive sessions used by the council during her presidency.

City Council members Myller, Kaminski, Walter Magill and Kenny Reisman said Monday that they didn't have any interest in being council president. Macys said she would consider the position if she was nominated.

"I wouldn't turn it down if I were asked," she said, "but there are people with more institutional knowledge to do that job."

Also Tuesday, the City Council will consider second reading of the 2012 budget. The budget, which was approved on first reading Oct. 18, includes a general fund expenditures of more than $24.7 million. Total appropriations, including capital projects and all enterprise funds, such as utilities, come to more than $51.5 million.

A reception for outgoing council members Meg Bentley and Jon Quinn will start at 4:30 p.m. Both chose not to seek re-election.

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Agenda highlights

5 p.m. Oath of office for new council members; selection of council president and president pro-tem; discussion of retreat/new council orientation; semi-annual update from the Historic Preservation Commission; a proclamation honoring City Engineer Janet Hruby for applying for and receiving a Bicycle Friendly Community gold designation from the League of American Cyclists; a proclamation honoring the professional success and community contributions of Planning Department Coordinator Janet Dunham; a resolution approving the Local Marketing District’s 2012 budget; second reading of ordinances to: update the income limit standards and revising accounting procedures water discounts for elderly and disabled persons; and second reading of the 2012 budget.

7 p.m. Public comment and planning commission written report.

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