Jack Weinstein: Downtown tax to be discussed
Meeting Wednesday about potential to fund business improvement district
January 24, 2012
Steamboat Springs — The first public meeting to discuss a potential downtown property tax to fund the existing business improvement district is scheduled for Wednesday.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said the tax would be subject of Mainstreet's Economic Restructuring Committee meeting at 11:30 a.m. upstairs at Harwigs/L'Apogee.
Committee members will decide whether to ask property owners, business owners and residents in the area from about Third to 13th streets and Yampa to Oak streets in downtown Steamboat about the tax.
A vote to provide a funding source for the district failed by six votes in 2007.
The property tax revenue could help fund the Mainstreet program, marketing and promotion of the downtown district and services for the businesses, Barnett said. She said that's up to the property owners and business owners in the district.
Barnett said she wants to hear what their questions and concerns are.
■ Resort Broadband recently announced its acquisition of VailNet, an Internet service provider in Eagle and Summit counties.
The deal brings 3,000 new customers to Resort Broadband, the largest locally owned Internet service provider in Steamboat Springs. It was founded in 2001. VailNet customers will retain their vail.net and colorado.net email addresses.
Also as part of the deal, Resort Broadband acquired vail.net and colorado.net websites as well as online visitor guides to the Vail and Beaver Creek areas.
■ Mindful Life founder Kristen Race, Ph.D., was named to the list of 20 Women to Watch in 2012 by http://www.mommyperks.com, a site that provides parenting information, advertising and public relations help, product reviews and tips for moms.
Steamboat-based Mindful Life helps identify solutions to help families manage stress. Its signature program, Mindful Life Yoga for Kids, serves more than 4,000 children in 25 schools across the country, including nine preschools in Routt County.
The next training for teachers, counselors or parents to become certified in the yoga method is Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to sign up, visit http://www.mindfullifeyoga.com.
■ Animal Healing Center has been awarded gold certification by the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium, according to a news release.
The holistic veterinary clinic at 344 Oak St. was noted for reducing energy consumption and having sustainable practices, which included a paperless record-keeping system and eliminating X-ray chemical waste by using digital machines.
Animal Healing Center is one of 81 businesses in the Yampa Valley that have participated in the Steamboat Sustainable Business Program, a service provided by Environment Solutions Unlimited.
■ Two businesses have reopened in the space above West End Liquor, 2432 Lincoln Ave.
Runs With Scissors salon and Abracadabra, You Can Look Younger opened about two months ago. Runs With Scissors was last located at 306 Oak St., and Abracadabra last was at 1124 Yampa St.
Runs with Scissors offers color, cuts and facials. Abracadabra also provides hair services but specializes in bio-electric facial rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelifts.
Both businesses are open by appointment. Call Sam Bennett at Runs With Scissors at 970-846-3030 and Zanobia Shalks at Abracadabra at 970-871-0072.
Jack Weinstein's column appears periodically in the Steamboat Today. Contact him at 970-871-4203 or jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com.