Steamboat City Council hashes out its priorities for the next 18 months |

Steamboat City Council hashes out its priorities for the next 18 months

— The Steamboat Springs City Council now has a list of nine objectives to try and accomplish throughout the next 18 months.

Some of the council’s more significant priorities include having the city conduct a new employee wage study this fall based on the local labor market, use an employee satisfaction survey to guide 2015 personnel budget discussions, and gauge how well the city is performing in sustainability efforts and then set sustainability-related targets for the future.

The council also was open to an idea to have a more detailed ranking system of capital projects each year and to have the city put out a sort of financial dashboard that would be updated monthly with different performance measures from city departments.

“It’s taken us longer than we have taken on council in the past, but I’m comfortable with both the strategic goals and the objectives we’ve come up with,” Council President Bart Kounovsky said.

The council also embraced the idea of having a strategic plan done for the city that incorporates past plans.

City staff currently is reviewing the list to come back to the council with the cost estimates and timelines for the goals because many of them involve staff time.

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The list of goals does not specifically address some bigger items the council could weigh in the future, including the possible construction of a new police station.

Kounovsky said those types of items would be weighed in the coming weeks and months.

The lack of any sort of list of goals was starting to weigh on the council.

It was apparent, for example, when the council considered an offer to buy into a community solar garden in Craig.

Some council members said that not having sustainability listed as a top goal at the time influenced their decision to pass on the opportunity for the time being.

To read the council’s full list of objectives, read below.

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