Steamboat City Council to discuss plans for new police station Tuesday night |

Steamboat City Council to discuss plans for new police station Tuesday night

— City of Steamboat Springs officials Tuesday night will find out how their Steamboat Springs City Council wants them to proceed with plans to build a new police station.

The discussion will come after city staff tells the council it no longer wants to consider building the new headquarters on a small corner of Rita Valentine Park because of strong public opposition to the idea and the potential for interference from nearby power lines.

Some council members said Thursday that they were so dismayed by the city's vetting of possible police station sites, they want to pause the project indefinitely.

But others said the city still desperately needs a new public safety campus and it should continue looking into the alternative sites that include a remodel of the headquarters on Yampa Street.

The police station discussion isn't the only highlight of Tuesday's agenda.

The council also will consider approving the operating budget for Yampa Valley Regional Airport's winter air service and conduct City Manager Deb Hinsvark's regularly scheduled six-month performance review.

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The review is scheduled to occur in executive session, meaning it will not be open to the public.

Hinsvark was promoted to city manager in March after serving for several months as interim city manager.

She previously served as the city's deputy city manager and finance director.

Other agenda highlights

• The council will recognize this year as the 20th anniversary of Yampatika. According to the proclamation, the environmental nonprofit has connected “more than 5,000 youth and adults to their natural environment through its educational programs and reaches another 10,000 through its Nature Center at the U.S. Forest Service Building.”

• The council will consider approving liquor licenses for two new restaurants set to open in downtown Steamboat in the coming months. Vaqueros, a new Mexican restaurant, is slated to open on Lincoln Avenue in December. The other license is for E3 Steakhouse, which is expected to open in November in what was the Cottonwood Grill on Yampa Street.

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