Steamboat Springs City Council could decide relocation of fire and police stations
October 15, 2012
Steamboat Springs — The future of Steamboat Springs’ police and firefighting presence on Yampa Street could be decided at Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.
Following weeks of discussions centered around their desire to move emergency services out of 840 Yampa St., city officials will ask the council Tuesday to approve the sale of the facility to Big Agnes for $2.1 million.
At the same time, city officials will look to the council to weigh in again on the final two proposals for relocating the fire and police stations out of that building.
The options include razing the Iron Horse Inn and replacing it with a police station, or constructing a combined fire and police station next to the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown.
The city originally pitched the demolition of the Iron Horse as its top choice, but the proposal was met with mixed reviews from the council.
Several council members said earlier this month they wanted more time to consider the proposal.
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City officials still think the Iron Horse is a viable option, and they will present a more detailed version of the plan Tuesday night.
A PowerPoint presentation detailing the pros and cons of both relocation proposals, along with their costs, was released Monday by Deputy City Manager Deb Hinsvark.
In it, the city estimates that the aging motel will require $2.9 million worth of maintenance to continue to operate for the next 20 years.
The presentation also outlines the option to build a combined public safety campus west of downtown. Officials wrote that the Stock Bridge option would reduce initial relocation costs by $1.6 million as well as put police closer to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, the jail and the Routt County Justice Center.
Other agenda highlights:
Bed and breakfast
City Council will consider approving a conditional use permit for a proposed bed and breakfast at 2415 Val d’ Isere Circle. The city’s Planning Commission last week voted unanimously to approve the application to open the bed and breakfast, and there was no public comment.
In a memo to the council, city planner Jason Peasley said the bed and breakfast would be run out of a large home that is in a neighborhood characterized by a mix of single-family and duplex structures on relatively large lots.
He added there are several vacation rental homes in an adjacent neighborhood.
Steamboat’s city manager soon could gain the ability to enact and recind fire restrictions.
Steamboat Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart and Public Safety Director Joel Rae are proposing to give the city manager the ability to dictate fire restrictions in the future without an emergency ordinance from the council.
“By allowing the City Manager this authority, the City can respond in a more timely manner to address changing conditions," Stewart wrote in a memo to council. "This will allow the City of Steamboat Springs to more closely follow the direction of other agencies and authorities in our region."
Currenty, fire restrictions must be imposed and dropped with the approval of the council. They require first and second readings before they can go into effect.
Yampa Valley Data Partners will brief the board on the results of a two-year Governor’s Energy Office grant and then outline its plans for next year.