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Steamboat Springs City Council OKs $250,000 for Howelsen Hill

Members approve money to pursue grants for ski hill, delay city staff pay decision

Steamboat Springs resident Linda Kakela watches her visiting grandson Beck

In other action

Also Tuesday night, City Council:

■ Voted, 4-3, in support of plans for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority’s down payment assistance program. Jim Engelken, Scott Myller and Walter Magill opposed because the plan allows assistance to homeowners outside of the city and its immediate surroundings, provided they work for an employer within that area. YVHA asset and program manager Mary Alice Page-Allen said the program recently helped a homeowner in Stagecoach and one in Oak Creek.

■ Voted unanimously to approve a new lease for the Steamboat Art Museum. The lease is for 99 years but can be terminated with 36 months notice after two years. The lease states Steamboat Art Museum is liable for interior maintenance of the building, while the city is liable for all major exterior maintenance. The city spent $311,000 on repairs to the building in 2008-09.

■ Voted unanimously to extend a city fee on building permits until Dec. 31, 2012.

■ Thanked Tom Leeson, the city’s outgoing director of planning and community development. Leeson is leaving the job as of April 1 to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Maryland. “It’s been quite a ride in the last nine years, particularly the last five as director,” Leeson said. “I have nothing but fond memories.”