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Steamboat Springs City Council to consider backing hefty grant for rodeo ground improvements

A saddle-bronc rider hangs on tight at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series. The Steamboat City Council on Tuesday night will consider backing an application for a $105,000 grant that would help fund improvements to the arena.

— The city of Steamboat Springs has an opportunity to earn a hefty Great Outdoors Colorado Grant to make its rodeo arena more safe for contestants and animals alike.

The $105,000 worth of GOCO funding would help to replace the rodeo’s primary arena, alley and timed event pens.

On Tuesday night, the Steamboat City Council will consider staff’s recommendation to back the grant application.

"We’ve got some bucking chutes and some rough stock chutes that are old, and they’ve been repaired so many times the metal is fatigued and needs to be replaced," Rodeo Board Member John Kerst said as he explained some of the current needs of the rodeo grounds. "It’s something we need to get done."

He said he thought the improvements not only would enhance the grounds, but also the visitor experience at the 20 to 21 rodeos put on in the city each year.

The grant would require $45,000 in matching funds, $25,000 of which will be donated from the Rodeo Board and $20,000 that would come from the city’s 2014 capital improvement program budget.

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The grant is one piece of a broader plan to improve the grounds and make them safer.

The entire master plan for the rodeo grounds includes more than $4 million worth of potential improvements, and the city has budgeted $230,000 for design and construction of improvements this year.

A GOCO grant for the rodeo grounds isn’t the only GOCO-related item on Tuesday’s agenda.

City staff also will talk to the council about their intention not to apply for a $1 million grant that would support the extension of the Yampa River Core Trail to the south.

Staff decided against applying for the grant because of that project’s rising price tag and a lack of matching funds available to get it done.

The grant discussions are highlights of a busy council agenda.

The council will kick things off in Centennial Hall with a joint meeting with the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

They’ll hold a workshop on the urban growth boundary and also discuss the possibility of purchasing into a solar garden in Craig.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

If you go

What: Steamboat City Council meeting

When: 5 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Centennial Hall

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