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Steamboat Springs City Council to vote on city manager contract, new pot ordinance

— The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night will tackle a heavy agenda highlighted by a proposed contract to promote Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark to city manager.

By a 4-2 vote earlier this month, the council decided to forgo a search for a new city manager and instead promote Hinsvark to fill the role.

If the new contract is approved by the council, she will be paid a base salary of $151,407. The salary includes a $6,000 annual car allowance.

According to a memo about the proposed contract in Tuesday’s agenda packet, her salary is not being raised above what the council approved in December after Hinsvark assumed the interim role.

The new contract also proposes that Hinsvark’s performance will be evaluated at least once each year, and if she resigns or her employment is terminated, she will receive two months worth of salary as severance pay.

The four council members who voted to promote Hinsvark praised her for her performance in the interim role she assumed in October after former City Manager Jon Roberts resigned.

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Pot ordinance

Also on Tuesday night, the council will consider adopting a new marijuana ordinance to replace a temporary one it recently passed.

The council last month voted unanimously to adopt an emergency moratorium preventing the formation of any marijuana clubs within city limits.

Because that emergency moratorium is set to expire in May, the council will consider approving a new one without an end date.

The move would continue to ban the establishment of the clubs while the council starts crafting a more permanent ordinance regulating all facets of Amendment 64, which legalized the consumption of marijuana in the state for adults 21 and older.

The issue of private marijuana clubs first popped up in late December when one started in Denver. Memberships to that club cost $29.99 and allowed people to gather and consume pot in an industrial area north of downtown Denver.

Municipalities have until October to enact ordinances regulating all aspects of Amendment 64.

Economic development

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern will update the council on an economic development website he has been developing. According to a memo from Hinsvark included in Tuesday’s agenda packet, Kern "has been working to consolidate data for businesses interested in moving to Steamboat in one place."

She added that the website provides "strategic data to businesses contemplating a move to Steamboat.”

Earth Hour

The council is expected to sign a proclamation recognizing the hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday as Earth Hour in the city. According to Tuesday’s agenda packet, the event is organized by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change. The city is asking residents to turn off all nonessential lights during the Earth Hour on Saturday.

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