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Steamboat Springs City Council to weigh contract extension for Interim City Manager Deb Hinsvark

— The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night could sign off on a major building project and officially extend Deb Hinsvark’s tenure as the city’s top employee.

Last month, the council agreed to postpone any search for a permanent city manager until after the November election, in which four seats on the council will be at stake.

Council member Walter Magill then proposed offering Hinsvark, the city’s interim city manager, a one-year contract extension.

The council is likely to decide on the details and time frame for a contract extension Tuesday night.

Hinsvark’s current contract with the city is set to expire only if the council hires a permanent city manager.

Magill and a majority of other council members recently have praised Hinsvark for her performance in the interim role and said they would be open to offering her an extended contract.

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Hinsvark, who has expressed a desire to become the permanent city manager, said she would be open to the offer.

Last month, she gave the council a list of 12 goals she and her management team want to accomplish.

The goals range from proposing a new sustainable pay plan for city employees to improving the financial performance of Howelsen Ice Arena, Howelsen Hill Ski Area and the city’s airport by 10 percent.

Hinsvark has been serving as the city’s top employee since Jon Roberts resigned in October, but the council’s desire last month to offer Hinsvark an extended contract wasn’t unanimous.

Council members Cari Hermacinski and Sonja Macys voted against the motion to add the contract discussion to Tuesday night’s agenda.

Macys said the city "should be thinking of a long-term vision" for the position.

Hermacinski said the extended contract could "tie the hands" of the council that’s seated in November.

Before they weigh Hinsvark’s contract Tuesday, the council will spend some more time discussing its goals and expectations for the city manager.

Also Tuesday, the council could give its final approval to a major building project south of downtown.

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Feb. 14 approved the new 42-unit Skyview Apartments that developer Paul Brinkman plans to build in the spring at Whistler Road and Skyview Terrace.

Brinkman told the Steamboat Today in January that he expects the one-bedroom apartments to rent for $950 to $1,050.

According to Tuesday’s agenda packet, three members of the public spoke at the Planning Commission meeting where the project was approved.

"In summary, two of those that spoke had concerns over the density, (floor area ratio), parking, snow storage, setbacks, visual appearance and open space," city planners wrote in a memo to the City Council.

"The other person spoke in regards to the project name and how he has spoken with the developer to change the project name so that it would not be confused with his condos, Skyview Terraces.”

The memo indicated developers were open to changing the name of the development.

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