June 12, 2014
A Steamboat Springs Police vehicle leaves the current police station in June.
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Potential conflict of interest could cause Steamboat Springs City Council to revisit police probe vote
Council President says council member's flying lessons with subject of probe should have been disclosed
Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill said Councilwoman Heather Sloop should have disclosed that she had taken flying lessons with Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle before Sloop voted to not release more information about the recent police investigation.
The 4-3 vote against seeking more information for the public came immediately after the council met for an hour behind closed doors to receive legal advice from City Attorney Tony Lettunich and a Denver attorney who works for the city's insurance company and specializes in employment issues.
During their campaigns, the four community members who won seats on the council vowed to find a way to bring some closure to the police investigation after the city denied the public access to several reports that detailed the findings of the investigation.
Jerry DeLong told the council the police department is still down three officers, and recruiting efforts are ongoing.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will weigh the committee's recommendation Aug. 4 and decide what to do next.
Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Thursday she has not yet made a decision about the future of Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle, who have been on paid administrative leave since March.
As of last week, $18,000 has been spent for the investigation, and $12,000 for the services of the interim chief.
The council also will hear a request from the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission to form a new working group to explore alternative funding options for parks and recreation.
A former state senator, a school bus driver, two ex-cops and a former city planning director are among the 23 community members wanting to help the city of Steamboat Springs build a new police station.
The City Council will have at least 15 community members to choose from to serve on the seven-member committee.
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night endorsed the creation of a seven-member citizens committee that will help plan for the new station that will replace the cramped police headquarters on Yampa Street.
Routt County commissioners want to discuss possible collaboration with city on police station project
As the city of Steamboat Springs continues to look for a place to build a new police station, the Routt County Board of Commissioners is wondering if a piece of land right next to the Routt County Jail is the best spot.
After failing to get any consensus on the best place to build the station Jan. 7, the council last week voted unanimously to soon discuss the possible formation of a citizens committee to help plan for the new public safety facility.
Based on recent comments from council members, a public vote on the station appears to be unlikely, but there are several members who are open to the idea of forming a citizens committee to recommend building sites.
Several Steamboat City Council members uncomfortable with city's decision to hire councilman's close relative to vet police station sites
The council's discomfort came after the realization that council member Tony Connell's brother-in-law was paid by the city to investigate a building site on U.S. Highway 40 just south of the Hampton Inn that Connell himself has a financial investment in.
City staff and architects on Tuesday night will brief the Steamboat City Council on the sites and ask that they eliminate the ones they aren't comfortable with.