Scott Franz

Scott Franz 2 months, 4 weeks ago on As Steamboat Springs City Council weighs Iron Horse sale, tight-knit community of tenants hopes to stay


There are 26 units being rented at the Iron Horse, and about 50 people living there. So it is not 50 x 700 x 12 months. The city is projecting it will collect $190,000 in rent this year with $193,000 in expenses. That's where the break even operational cost comes from.

The $470,000 is the debt service for the property that comes in addition to the operating cost every year.



Scott Franz 3 months, 1 week ago on No candidates yet for Steamboat City Council's District 1 seat


I'll have a story getting into the why everybody is running and more about their background after the field is finalized next week and we know about all the people who are running. I didn't want to do that for one story now and potentially miss somebody who enters late (It appears there may be at least one more candidate at this point). If you or other community members have any specific questions you'd like to ask all of the candidates, feel free to post them or email me at



Scott Franz Reporter 970-871-4210


Scott Franz 7 months, 1 week ago on City will hire deputy city manager


Winnie DelliQuadri is the second assistant to the city manager. She was previously the government programs manager.

Council member Tony Connell asked Hinsvark to consider coming up with a succession plan for a number of reasons, with the police investigation being one of them. He raised the issue most recently because of Casey Earp's departure. The succession planning also had been raised by some council members prior to the police investigation and Earp's departure.

Council President Bart Kounovsky told me Hinsvark would have to find the room in the budget to bring back the position, or seek approval of added expenses. Hinsvark said Earp's departure and the subtraction of an FTE made room for the deputy position.

-Scott Franz, Reporter


Scott Franz 8 months ago on Sharon's restaurant brings comfort food to west side of town

I always want to put a "u" in that word where it shouldn't be. Thanks for pointing it out, and have a good weekend.



Scott Franz 10 months, 1 week ago on New shuttle coming to west Steamboat Springs to improve bus service

Hey Alan,

The existing Aqua Line bus schedule will continue. The shuttle is in addition to the existing bus schedule. The first Aqua Line picks up at the campground at 6:30 a.m., and it will continue to serve the campground midday when the shuttle isn't running. Let me know if you have any other questions.

-Scott Franz Reporter,, 970-871-4210


Scott Franz 11 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat City Council gets an earful about recent cuts to winter bus service

Hey Dan,

I talked to the head of the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies about the marijuana issue recently for a story I'm publishing Dec. 28 about bus driver recruiting challenges. She told me the issue is with the drug testing requirements for drivers and the test's inability to determine exactly when someone consumed marijuana. For example, I was told a driver who has marijuana in his or her system two weeks before the test could fail it and not be able to drive even if they are not actively under the influence of marijuana while they are driving/testing. I touched on this issue in a story I wrote last year about recruiting challenges at SST. Here's what I wrote then:

"City bus drivers cannot have more than four points on their driver's licenses, and they can't have a drunken driving conviction, including a DUI or DWAI, that is less than seven years old.

Drivers also cannot have smoked marijuana in the 30 days prior to their hiring.

Transit Manager Jonathan Flint said he doesn't know how much the marijuana rule has impacted the applicant pool, but his department has fielded some questions about the requirement, especially after the state legalized recreational marijuana consumption for adults."

Let me know if you have any other questions. -Scott