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City of Steamboat eyes May 2019 move-in date for new police station

A rendering shows what the new shared law enforcement facility will look like next to the Routt County Jail.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — City officials in Steamboat Springs are hoping their police officers will move into a brand new police station in May 2019 after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved agreements and land contracts for the new facility.

The next big test for the combined law enforcement facility, which will house the city's police force and the Routt County Sheriff's Office, is to see whether the city is successful in obtaining about $1.5 million in grants for the project.

Alan Lind, the city's general services director, said Thursday the city should find out in the spring whether the grant applications to the Department of Local Affairs will be successful.

The city is currently estimating it will spend about $11.2 million on the facility, while Routt County's share is currently estimated to be $5.3 million.

Some council members were disappointed to learn that the city spent more than $200,000 on plans for previous police station proposals that never materialized.

Those plans included preliminary planning for a police station at Rita Valentine Park and other locations that were never selected due to community opposition or other logistical issues.

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Councilwoman Robin Crossan said the city might someday find itself going in one direction and changing course leading to higher costs.

"It's the cost of doing business," she said.

The city is starting to ponder what to do with the city's old police station on Yampa Street once police officers move into their new building next to the Routt County Jail.

Council members are expected to talk about that question at a work session this summer.

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