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Ford and Meyer will seek to extend Steamboat City Council tenures in November

Scott Franz

It's still too early to gather signatures and apply for a spot on the ballot, but two current City Council members are already announcing their plans to seek re-election in November.

Current council members Scott Ford and Kathi Meyer announced Friday morning they want to extend their council careers as the group looks to make big decisions on housing, Howelsen Hill and other matters.

The council members plan to swap places on the ballot and run for each other's current seats, which carry different term lengths.

Ford said he will seek a shorter two-year term by running to fill the at-large seat on the council.

Meyer, who currently occupies that at-large seat, will run for the longer four-year term in the District 2 seat that Ford currently occupies.

During their announcement at a Coffee with Council event, Ford and Meyer reflected on their council tenures so far.

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Ford said the early years of his tenure, which saw the council having to deal with a police scandal and a rocky relationship with former City Manager Deb Hinsvark, were tougher than the most recent years.

"The last four years have been a mixture of sometimes just heartache that just hurt to my soul to times I truly enjoy it and think we're making a good impact," he said.

Ford said he thinks the city and the council are now pointed in the right direction.

He also wants to stick around to make what he called some big decisions facing the city.

"In the next two years, we're going to be taking a really hard look up there at sources of revenue and diversification," he said.

Meyer said she has learned a lot during her time on council so far.

"There's a lot left to do," she said. "I've got the energy and the interest."

Meyer said she thinks the current council has transitioned away from "a lot of the drama," which she thinks used to be a part of the council.

"We're more of a company," she said.

City Clerk Julie Franklin said residents will be able to start filing for a spot on the ballot sometime in August.

There will be four open seats on the council for residents to vie for this fall.

Council President Walter Magill is term limited and cannot run again in District 3.

Residents in District 1 will also be able to run for an open seat in that district that is currently occupied by Lisel Petis, who was appointed to serve out the remainder of Tony Connell's tenure after Connell resigned in February.

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