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Mainstreet’s annual meeting to address spring construction

Mike Lawrence

If you go

What: Mainstreet Steamboat Springs' annual meeting, including update about spring construction plans along Lincoln Avenue, keynote speaker Carl Steidtmann, and presentation of annual business awards

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday

Where: Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Call 846-1800 or e-mail mainstreetsteambo… to RSVP.

— Plans for spring construction along Lincoln Avenue highlight the agenda of Main­street Steamboat Springs' annual meeting Friday.

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The construction update from the Colorado Depart­ment of Transportation, Scott Con­tr­acting and city officials is planned for the end of the meeting, which is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Town Pub & Restaurant. The fifth annual event also includes guest speaker Carl Steidtmann, chief economist for global financial firm De­lo­itte, who will talk about "Wall Street and Main Street."

The meeting agenda also includes an update about summer events from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association; a ski season update from Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.; and a presentation of awards for Business of the Year, Businessperson of the Year and Volunteers of the Year.

CDOT and Scott Contr­acting began work in the fall on the large-scale resurfacing and improvement project between Third and 13th streets. As work progressed some downtown business owners said they were not prepared for the scope of the project's impacts.

Spring work is slated to begin April 1, weather permitting, and continue into June. Scott Contracting has an $80,000 incentive to finish by July 1. Cody Patterson, site supervisor with Scott Contracting, said work in the spring predominantly will be above ground, consisting of tearing up asphalt along Lincoln Avenue and pouring concrete. Patterson said the bulk of that paving will happen at night.

Business owners have asked for considerations including more advance notice and detail with construction schedules, variances to city sign codes to allow open businesses to promote themselves, more pedestrian access to downtown streets and an increased effort to provide downtown parking where possible.

Patterson said Tuesday that Scott Contracting is discussing spring construction plans with CDOT, but he won't have any information until Friday's Mainstreet meeting.

"We're looking at different options to try and expedite the work and minimize the impact and still hit the end of June date to finish the project," he said. "Nothing has been approved or finalized yet."

Patterson said he and Proj­ect Manager John Murnan will represent Scott Contracting on Friday. CDOT and city officials also will take part in the discussion.

Barnett said Mainstreet has scheduled a Jan. 21 meeting to use information presented Friday to plan marketing strategies for downtown businesses this spring.

Barnett said business owners are hoping that the work with the highest impacts can be completed earlier in the spring, before tourism season gets in full swing.

"People are very, very concerned about what's going to happen to our June business," Barnett said. "They're not so worried about April and May, but they're very worried about June."

Friday's meeting also will include presentations for Business of the Year to F.M. Light & Sons and owner Ty Lockhart, who will talk about the store's successful business techniques; Businessperson of the Year to Steve Hitchcock of Zirkel Trading; and Volunteers of the Year to Kathryn Vaynkof for her weekly newsletters about local events and to Paul Kasenga for his leadership with September's Downtown Hoedown and Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge.

Friday's meeting and lunch costs $20 a person. Call Barnett at 970-846-1800 or e-mail mainstreetsteamboat@comcast.net to RSVP.

If you go

What: Mainstreet Steamboat Springs’ annual meeting, including update about spring construction plans along Lincoln Avenue, keynote speaker Carl Steidtmann, and presentation of annual business awards

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday

Where: Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Call 846-1800 or e-mail mainstreetsteambo… to RSVP.