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Steamboat Springs City Council talks shared public safety facility with Routt County commissioners

— Routt County commissioners want to start looking into the feasibility of constructing a shared public safety facility with the city of Steamboat Springs.

Other highlights from joint meeting

• The City Council and the commissioners discussed the future of housing developments in the region. The county is asking the city to consider revisiting the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan and the related West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan to allow new rural subdivisions like Silver Spur and Steamboat II outside of the city limits, only within the previously delineated urban growth boundary. Council members offered varying opinions of the proposal and resolved to keep discussing it next month.

• Commissioners and the council talked about the council’s request for the county to contribute money to downtown infrastructure improvements. Read more about the county’s reaction in a story later this week in the Steamboat Today.

During a joint meeting with the Steamboat Springs City Council on Monday, commissioners agreed that the county first needs to do a space needs analysis for the Routt County Sheriff’s Office and the 911 Communications Center.

After that, commissioners suggested they would be open to entertaining a proposal from the City Council to work on a conceptual design for a shared facility.

County Commissioner Tim Corrigan said he also wants to see numbers showing the projected cost savings for a prospective shared facility.

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A citizens committee formed by the Steamboat Springs City Council is recommending that the city and county work together to construct a shared public safety facility next to the Routt County Jail on the western end of the city.

The committee believes such a facility could save taxpayer dollars and strengthen the relationship between the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office.

It is likely to take several more weeks though for elected officials here to decide whether to pursue the project.

Still looming are questions of timing and funding for such a facility.

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins asked his fellow elected officials if there was any time schedule for the potential project.

Council member Sonja Macys said the focus should be on “doing it right” instead of doing it quickly.

Council member Scott Myller said he wanted to “keep the heat on” the project.

The City Council will discuss the police station committee’s recommendation at a meeting next month.

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Other highlights from joint meeting

• The City Council and the commissioners discussed the future of housing developments in the region. The county is asking the city to consider revisiting the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan and the related West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan to allow new rural subdivisions like Silver Spur and Steamboat II outside of the city limits, only within the previously delineated urban growth boundary. Council members offered varying opinions of the proposal and resolved to keep discussing it next month.

• Commissioners and the council talked about the council’s request for the county to contribute money to downtown infrastructure improvements. Read more about the county’s reaction in a story later this week in the Steamboat Today.