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Committee weighs in on plan B for police station

Scott Franz

If a shared public safety facility cannot be realized, most members of the city's police station committee believe a vacant piece of land just south of the Hampton Inn on U.S. Highway 40 is the most ideal place for a new police station.

— If elected officials in Routt County can’t find a way to cooperatively design and build a new public safety facility on the west end of Steamboat Springs, the city’s police station committee has a plan B.

Most committee members see the vacant piece of property just south of the Hampton Inn on U.S. Highway 40 as the best place to build a standalone police station.

“It’s central. It’s visible,” committee member Tyler Goodman said of the site.

The police station committee remains committed to its recommendation of a shared facility next to the Routt County Jail, but it was asked by the Steamboat Springs City Council to also come up with an alternative recommendation for a standalone police station in the event the shared facility doesn’t materialize.

The City Council and the Routt County commissioners will discuss the prospect of the shared facility at a July 20 meeting.

Anne Small, the city’s director of general services, told the police station committee the potential plan B site near the Hampton carries an asking price of $1.2 to $1.3 million.

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She said the property was appraised for around $900,000, and the owners did not believe the city’s appraisal was accurate.

In January, the council was only one vote shy of pursuing the property that is near the intersection of Trafalgar Drive and U.S. 40.

Council members Scott Myller, Kenny Reisman and Walter Magill labeled it as their preferred site for a police station.

Sonja Macys and Scott Ford moved to slow down the police station talks and weren’t ready to commit to a site.

And council President Bart Kounovsky and council member Tony Connell had to step down from the vote due to potential conflicts of interest associated with the property.

Without a consensus on any site, the council created the citizens committee to make recommendations for the police station.

The committee voted unanimously to recommend a shared facility next to the Routt County Jail that could house both the city’s police force and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

The police station committee’s preference for the plan B site quickly became clear during an informal straw poll vote on Monday morning.

The committee will officially vote on the plan B recommendation July 27.

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