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Steamboat briefs: Peter Flint chosen as new planning commissioner

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Citing his previous experience on community boards, including a stint on a homeowners association in a suburb of Minneapolis, the Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to add Peter Flint to represent the town of Yampa on the County Planning Commission.

A psychologist by profession, Flint replaces Richard Klumker, who informed the county he would not seek a new term. Flint will serve through March 2019. The vote was 2-0 by Commissioners Tim Corrigan and Doug Monger, with Commissioner Cari Hermacinski absent.

Flint told the BOC that, after seeing urban sprawl taking place without thought to considerations such as traffic flow in his former home of Plymouth, Minn., he places high value on preserving Routt County’s rural ranching heritage, while also keeping a thoughtful eye on economic drivers in the local community.

In related action, the two commissioners returned three incumbent commissioners to their seats for new three-year terms. They include Andrew Benjamin, representing Oak Creek; Planning Commission Vice Chairman Brian Arel, who holds the at-large seat; and alternate Doug Baker.

CMC hosts legal workshop on manufacturers, guides

Colorado Mountain College will host a legal workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, in classroom 213 in the Academic Center.

The workshop will focus on helping small manufacturers and recreational service businesses, including guides and race organizers. Warranties and product liability waivers will also be covered.

Clark resident and attorney Doug Tumminello and his associates, Emily Bayton and Hermine Kallman, representing the Denver law firm of Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie LLP, will lead the program.

The fee for the workshop is $15 and includes lunch. To reserve a space in the class, call 970-870-4491. This program is organized by the Colorado Mountain College Entrepreneurship Center, with support from Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

CMC group launches 2016’s business plan competition

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College is hosting the fifth annual Community Business Plan Competition for 2016. This program promotes effective planning for new business startups.

With a well-written plan, entrepreneurs have a better chance of finding funding, recruiting talented employees, addressing the needs of customers and solving operational challenges.

Past winners have included, Grasssticks, a bamboo ski pole manufacturer, Balance Rider, a patented equine training device, Nelson Colorado, an outdoor wear company and Mountain Pine Manufacturing.

As part of this competition, two free business plan-writing workshops will be offered May 25 and June 15. Topics covered in these workshops include identifying target markets, defining products or services as customer values, financial forecasts, operations, marketing and sales strategies.

To register for either workshop, call 970-870-4491.

The competition, sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs, Alpine Bank and Colorado Mountain College, offers a first prize of $10,000 and a second prize of $5,000, plus other benefits.

Plans are due Sept. 19. Finalists will present their business concept to a panel of judges from Yampa Valley SCORE in October.

For guidelines and rules, visit coloradomtn.edu/yvec.

Submit medians landscape maintenance proposals

The city of Steamboat Springs is soliciting proposals from qualified contractors to provide landscape maintenance and horticulture services in 18 medians and streetscapes and two traffic roundabouts throughout the city of Steamboat Springs.

A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Parks and Recreation Building, 245 Howelsen Parkway. All contractors planning to submit a proposal must be represented at the meeting. Proposals must be submitted to city offices, 137 10th Street, P.O. Box 775088, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, Attn: Shelly St. Pierre no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The city reserves the right to reject any and all bids and proposals and enter into a contract or issue a purchase order which, in its opinion, best serves the needs of the Steamboat and its residents.

Seminar on houndstongue control slated for Wednesday, March 23

A seminar on houndstongue control will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in the Trout Creek room at the Routt County Courthouse Annex.

The seminar will include information on houndstongue taxonomy and identification, biology and ecology, history and folklore, animal health issues and toxicology and land stewardship implications.

Information will also be presented on prevention of houndstongue seed production and establishment.

For more information, call the Routt County Week Program at 970-870-5246.

City sets open house series on Bear River Park plan

The city of Steamboat Springs, in collaboration with the National Parks Service and Oxbow Design Collaborative, is working to update the Bear River Park Master Plan and will host a series of open houses to present information regarding the project and solicit public feedback.

The second open house is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. The hearing will be in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Commission work session. The meeting will start 5:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, and anyone interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend.

The goal of this planning effort is to create a viable, financially feasible master plan for the site and to guide the next phase of improvements to the park. This plan is an update to the 2004 park master plan and will incorporate the most efficient, sustainable and desirable uses of the park space through community participation.

Oxbow Design Collaborate and the National Parks Service will present two conceptual plans for Bear River Park based on feedback received at the first community meeting and the public information website bearriverpark.com.

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