Ski Corp. to present plan to city

— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will present an amendment to its master plan to the Steamboat Springs City Council today.

The amendment is in the conceptual phase, said Ski Corp. President Chris Diamond. Tonight's council meeting kicks off a two-month process in which the ski area presents the amendment to the community.

The amendment is being prepared for the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service requires the master plan to be updated every five to 10 years, Diamond said.

Under federal regulations, the public process is not required to start yet, but Diamond said the company wanted feedback from the community. Hopefully, the public feedback will let the ski area know if it is headed in the right direction before money and time goes into a final draft plan.

"We are trying to do a reality check and trying to get everybody up to speed on this," Diamond said.

The biggest changes to the plan, Diamond said, involve changes to the ski lifts and snowmaking operations. Advances in technology sparked many of the changes in the plan, he said.

The plan also covers improvements to the base area, which has been a top priority for the City Council in the past year.

The master plan was approved in 1993 and amended in 1996. The newest changes would be the second amendment. So far, the ski area has presented the amendment to its employees and the Forest Service, Diamond sad.

The expected one-hour presentation to council will cover the process and what specifically will be added to the plan.

In other business, the City Council will consider the second reading of an ordinance asking downtown developers and property owners to bury electric, phone and cable lines for any new building or redevelopment.

The ordinance is estimated to add $2,500 to $30,000 to the cost of building downtown and would help defray the city's costs when it begins a project in 2006 to underground all utility lines in the downtown area.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

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