Steamboat Today editorial: Time’s up

We were more than a little concerned last week to learn that the Community Committee for Education, or CC4E, has extended the timeline for presenting its recommendations for school facilities construction and upgrades to the Steamboat Springs School Board.

It was also troubling to learn that CC4E member Chad Phillips — who also serves as Routt County’s planning director — had resigned from the committee and that city planning director Tyler Gibbs, who also serves on the committee, has been unable to attend many of the group’s meetings due to city commitments. Phillips and Gibbs were and are CC4E’s most-qualified members in terms of negotiating the parking and traffic issues that will undoubtedly accompany any proposal.

In our view, these two bits of news are potentially ominous signs.

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the city’s voters soundly defeated a $92 million bond issue that would have funded construction of a new high school and upgrades to buildings across the Steamboat Springs School District, as well as enabled the completion of long-deferred maintenance needs at existing campuses.

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