Town receives $250,000

Grant to help build public works shop

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Hayden officials were recently told the town will receive a $250,000 energy impact grant to be used to pay for the construction of a new public works building.

In July, Town Trustee Chencho Salazar and Town Manager Rob Straebel attended an energy impact grant forum in Cripple Creek to explain the town's need for a new public works facility, and to request $300,000 in energy impact funds to build it. The money comes from taxes paid by energy and mining companies and goes to communities impacted by those industries. The request was made to the Colorado Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Advisory Committee. At the meeting, Hayden received, by a 6-1 vote, a recommendation for full funding. Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, who sits on the board, abstained from voting.

Town leaders were happy to receive $250,000 of the requested $300,000.

"There were $11.5 million in requests, and only $7.5 million available," Straebel said. "We're absolutely happy we got what we did."

The review committee and Bob Brooks, director of the Department of Local Affairs, concluded that the town is definitely impacted by the energy work done in the area. Some 126 coal miners live in Hayden, which is more than in any other community in the county, Straebel said.

The new 6,000-square-foot public works barn will be built near the town's sewage treatment plant. It will have four, 14-by-14-foot doors, and an innovative in-floor heating system installed below the concrete foundation. Straebel said the system is more expensive initially, but the town will realize future cost savings on utility bills.

The building will contain offices, a mezzanine storage area and women's and men's bathrooms and showers. The architecture will incorporate natural breezes throughout the facility to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

The metal building is expected to serve the community well for many years, Straebel said.

Town Board members and Public Works Director Frank Fox agreed that the town has needed a new facility for many years. The current shop is on Lincoln and Walnut, in a residential area.

"With the big trucks and sand, all the noise and fumes, it's really not an appropriate place for this type of facility," Straebel said. "There are a lot of onerous impacts, and it's time we relocate."

Trustees and planners have not yet decided what to do with the old facility once the new one has been built, but assured Hayden residents that it is an important question that will come up in the near future.

The town has started accepting bids and expects to build the new shop for between $450,000 and $500,000.

At its last meeting, the Town Board decided to move as quickly as possible on construction, in hopes of having it up before the winter.

To reach Bonnie Nadzam call 871-4205 or e-mail bnadzam@amigo.net

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