Public Works holds open house

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— Hayden's $500,000 Public Works facility will be unveiled tonight during an open house.

Hayden officials will host Routt County commissioners and others as they unveil the new facility, which is located next to the town's sewer-treatment plant on 12th Street.

The open house is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

"We are pretty excited about moving into the new building," said Frank Fox, who has been the public works director for the past six years.

"It is going to be a nice place to work and that also helps morale out."

Construction of the 600,000-square-foot metal building started last fall and was completed by Triple J Construction about a month behind schedule, Town Manager Rob Straebel said.

The construction was delayed because of inclement weather, he said.

"Construction started late last fall," Straebel said. "Snow delayed some of the work."

Funding used to build the tan building came from a $250,000 Energy Impact Grant.

The town used its own funding to pay off the balance.

"Up to this point, the project is right on budget," Straebel said. "The final product is one we can be proud of.

Earlier this week, Fox and his staff of six employees started to make their move to the new building from the old one.

"We pretty much have moved our offices," Fox said. "We will start to move equipment in after the grand opening."

The new building features seven bays, four garage doors, two offices, a conference/lunchroom and restrooms.

"The old building is too small and dirty," Fox said. "It was first used as a firehouse. We did not have room to work on our equipment indoors.

"We had to work outside in the mud or in the snow."

The new building has three times the workspace when compared to the existing building.

The town does not have any plans for the old building, Straebel said.

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