Hayden, county agree on YVRA arrangement

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— This past ski season Routt County and Hayden teamed up to solve the parking woes that were plaguing Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

During a joint meeting Thursday evening in Hayden between Routt County Commissioners and the Town Board of Trustees, both sides agree they should continue working with each other for next season.

"It worked out well for the airport," said Jim Parker, aviation director of the county-operated airport in Hayden. "Our tenants loved it."

This past January, the Hayden Police Department agreed to allow its code enforcement officer to work part time at the airport to enforce parking.

Ed Corriveau worked 20 hours a week as the town's code enforcement officer and about 16 hours a week at the airport directing traffic.

For the work at the airport, the county paid Corriveau $12 an hour. Corriveau, a certified peace officer, was used to direct traffic, arrange the towing of illegally parked vehicles and general maintenance of Colorado law at the airport.

Prior to Corriveau's presence, people ignored parking signs and parked as close to the terminal as possible, causing traffic flow problems.

Parker would like for the town to consider increasing Corriveau's hours out at the airport for the upcoming ski season.

"We would like for the town to consider adding more hours," Parker said. "We would like to have someone working on the weekends. If that is possible, we could budget accordingly."

Last ski season, Corriveau worked at the airport from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan supports continuing the mutual agreement, but if additional hours are needed more help may be necessary.

"I think we can work it out," Lenahan said. "But we may have to hire an additional person."

Parker would also like for the town to consider approving an ordinance that would allow Corriveau to have the power to issue parking tickets.

The additional hours and the ordinance are issues Hayden officials plan to discuss later this year.

"If it benefits the airport, it will benefit the town," said Hayden Trustee Tim Frentress in reference to the sales tax the airport generates for the town each year.

The parking at the airport was just one issue the two government bodies discussed during the meeting.

Also discussed were future plans for the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden and code enforcement and mosquito control in West Routt.

County officials also gave trustees updates on current county projects that include a master plan for the entire county and the new judicial facility that is being proposed in Steamboat Springs.

Town officials gave the county updates of projects of their own that include the town's new Public Works facility, improvements to the water-treatment plant, the Dry Creek trail system and the Sagewood Subdivision.

The meeting also gave County Manager Thomas Sullivan, who was hired in March, to formally meet with Hayden officials.

"It was very good," Frentress said of the meeting. "It was very informative."

County and town officials schedule at least two joint meetings a year. The meeting Thursday evening marked the first time the two boards met this year.

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