Hayden close to plant agreement


— After weeks of struggle to fit water-treatment plant improvements within a $1.5 million budget, the town of Hayden has finally been successful.

At Thursday night's meeting, Town Manager Rob Straebel reported the project cost to be $1.685 million, including engineering costs. With the help of a $200,000 Energy Impact Loan, Hayden is very close to awarding a contract to TCD Inc., Straebel said.

Minor paperwork difficulties kept the Town Board from accepting the loan Thursday night, but Straebel and Mayor Chuck Grobe were confident the end of the process was days away.

Overall, the meeting lasted less than an hour as there were few decisions to make.

A short presentation was made by Jean Wray, an engineer from Montgomery Watson Harza concerning the Yampa Basin Watershed Plan. She presented the findings of water-quality research done throughout the Yampa River Basin.

The results were used in the creation of several policies and procedures concerning water use.

Trustee Jim Frentress raised concerns about the effect of the plan on area ranchers. Wray assured him ranching interests were involved in the study and that the plan was not a set of regulations, rather an educational tool.

Copies of the plan and appendices are available at area public libraries, Wray said.

In other business, Straebel asked the board to consider an increase in subdivision development fees. He cited the recent approval process of Yampa View Estates. The developer paid the usual $280 application fee, but Hayden ended up spending $9,000 in legal, engineering and other expenses, he said.

"I predict that we will experience a lot of growth in the next year," Straebel said, "and we should be managing and recouping the costs of that growth."

He proposed a subdivision fee agreement in which developers would be liable for all costs incurred during the review process.

"I would like to see developers pay their way," Trustee Ken Gibbons said.

Straebel agreed to put together a possible fee ordinance for consideration by the board.

Changes were made to the Routt County Fair Parade permit. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and the roads will be blocked from 9 a.m. until the road is clear of the parade.

Straebel asked the board to review the specifics of annexation before Sept. 5, when requests for annexation, including a parcel of 900 acres, will be presented.

"You need to decide whether this is timely or appropriate for the town of Hayden," he said.


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