Hayden Hayden residents who ignore water restrictions will face heavy fines and even jail time.
"Some people in town are thumbing their noses at our restrictions," Mayor Chuck Grobe said Wednesday night. "We need the police to start ticketing those people."
The penalty for defying a Town Board instituted regulation is a $300 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
The announcement accompanied a change in the mandatory watering restrictions. Previously a watering schedule had been set, dividing the town by geographic area, but it was ineffective. In fact, the schedule has caused more problems than it has solved, said Frank Fox, director of Public Works.
"It's a mess," he said. "Last week, the pumps at Garden Meadows were sending out 500 gallons a minute."
The new restrictions are simple. Watering days are set according to address. Those with even -numbered addresses may water on even days; those with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd days.
The town is requiring that watering be done only from 5 to 10 a.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m. The city will send out a mass mailing to the residents of Hayden explaining the new restrictions.
In other business, Hayden joined the other towns in Routt County by instituting a ban on open burning and fireworks.
The Town Board discussed the possibility of maintaining a new water line extension that is being built at the airport. The new line has a one-year warranty.
The board agreed to revisit the matter in eight or nine months as the warranty comes to an end.
The meeting closed with an executive session, wherein board members discussed two bid submittals for the Water Treatment Plan Improvement Project. The bids were submitted by Precision Excavating and TCD. No official decision was to be made during the closed meeting.