Hayden may cut off lawn watering

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— Hayden is the only town in Routt County with mandatory watering restrictions, and at Thursday night's Town Board meeting, trustees announced water use had, in fact, gone down.

But as the drought continues, the town of Hayden is concerned the steps they have taken still may not be enough.

"We would like to have tougher restrictions, but we can't figure out how to do it," Town Clerk Lisa Johnston said.

Mayor Chuck Grobe suggested that if the town doesn't see moisture soon, the board may discuss cutting off all grass watering.

"Grass is nice, but it will grow back," he said.

The board also discussed the metering of water within city limits. Town Manager Rob Straebel said there are several broken meters in town and those people are paying a $9 flat fee.

"We may be losing a lot of revenue and those people do not have the same motivation to conserve water," Straebel said.

In other business, Straebel announced proposals for three possible new developments in Hayden. The first was a small residential development of single-family homes and the second was a proposal to annex 900 acres outside of Hayden.

"This proposal would drastically change the makeup of our community and triple the size of Hayden," Straebel said.

The last proposal came from Paul Flood, who wants to build 15 to 20 multifamily dwellings. Straebel expected to see all three proposals at September's Planning Commission meeting.

With developers making plans for Hayden's growth, Straebel announced it might be time for Hayden to consider codifying its stance on who will pay for the administrative process.

Straebel said the town spent $7,000 on engineering and legal fees for the Yampa View Estates subdivision. Straebel suggested developers should be paying those fees in the future.

Straebel also announced a call for bids. The contract for Hayden's trash and recycling is up for renewal in November. Hayden has been using Waste Management.

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