Hayden won't take part in housing plan

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— The message was clear at Thursday night's Town Board meeting: Hayden is not Steamboat's "little ghetto." The board agree unanimously that they do no want to participate in Steamboat's proposed multijurisdictional housing authority, wherein Steamboat tax dollars are used to build affordable housing in outlying communities.

"I don't think the town of Hayden is behind this," Trustee Chuck Grobe said. "And I am not in favor of this idea."

Trustee Lorraine Johnson agreed. "We will not be used to solve Steamboat's housing problem," she said. "Let's just read about it in the newspaper." The decision to step away from the project ended a months-long debate about what stand Hayden would take on the issue.

In other business, the board addressed a proposal to regulate building on the skyline within a three-mile radius of Hayden. The board voted not to make an official law but to provide guidelines and education to anyone planning to build in the area.

The board reviewed bids for a water plant improvement project. The lowest bid came from TCD Inc. at $1,565,648. The town of Hayden has set aside $1.5 million for the project. The board agreed to return to the next meeting with a list of items that can be cut from the project and sources of additional funding. It hopes to find a financial middle ground.

The discussion was interrupted with the loud buzzing of a plane dropping pesticide on the town to eliminate the mosquito problem. Quiet cheering came from the back of the room.

The board voted to approve the purchase of three new ramps from Skateparks International for around $7,000. The approval was partly contingent on the end of vandalism at the park. Police Chief Jody Lenahan assured the board that skaters had been showing more respect for the park in the past two months.

Little League will be allowed to begin a new fund-raiser this season. It will be selling advertisements on the back fence of the baseball diamonds at Hayden Elementary.

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