Hayden makes choice on garbage

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— Hayden Town Board member Richard Hagins was at home sick Thursday night when the phone rang.

The board was deadlocked at 2-2 over who should be awarded the waste management contract for the town. They needed Hagins to come in and break the tie.

Hagins was in the meeting long enough to take a seat, hear a recap of earlier discussion and vote in favor of Waste Management.

Waste Management won over a lower bid from Old West Sanitation, a start-up business that would have served only Hayden and Craig.

For the next 2 years, Waste Management will provide weekly curbside trash collection and a 24-hour satellite recycling drop-off site to Hayden residents for $15 a month. Seniors will be charged $12.

In other business, Kathy Hockin of Solandt Memorial Hospital approached the board about the possibility of putting a walking trail from the hospital to downtown.

"I pass wheelchairs, walkers, mothers with strollers all walking up the road to the hospital and I have almost hit people a couple times," Hockin said.

She hoped the town would consider partnering with her on an energy impact grant that would partially fund changes to the hospital parking lot, but also help build the switchback trail she proposed.

Police Chief Jody Lenahan agreed with Hockin that pedestrian traffic on the winding uphill road to the hospital was "a dangerous situation."

The trail would need to be slanted at a grade appropriate for wheelchair use, board members said.

Board member Chencho Salazar suggested the trail would also need a handrail.

Mayor Chuck Grobe agreed to walk the area with an engineer and address the issue at a future board meeting when he better understood the specifics of the landscape.

In other business:

The board appointed Tom Rogalski to the Hayden Planning Commission. Rogalski has lived in Hayden for 12 years and is self-employed in the construction business.

The board passed an ordinance that would strike a chapter from the town code detailing the Town Board of Health.

As no entity exists, the chapter was deleted.

The town snowblower, which was reported stolen last week, was found in a parking lot. Lenahan said the disappearance was probably part of a prank.

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