Track supporters go to board

Officials say public did not back facility

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— Members and supporters of he Hayden High School track team will appear before the Hayden Town Board tonight to seek a new track facility.

The group will explain to the board its desire to have a new track that meets the qualifications necessary to host home track meets and ask the Town Board to include such a track in its plans for a proposed multi-use sports facility at Dry Creek Park.

The current gravel track, which circles the Hayden High School football field, does not meet the required length, nor is it made of a proper solid material. The School District does not have the funds -- or the room on its property -- to build a regulation, multilane, 400-meter track.

The Hayden School Board previously pleaded its case for a new track to the Town Board at a joint meeting March 5. The district asked that a regulation track by included in the Dry Creek Park plans. But the Town Board said it insisted it had received substantial public input on the project, and a track was not desired. Furthermore, the Town Board did not want to stray from the Dry Creek Park plan, because it is part of the town's master plan.

At the School Board's most recent meeting, held April 16, Hayden track coach Kevin Kleckler and assistant coach Sally Brach-Morton reiterated the school's need for a new track and were told by School Board members to take their case to the Town Board.

Tonight, the coaches will do just that, and they are hoping a community cavalry shows up in support. Kleckler said he hopes to bring the entire track team and their parents to the Town Board meeting to support the cause.

The Town Board also will discuss several items that could bring dollars to business owners in Hayden.

The board will consider an agreement with Triple Crown Sports that Town Manager Rob Straebel says will "definitely benefit businesses in the community."

Triple Crown Sports is a national organization of club baseball, softball and soccer teams that is requesting the use of Hayden baseball fields on selected weekends during the summer. The dates would not interfere with any locally organized events, Straebel said.

In exchange for use of the fields, Triple Crown has offered $2,000 for field maintenance and improvements, $1,000 for equipment for local sports teams, and a 70 percent discount on entry fees for local teams wishing to participate in Triple Crown events.

Also, as old business, the board will review Pamm McFadden's request to host a community-wide garage sale on Walnut Street.

At the April 17 board meeting, several trustees asked McFadden if she could have the sale at another location, because Walnut Street is a busy street. McFadden told them she had, but wanted the sale to remain there because of its proximity to businesses.

She said the "flea market style" garage sale could bring in shoppers from outside Hayden that might not know what downtown has to offer in terms of shops and dining.

Overall, the board supported the proposal but will further review it tonight.

Also to be considered is the startup of the 900-acre subdivision, Sunburst Ranch.

The project is still in the early stages of what likely will be a lengthy planning and approval process.

Tonight, the Town Board will review a contract that will require the project's developer to pay for an impact study.

The study would be performed by urban planners Winston Associates.

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