Hayden seeks fairgrounds

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The Hayden Town Board agreed to proceed with the annexation of the Routt County Fairgrounds, after Mayor Chuck Grobe requested that a discussion be held as an agenda item to make sure the board wanted to do so.

To proceed with the annexation, a survey and annexation map of the fairgrounds has to be prepared. Earlier in the week, town staff spoke with surveyor Gordon Dowling, who said the survey would cost the town about $2,000, not including the cost of mailing and advertising for a public hearing.

Trustee Lorraine Johnson asked whether the county would be willing to contribute toward the cost of the survey. Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said the county would not see any financial benefit from the annexation so the county would not do so.

Several trustees noted, however, that the town of Hayden would benefit from the annexation, particularly with sales tax revenues from vendors and squaring up the municipal boundaries.

In other business:

n Town Clerk Lisa Johnston reported that the town received two grants from Great Outdoors Colorado: one for $90,000 for a soccer field at the planned multi-sport facility Dry Creek Park, and the other for $13,895 for a half pipe at the skateboard park. "Two grants are rarely awarded to one entity in a grant cycle, so we are really lucky to receive both funding requests," Johnston wrote.

n The Town Board approved the creation of the Hayden Economic Development Council as an official arm of the Town Board.

n A discussion was tabled on how to reimburse Civil Design Consultants for additional engineering fees for the water treatment plant improvement project because Grobe was absent.

n Public Works Director Frank Fox reported that two streetlights have been put up at the intersection of Poplar Street and Breeze Basin Boulevard.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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