Board waits to pass ordinance

Hayden officials review water rate increase

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— Hayden residents can still bathe in the luxury of low water costs as the Accelerated Water Usage Ordinance will not be passed until the next town board meeting.

Upon reviewing the ordinance in its first reading Thursday night, the Hayden Town Board agreed it was well put together, and the board is expected to pass it March 20. Even after the ordinance is passed, residents will still have 30 days after its publication until it is in full effect.

In new business, the town board discussed the annexation of the Routt County Fairgrounds into town limits.

Most of the board members said they supported the annexation, except for Tim Frentress.

"I think it should stay Routt County's fairgrounds, because in the future, Routt County could move the fairgrounds somewhere else," Frentress said. "I've talked to some other people, and they feel the same way. Routt County would probably want us to maintain it, because it seems we are maintaining it more and more each year."

But a draft intergovernmental agreement was developed stating the county would be responsible for maintenance as well as law enforcement during county fair activities.

Trustee Festus Hagins reminded Frentress the town would not be taking ownership of the land but simply annexing it. Also, he said the county fair had been held there for so many years, and the county had invested so much money in the property, that the fair would definitely not move.

Trustee Lorraine Johnson proposed to get an agreement from the county that it will not be moving the fair, just in case.

In other action, Ed Corriveau of Hayden Animal Control made revisions to the animal ordinances of the town and proposed the board approve them.

Most of the revisions were to definitions within the ordinances.

Mayor Chuck Grobe thought some of the revisions were too specific and would cause problems in the future.

A problematic example would be the keeping of livestock within town limits. Corriveau said his research showed the definition of livestock to be what is commonly known as a farm animal, and livestock would be prohibited in town limits.

Hayden resident Garold Gilbert voiced his concern on this matter because his daughter raises chickens in the town limits, but his family doesn't consider them farm animals.

"We don't plan on slaughtering them," Gilbert said. "My daughter would probably slaughter me before I could come close to hurting those chickens."

Gilbert said his daughter keeps the chickens as pets, and he has seen many dogs make much more noise or trouble than the chickens.

The board decided the revisions needed amended and that Corriveau take the revisions to the town attorney before the trustees take any action on the matter.

In other action:

  • The purchase of a new Caterpillar Backhoe was approved for $77,880 with five-year financing at 4.9 percent.
  • The purchase of a new Caterpillar Skidster was approved for $29,940 with two-year financing at zero percent.
  • The purchase of a truck topper for the Animal Control vehicle was approved for $1,510 as the current truck topper did not meet current regulations.
  • Former Hayden Planning Commission member Chuck VeDepo was reappointed to the Planning Commission for a four-year term.
  • Alicia Tuck, a 12-year Hayden resident, was also appointed to the Planning Commission for a four-year term.
  • Sally Salazar of 349 W. Jefferson Ave. asked the board why a notice was placed near her metal garage stating she had to remove it. Grobe told her it is an issue with the building department, but the board would place her question on the agenda for the next meeting.

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