Town Board approves review committee

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Narrowing the list of candidates for Hayden's open town manager position is in the hands of six Hayden residents.

Realtor Jack Giessinger, Board of Adjustments member Bill Hayden, librarian Jacquie Boyd and resident Jim Haskins were elected by the Town Board on Thursday night to be the residential representatives for a town manager application review committee to pore over resumes and narrow the number to about five.

Donna Hellyer also was elected to this committee as the Planning Commission representative, and Frank Fox was elected as the town staff representative. Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan volunteered to represent the town if Fox could not attend a meeting. Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison also was mentioned as a possible committee member if help was needed.

Town Clerk Lisa Johnston reported that the town had received 20 applications by Thursday, and Mayor Chuck Grobe said the review committee probably would meet the first week in December to begin looking through the applications.

In other business:

n Noreen Moore, business resource director of the Steamboat Springs Chamber and Resort Association, presented a concept called "economic gardening," a term for developing and helping businesses grow. She said the Steamboat Chamber's Economic Development Counsel could help small businesses grow and find services the businesses need at no charge. "We need to help small businesses who don't have the time or money to really find out what they need to succeed," Moore said. Hayden Chamber of Commerce members Giessinger and Don Johnson said they would work with Moore to devise a plan to help Hayden businesses and would present their plan to the Town Board.

n Hayden Recreation Board member Richard Bush proposed building and maintaining a cross country ski trail at the proposed site for Dry Creek Park, south of the Routt County Fairgrounds. The Town Board supported the idea as long as it would not cause problems with neighbors in that area. Bush said the trail would be at least 200 yards from the nearest house. Bush said the only problem with building this trail would be getting insurance, but the Town Board agreed that he could be hired by the town as a volunteer and could be covered by town insurance. To do this, though, Bush would need an official approval of a resolution. It will be on the next agenda.

n Tina Frentress presented to the Town Board the progress of a community service group called Totally Kids. She said Totally Kids provides Hayden children with more than eight programs, including after-school art, T-ball, soccer, football, swimming and dancing programs.

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