Board decides to keep 4S money

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— The Hayden Town Board decided Thursday not to release $61,490 provided by 4S Development for use in the impact study of the proposed 900-acre Sunburst Ranch development.

After an original agreement between the town and the developers called for the money to be used to fund that study, the Gates Family Foundation provided a $158,000 grant for the impact study, saying that money from an outside source would be less susceptible to conflicts of interest. The grant meant that the 4S money would not be needed.

But, the Town Board and the Gates Family Foundation recently agreed on new terms that the impact study could be funded by the developers objectively, as originally agreed upon, without being biased, Town Manager Rob Straebel said.

Representatives of 4S Development could not be reached for comment.

With the town using 4S Developmen's funds for the impact study, more of the $158,000 can be used for other projects in town planning, Straebel said. Specific projects have not been specified.

In other business:

n The Hayden Town Board submitted two ideas to a consultant from the Colorado Department of Transportation who input for the 2030 Statewide Transportation Plan. The board's first idea -- an "enhancement project," as Straebel called it -- is to expand sidewalks along Jefferson Avenue to 6 feet wide. The second request is to install some sort of safety measure for pedestrians at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Sixth Street. The idea of a tunnel was said to be cost prohibitive, so electronic signals were proposed, instead.

n The Town Board approved a $283,000 Energy Impact Assistance grant to improve and extend town water mains. The bid cannot officially be awarded to Miller Excavation for the waterline work until Department of Local Affairs paperwork is complete. Straebel said a special meeting would be held Monday or Tuesday to award the bid.

n The Town Board could not decide whether waterlines should be extended to county residents 200 feet from town water mains. A 2-2 vote, with one trustee abstaining, left the board wondering what to do next. The board decided to drop the item from the agenda until someone asks to put it back on the agenda.

n The Town Board agreed to name the alleys in Park Trailer Park "Park Alley" and "Jackson Alley."

The names should help emergency vehicles locate homes in the area. The board will review the alley naming for the second time at its next meeting, Sept. 17.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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