Hayden: This is your life

Town's grant money will be used for video documentary

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— Several members of the Hayden community soon will be part of a documentary film being made by the town of Hayden.

The video project, expected to cost about $5,000, is being funded by the Gates Family Foundation's $158,000 grant to the town for the "community visioning" process. The 30-minute movie will include interviews with "about 20 key players in the community," discussing how Hayden has changed over the years and how residents want the town to grow, Town Manager Rob Straebel said.

The Town Board will consider approving a contract for a producer at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at its regularly scheduled meeting.

The Gates Family Foundation recommended in its grant contract with the town that the town create a video to document what the people of Hayden want for the future of their community, so that their input can be implemented in the 2004 Hayden master plan, which will address growth issues, including the 900-acre Sunburst Ranch development.

Included in the video will be ranchers, business people and homeowners within Hayden.

"I think it will be a great project," Straebel said. "It will be used as a springboard for the revision of the master plan in 2004."

Hayden's master plan was last updated in 2000, and in 1978 before that. Straebel said with the number of proposed developments coming before the town, the master plan needs more revisions and updates. The Gates Family Foundation felt the same way, stipulating in its contract that the town should revise the master plan by 2004.

"It will be a lot of fun," Straebel said. "I'm looking forward to archiving some of the stories these West Routt people have to share in video format."

Straebel said the Gates Family Foundation wanted the video to be complete before the town approved a final plat for developments, but the town wanted to make sure the foundation's conditions didn't inhibit the growth of the town. "We think the proposals can run concurrently with the community visioning process," Straebel said.

The town of Hayden is also in the process of creating the budget for the next fiscal year. Straebel said there are several possible projects the town can begin work on next year, but because without "an infinite amount of money," the town can proceed only with a limited number of projects.

The Town Board will choose Thursday which projects are of most importance.

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