Letters of interest have been submitted to the town of Hayden for seats on the Hayden Economic Development Commission, but conflicts of interest and membership rules may prevent some applicants from being appointed.
Aside from Hayden Chamber of Commerce members Don Johnson and Jack Giessinger, who helped with the re-initiation of the EDC as an arm of the Town Board, letters of interest have been received from former School Board member George Wixson, surveyor Gordon Dowling, restaurant owner Jerry Cina, Planning Commission members Andrea Hayden and Donna Hellyer, A-1 Auto owner Herman Venzke and First National Bank of the Rockies Manager Terry Jost.
The EDC was created at the last Town Board meeting to help strengthen existing businesses and encourage new ones.
There may be conflicts of interest with Planning Commission members being on the board, said Town Clerk Lisa Johnston. If a member of the EDC sought to establish a business, they could make exceptions for that business at the planning level.
Also, there may be an issue with a clause in the resolution creating the new EDC that states members must be residents of the town. Though they work and spend much of their time in Hayden, Venzke and Jost are not town residents.
The Town Board may look to change the clause and amend the resolution to expand eligibility, Johnston said.
Additionally, the board will review $43,490 of additional engineering fees from the water treatment plant upgrades. The town does not have to pay any of the cost because it was not stipulated in the $330,000 contract, Johnston said.
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