Hayden residents' trash bills won't change, but soon they will have the option to recycle at their curbs.
The Hayden Town Board on Thursday opted for a two-year contract beginning Nov. 1 with Waste Management of the Rockies, the town's trash service provider, which competed with Old West Sanitation of Craig for the town's business.
Under the new contract, residents will continue paying $15 a month for weekly trash pick up but also will have the option of curbside pick up of recyclables.
Both companies' bids provided several options regarding curbside and satellite-site recycling services. The recycling site at the Hayden Mercantile will stay open under the new contract -- a convenient option for residents who prefer not to recycle every week, resident Richard "Festus" Hagins said.
"If satellite recycling goes away, my recycling will go away," he told the board.
Under Waste Management's bid, trash service would have been $1 cheaper without the curbside recycling service.
Board members, however, said the extra dollar was worth further encouraging residents to recycle.
"As a community, recycling is a very proactive thing to do," trustee Richard Bush said.
A similar proposal by Old West Sanitation would have cost residents $17.65 a month, and residents not wanting curbside recycling would have paid $5 less.
Satisfaction with the current provider appeared to influence at least some trustees' decision to stay with Waste Management.
"I know they have always done an excellent job for the town," trustee Ken Gibbon said. "I think curbside coming in for the same amount of money is great."
Also Thursday, developer James Woods informed the board he is working on his last option for access to his proposed Dry Creek Park Subdivision, which would be built east of the Routt County Fairgrounds on 20 acres of land owned by Kevin and Ann Copeland.
The Hayden Planning Commission approved Woods' sketch plans Aug. 12 on the condition that he rework primary access to the subdivision before returning with preliminary plans.
During the Planning Commission meeting, Woods proposed sharing in the construction and costs of a planned Routt County road through Dry Creek Park, in exchange for using the road as the main access to the subdivision.
On Thursday, however, Routt County manager Thomas Sullivan told the Town Board the county prefers that the road,which is intended to provide access to the fairgrounds, only be an emergency entrance to the development.
Woods informed board members that he is in discussions with a private landowner about a possible easement off of Routt County Road 37 to the proposed development.
"It's our last option, and it's what we're looking at," he said.
The Town Board discussion took place during a required public hearing for Woods' request that the city annex the Copeland property. Board members determined the property is still eligible for annexation.
In other business:
n The board determined Anson Excavating will construct a trail through Dry Creek Park and build an irrigated multiuse athletic field. The company's bid was the lowest among bids also submitted by Precision Excavating Inc. and Connell Resources Inc.
n Board members decided town representatives will discuss with Peabody Coal Co. a possible road easement through the company's property east of The Haven. The move is in response to traffic concerns associated with the expected proposal for an industrial lot development east of the cemetery.
n The board appointed Karl Koehler to the Planning Commission. He will replace Tim Watt who left the position in May.
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