Board to consider request for funds

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— The Hayden Centennial Committee is scheduling dances, parties, picnics, carnivals and other activities to celebrate the town's big birthday next year.

Committee members also are looking for ways to pay for those events.

Aiming for an overall sponsorship goal of $30,000 to $35,000, committee members have been presenting their plans to corporations and businesses in Routt and Moffat counties.

On Thursday, committee Chairwoman Lorraine Johnson will make her pitch to whom she hopes will be among the biggest sponsors: The Hayden Town Board.

Five larger businesses have gotten on board with sponsorship amounts of $500 or more. The committee soon will begin making presentations to smaller businesses.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing -- in another 100 years, we'll all be dead," Johnson said. "In that respect, the response has been excellent."

Hayden was incorporated as a town March 9, 1906, but committee members have decided that such a big milestone deserves a year's worth of celebrating.

The committee, made up of representatives from throughout the town, has tentatively planned a dance the weekend before the town's official birthday and a big party March 9.

Activities throughout the year will include historical talks and tours, a plaque dedication for the town, events honoring past board trustees and mayors, and a carnival with games and prizes.

Most events will happen during Colorado Days celebrations in July, Johnson said.

Depending on their donation amounts, sponsors will have their names attached to posters, fliers, newspaper and radio announcements, banners and other advertising.

Johnson, who also is a board trustee, has not requested a specific amount from the town.

Because of the nature of the donation request, the Town Board's contribution will not come from money set aside in the budget for donations, she said.

Also Thursday, the Town Board will hear a report from Hayden Middle School sixth-graders who recently surveyed the variety and health of trees downtown.

The students documented tree locations and other information as part of the town's effort to become a Tree City U.S.A. through the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Designation requires that the town have a tree ordinance and establish a tree board responsible for maintaining trees in public areas.

The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Hayden Town Hall.

To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com.

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