Hayden welcomes new town officials

Longtime trustees leave their posts

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The Hayden Town Board welcomed a few fresh faces and said goodbye to two longtime public servants last week.

"We'll all miss Tim and Chencho," said Joe Schminkey, who moved two seats over during Thursday night's meeting to assume his role as mayor of Hayden. "I think we're on the same page, and I think we're going to have some good continuity."

Schminkey beat Richard "Festus" Hagins, 108-74, in the April 4 mayoral election.

Tim Frentress and Crecencio "Chencho" Salazar had to give up their seats on the board because of term limits. Frentress served on the board for 12 years, and Salazar was on the board for 20 years.

"It's been a good learning experience, and I've had real good people to work with," said Frentress, who was appointed to the Hayden Planning Commission during Thursday's meeting.

"It's time to get new people in and give them a chance to get things done in Hayden," Salazar said.

Chuck Grobe, who was term limited as mayor, was elected April 4 as a Town Board trustee. Also elected to the Town Board were Jim Haskins and Tom Rogalski. Rogalski, Haskins and Grobe received the most votes of the four candidates running for three open trustee seats. Hayden Planning Commissioner Andrea Hayden came in fourth and was not elected.

Haskins and Rogalski filled out W-2 forms after the Thursday's meeting so they can receive their monthly $83.11 in compensation for serving as trustees.

"I think it's an awesome time to be on the board," Rogalski said. "I think it's an opportunity to be part of the bigger picture."

In official business, the board granted a donation request and approved a Hayden Speedway lease agreement.

The board voted unanimously to give $1,000 dollars to a group of seven Hayden Middle School students who have been raising money to attend a conference in October in Washington, D.C.

Board members said it was a worthy cause and that it will encourage the local students who are trying to raise at least $15,000 to attend the People to People World Leadership Forum.

The board also unanimously voted to approve a yearlong lease that will allow the Western Colorado Racing Association to use the Hayden Speedway for racing events.

The board was pleased to hear that the organization has restructured and will require racers to sign a code of conduct. The WCRA also plans to make improvements to the speedway.

"We're a bunch of redneck racers, but at the same time, we think we can make something happen out there," WCRA president Phil Goodwin said.

-- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com.

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