Chamber gives up events

Hayden Town Board agrees group should re-evaluate itself

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The Hayden Town Board agreed with the Hayden Chamber Association on Thursday night that the Chamber should take some time to re-evaluate itself.

"If we could take a year and not control a lot of the events that the Chamber usually does, that would give us a chance to refocus," said Jill Altman, the Chamber's secretary.

Altman also told the board that the few people volunteering to organize the events the Chamber typically sponsors are "burnt out."

"We've been having a hard time," Altman said. "We're spending too much time deciding how many bratwursts to get and how to get them."

Staff recommended and the board unanimously agreed that events typically organized by the Chamber should be divided up between other groups such as the Economic Development Commission and the Parks and Recreation Board.

The Chamber traditionally has helped organize the Hayden Clean-up, Hayden Appreciation Barbecue and Colorado days.

"The Chamber is supposed to get businesses together and promote the businesses. And they haven't been doing that," Hayden Mayor Charles Grobe said. "I think it's a good idea to get them off to a fresh start."

The Chamber's president, Lana McFadden, has described the past few years as a roller coaster.

"We need to get a stronger Chamber base to do all these things and focus on recruiting," Mc----Fadden said. "We can't do that unless we are a healthy Chamber."

The Town Board also unanimously voted to appoint Amy Williams to the Hayden Planning Com--mission. She will replace Alicia Tuck. Williams will serve the rest of Tuck's term, which expires in March 2007.

"What I've seen out of the town and the Planning Commission has been great," Williams said. While I'm not sure how much growth is going to hit Hayden, I think there has been a lot more interest than there has been in a long time."

Williams is going into her four------teenth year as the Routt County Assessor, and she said she is not going to run for re-election.

"I've been assessor for a long time, and I thought I could apply some of my knowledge and learn along the way," she said.

Trustee Ken Gibbon said Wil--liams is well-known in the community and has been involved.

"When she commits to something, she stays committed and does a good job," Gibbon said.


-- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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