Hayden to explore water fixes

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Hayden officials are working to solve several of the town's water problems.

An underground water line has been installed to replace a temporary line that fed Wolf Mountain Pizza. Three neighboring downtown businesses remain without water.

Those businesses have been without water since June, when a water pipe broke underneath a building at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Chestnut Street. The broken pipe was a service line, meaning it was not the town wasn't responsible for fixing it. Rather, it's up to the affected property owners to find a way to tap into the town's water mains.

The town has tried to help the property owners find a solution, and officials have said the easiest fix would be to bury a new line behind the buildings. But that new line would have to be on land owned by Lauren Dobell, who insisted on being compensated for use of her property because she was worried the water line would hinder future uses of the land. The affected property owners do not want to pay the $35,000 to compensate Dobell.

Dobell recently installed a service line using her neighboring property. That line now provides water to Wolf Mountain Pizza. But the owners of the other nearby buildings still lack access to the town's water mains. They are considering installing, at their own expense, a line underneath U.S. Highway 40. The pipe would then go underneath the sidewalk and into the buildings. Such a project would require approval from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

"We're getting a package together to get to CDOT : and hoping to get approval by the end of next week," Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said.

If CDOT doesn't allow the water line to be installed, the Hayden Town Board has instructed Martin to proceed with condemnation procedures to access the buildings through Dobell's property.

The other water problem the town is trying to address is at the water plant, where a damaged pipe has limited the amount of water that can be drawn from the Yampa River. The town has been renting a pump at a cost of $300 a day since the beginning of September, when the break occurred. The pump also uses about $300 a week in gas.

Three contractors have submitted proposals to the town for the water intake repair project, which will require hiring a subcontractor to build a temporary dam around the work area.

MJ Miller, Precision Excavating, and Duckles Construction have submitted proposals. The Town Board will choose a company during its Thursday board meeting.

Martin said repairs could begin next week.

"We think we have everything ready to go," he said.

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