Hayden OKs 16-acre annexation

Additional land along U.S. 40 will house Precision Excavating


— Hayden trustees approved the annexation and zoning of land for Precision Excavating at their meeting Thursday night.

The agreement will add nearly 16 acres west of town along U.S. Highway 40. Precision Excavating owner Dave Zehner sought the annexation because he wanted to expand his growing business, which is currently downtown and keep it in Hayden.

Board members unanimously approved the annexation and zoning.

"This is just the kind of economic development thing we've been looking for," Trustee Tom Rogalski said.

The town and Zehner might still renegotiate the reimbursement agreement, Town Manager Russ Martin said. Zehner is set to be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of the costs of adding sewer lines, water lines and other infrastructure, officials said. Board members and Zehner's representative questioned whether that figure was fair because businesses that come to the annexed land might tap into the infrastructure.

Trustees said they expected that to occur.

"I know it's trite, but if you build it, they will come," Trustee Trace Musgrave said. "I think this is going to be a good thing."

Martin said Zehner's annexation plan jibes with Hayden's vision for its future.

"It fits our comprehensive plan, and that's the most important thing," he said.

Also at Thursday's meeting, three trustees and a new mayor took their positions.

Board veteran Lorraine Johnson is the new mayor. Musgrave, who joined the board in January to fill a vacancy, took a permanent slot. Richard "Festus" Hagins and Bill Hayden also assumed trustee seats. Chuck Grobe will keep his spot as mayor pro tem.

Johnson replaced Ken Gibbon, and Trustee Richard Bush left the board. Martin presented both with plaques for their service.

Trustees laughed as Martin pulled out Gibbon's plaque, which was larger than Bush's and featured a gavel "because 14 years should not go lightly recognized," Martin said.

"It's been a privilege to work for the town," Gibbon said.


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