Martin briefs commissioners

Hayden town manager updates panel about various projects

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What: Hayden Town Board of Trustees meeting

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

Call: 970-276-3741 for more information

— Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin briefed the Routt County Board of Commissioners this week about a broad spectrum of goings-on in Hayden.

Martin spoke to commissioners for about an hour Tuesday, addressing Dry Creek Park, the new police station, sidewalk projects and more. Hayden also has a Town Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for tonight. Trustees will hear the 2008 audit presentation.

Commissioners Diane Mitsch Bush and Doug Monger were present Tuesday, and Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak participated in the discussion by telephone.

Dry Creek Park

Martin received the panel's approval to seek an easement to connect the new Dry Creek Park building with a sewer line on property that Hayden and Routt County own. The building could be ready in May. It will contain restrooms, parks and recreation offices and a concession area.

"It'll look good," Martin told commissioners. "We spent more money than Hayden's probably ever spent on architecture, but this was an important architectural feature."

One of the park's three ball fields is ready. The town is working on a deal with Steamboat Springs. If it goes through, Steamboat will help pay for the other two fields if they can be used for Triple Crown Sports tournaments part time.

Police station

The interior of Hayden's police station probably will be finished by the end of the month, Martin said. The site work - exterior elements such as the parking lot - probably won't be finished until June because of soggy weather, he said.

The Hayden Police Department also is moving forward with a new records management system.

"With the (federal) recovery act, there could be the opportunity to find funding for those systems," County Manager Tom Sullivan noted. Martin said the town had budgeted for its new system.

Hayden has ordered a streetlight to illuminate the intersection at U.S. Highway 40 and Hawthorne Street, Martin said. The new station is on Hawthorne.

Sidewalks

The town still plans to add three sidewalks discussed last year, Martin said. Hayden received a grant for a sidewalk on Third Street from Hayden High School to Hayden Valley Elementary School. Sidewalks also are planned between Third and Sixth streets on Jefferson Avenue and on Poplar Street.

The town combined the projects and will seek one bid for the package. Martin said he expects them to cost nearly $500,000 together, and the town must match 20 percent of the funding for the Jefferson and Poplar sidewalks. Martin is awaiting a green light from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

"It's frustrating for us because we're trying to get it bid by May to start work in June," Martin told commissioners.

Tonight's meeting

Much of the agenda is straightforward for the Town Board, Martin said. The trustees will be asked to approve road closures for the Hayden Cog Run and Hayden Daze. The run is scheduled for June 13, and Hayden Daze is scheduled for July 17 to 19.

Board members also are scheduled to hear the 2008 audit presentation. Martin said the town was in a good financial situation for the year.

"It gets more difficult every year of the audit because as we get bigger, the more we do, the more difficult the audit is," Martin said. "We have to keep track of assets more than we have in the past, some of these things, in a little more detail."

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