Steamboat briefs: County participates in National Night Out

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— Routt County law enforcement and the Routt County Communications Department are participating today in National Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street. Residents will have an opportunity to meet Routt County dispatchers, law enforcement officers, paramedics and firefighters. The event is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and generate support for anti-crime efforts.

Manager: Hayden water loss 27 percent for July

The town of Hayden's water loss was 27 percent for July, Town Manager Russ Martin said Thursday. The loss occurs when the town produces more water than people appear to be using.

The town has struggled to figure out what's causing the losses and whether they're real. Martin has suggested that it's a problem of inaccurate measurements of the water leaving the plant. July is a heavy usage month, Martin told the Hayden Town Council.

"We produced about 15 million gallons last month," he said. "The month before that, we produced seven (million), and last year at this month we produced 20 (million)."

Hayden is working with Mountain Valley Bank on ways to cover the costs of the enterprise fund, which includes water and sewer income and costs. The town expects a $450,000 shortfall in the fund, Martin said. The town also might consider increasing its base water rates, he said.

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