Hayden Town Council to create search committee

Community to help select town manager

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Residents interested in participating in a committee to review and narrow down candidates for town manager can drop letters at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave., or fax them to 276-3644.

— Hayden will accept letters of intent from residents interested in reviewing and helping narrow down the applicants to replace former Town Manager Russ Martin, the Hayden Town Council announced Thursday night.

Mayor Lorraine Johnson said those interested in participating should draft a short letter stating why they want to be part of the committee. Letters are due by Aug. 13 and can be dropped off at Town Hall or faxed to 276-3644.

Johnson said the Town Council would select seven or eight residents for the committee at the Aug. 19 meeting.

“We’ve got six to seven who are very interested right now and have been waiting for us to announce this,” Johnson said.

Members of the committee will review applicants and narrow the list to 10, which will be submitted to the Town Council. Johnson said 18 or 19 people have applied for the job.

Hayden is accepting applications until Aug. 23. Committee members then would have four days to whittle down the candidates to 10. By Sept. 2, the Town Council is scheduled to further narrow the list to three to five candidates for interviews, which are scheduled for Sept. 17.

The Town Council would like to announce the new town manager Sept. 23 with an anticipated start date of Nov. 1.

Until then, Johnson will serve in an interim-like town manager capacity for Hayden. Martin’s last day with Hayden was July 30 after more than six years with the town. He took the town manager position in Camp Verde, Ariz.

In other action

■ Town Council members unanimously approved a 20 percent waiver of the building permit fees for the Solandt Memorial Hospital, totaling $477.63. Museum Board of Trustees President Kathy Hockin said the funds would be dedicated to grant matches for the project.

The nearly $573,000 project to restore the building’s exterior and regrade to address drainage issues started this week.

■ Town Council members tabled until Aug. 19 a $53,500 bid from Coatings Inc., of Arvada, to resurface the tennis courts at Hayden Town Park. The project has a $60,000 budget, and $45,000 of that is funded through a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

Board member Jim Haskins said he wanted a couple of weeks to talk to people about the surface. And Hayden Parks and Recreation Director Kathy Hockett, who couldn’t attend the meeting, has indicated her desire to ask if the grant could be amended so a portion could be used for fencing.

■ Town Clerk Susan Irvine reminded the five council members whose seats are up for election in November that petition circulation began Tuesday and ends Aug. 23. Only Town Council member Chuck Grobe had picked up a petition, and he plans to run for mayor.

■ Johnson and council members Haskins, Tim Redmond and Tom Rogalski all said Thursday that they would seek re-election. Johnson said she hasn’t decided whether she’ll run for mayor or a council seat.

Johnson said Hayden would spray for mosquitoes next week in preparation for the Routt County Fair. She said a date and time hadn’t been determined.

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