Hayden Town Council to seek reimbursement from Routt County

Town Council says county should fund airport improvement costs

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— The Hayden Town Council on Thursday night agreed to ask Routt County to reimburse the town for some or all of the costs it incurred from upgrades to Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s water system.

Town Manager David Torgler said Hayden’s engineering company, Schmueser Gordon Meyer, billed the town $9,223 for an expansion review, water zone improvements and water hydrant flushing and testing at YVRA.

Torgler and the council agreed some or all of those costs should be paid by the county.

“I feel we should be appr­­oaching the county and negotiating a fair splitting of this bill,” Torgler said. “If this ends up a 50-50 split, that might be reasonable.”

YVRA is in the final months of a terminal expansion that will add a new baggage carousel, restaurant and offices to the airport in Hayden. Crews upgraded the airport’s water system to accommodate that expansion.

Council member Dallas Robinson said the county should split the bill or pay it in full because of the amount of time the town staff spent ensuring the airport upgrades would be compatible with Hayden’s existing water system.

He also said under Hayden’s water codes, YVRA planners should have been required to seek a permit from the town before water improvements began.

“It’s very clear in our city’s water service code that if at any time a person or developer proposes to extend their water service, they need to obtain a permit from the town clerk,” Robinson said.

Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said Wednesday that if the Town Council agreed to seek reimbursement for the engineering costs, he would bring the request to the Routt County Board of Commissioners for consideration.

Hayden Mayor Jim Haskins and council member Tim Redmond did not attend Thursday’s meeting.

In other action, the Town Council

■ Voted unanimously to rezone 174 acres of grassland in Hayden owned by Albert Deepe to allow cattle grazing. Under the approved ordinance, Deepe must fence in the land he will use for cattle grazing within town limits and employ “reasonable agricultural practices.” No one spoke at a public hearing before the ordinance was approved on second reading.

■ Approved unanimously the first reading of an ordinance that would renew Hayden’s franchise agreement with Atmos Energy.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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