Hayden Town Council lacks quorum

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— The Hayden Town Council was one council member shy of a quorum when three council members met for nearly two hours Thursday night. Despite their inability to vote on several agenda items, those who were present talked about business revitalization efforts and endorsed a proposed haul route for gravel trucks that are expected to eventually make as many as 30 trips a day through town.

Hayden Mayor Jim Haskins, council members Tom Rogalski and Dallas Robinson, and Town Manager David Torgler first heard from Hayden Economic Development Commission Secretary Tammie Delaney, who asked the council to endorse an application she is putting together for a business revitalization grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

“We need to get some revitalization going, and I think this is a good start,” Delaney said, adding that the grant could bring technical and marketing assistance, as well as tax planning, to businesses in Hayden’s historic downtown. “It’s a way to tie together a lot of the fragmented efforts we have under way to revitalize businesses.”

She added that the town also should consider pursuing funds for a mainstreet coordinator in Hayden that would manage a downtown business district similar to the way Mainstreet Steamboat Springs works with businesses along Lincoln Avenue.

The discussion came in the wake of recent business closures in Hayden, including the Hayden Artisans Marketplace and the temporary closure of the HiWay Bar. Delaney and the Economic Development Commission in November launched a new website and blog to promote businesses in Hayden.

Gravel pit

The three council members then discussed and endorsed a proposed hauling route that gravel trucks operated by Breeze Basin Resources are expected to use in order to reach U.S. Highway 40 from a gravel pit three miles west of Hayden.

The trucks, which could make as many as 30 trips per day, are routed to travel east on Routt County Road 65, which becomes Poplar Street in Hayden, and then turn east onto U.S. 40.

Representatives from Breeze Basin said Thursday that they would pay for “no parking” signs that council members agreed should be installed near the intersection of Poplar and C.R. 65 to keep cars off the shoulder and allow the trucks to safely make the turn.

Robinson questioned whether the council was allowed to endorse the proposal without a quorum. Torgler said he would draft a letter of agreement outlining the conditions for the hauling route that were discussed at Thursday’s meeting and then call the four council members who were absent to determine whether they had any objections to the plan.

Council members Bill Hayden, Lorraine Johnson, Richard “Festus” Hagins and Tim Redmond were absent from the meeting. Because the council did not have a quorum, they were unable to vote on agenda items that included a motion to increase the town attorney’s hourly rate, the appointment of council members to various commissions and boards, and a motion to purchase a new wrestling mat for a Parks and Recreation Department wrestling program.

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

Comments

Tammie Delaney 2 years, 11 months ago

Good discussion last night... Granby is taking a combined approach of Sirolli Enterprise Facilitation - good explanation at http://youtu.be/4v_GsU3kouw and more in-depth at http://www.sirolli.com/. Article on Granby's approach at http://www.skyhidailynews.com/article/20111116/NEWS/111119973 Basically - how do we as a community and region become pro-active on revitalizing our town? Retaining existing businesses and enabling new business is a good start.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 11 months ago

Well, one could allow have allowed a business to expand on a downtown lot, but instead decided to keep that lot vacant.

How has the proposed alternative uses by designers with no financial backing progressed?

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Tammie Delaney 2 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like you have a lot of time to invest in how to turn a community's downtown viability around Scott - would welcome viable solutions that would enable 10 businesses (which could initiate 10-50 jobs) to emerge & succeed in our downtown area - ideally those that the money stays within the community not to a corporate hq elsewhere. 'Nothing Daunted' is a great read on Hayden in 1916 when it was a far more thriving community than we have now. If you'd like to get involved beyond posting comments would always love you to come attend & share your wisdom at some of our Chamber, EDC or Town meetings - or - even better, just stop by for a cup of coffee.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 11 months ago

Well, I believe one step in economic development is allowing people willing to invest in a downtown area to invest in a downtown area. And in particular, that investment is helpful in a downtown area which has vacant lots, underutilized lots and residential houses that could be converted to commercial uses.

Sure, somebody can dream of a prettier use of a particular lot, but if no one is prepared to bring the money to the table to make it happen then the real world choice is between commercial use increasing economic activity or keeping the lot vacant.

There is a real world concern that real estate offices and such can be attracted to a highly successful retail district because they benefit from the foot traffic without contributing to the foot traffic. But that does not mean a highly successful retail district is CREATED by keeping buildings and lots vacant in the hope that the right type of retail will chose to move in.

It is a lot easier getting some number of businesses to open and create additional jobs if you start off by permitting businesses that wish to open the opportunity to open.

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Tammie Delaney 2 years, 11 months ago

How about a hotel? Take the same footprint that 'the other' option had proposed & instead have something where folks 'come and stay' and which generates additional income WITHIN the town for retail, restaurants, and events. From heritage tourism to Fairground events to accommodating the power plant; mine and emerging extractive industry lodging needs - Hayden could certainly use one. That is, by the way, a zoned use.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 11 months ago

Sure, hotel would be nice. Or light industrial would be nice if Apple moved 100 highly paid engineers from Cupertino. Or maybe convince JP Morgan to move 100 staffers to Hayden. All sorts of things would be nice. The question is whether there are investors seeing the profit potential to make it happen.

Maybe there are enough hotel rooms in the region with SB offering rooms at a competitive price with higher occupancy so there is not a viable business model for building a hotel in Hayden. Sure, it is possible to hire someone to produce a study saying a hotel is viable, but the hotel chains have experts that analyze markets and they know they would not make good money building and operating a hotel in Hayden.

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