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Hayden Town Board to reconsider disc golf course tonight

Members rejected proposal, 3-3, at June 2 meeting

Jack Weinstein

— The Hayden Town Council will consider whether to approve a memorandum of understanding with Routt County for the operation of a disc golf course at Dry Creek Park.

A vote to approve the agreement failed, 3-3, at the June 2 meeting, and the Town Council agreed to review it tonight with members of the local disc golf community present to hear council members' concerns. Hayden Mayor Jim Haskins and council members Bill Hayden and Dallas Robinson opposed the motion.

Disc golf holes were placed by a local disc golf group on county property near the Routt County Fairgrounds, but the holes were moved without permission, which necessitated the agreement with the county.

The town and county marked the course, but the holes were not placed where they were supposed to be. That was the sticking point for Haskins, Bill Hayden and Robinson.

The course is near a wetlands mitigation area on county property that will be closed to preserve the area. If people enter the wetlands to retrieve discs, the town or the county could shut down the course.

Haskins said Wednesday that he thinks the Town Council will support the course.

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"We don't have a problem with it," he said. "I guess what we're disappointed in, if it was built the way it should have been, we wouldn't need a" memorandum of understanding.

Fairgrounds Manager Jill Delay said the disc golf course has been open and there have not been any issues with people entering the wetlands, which are about 100 feet from the course. She said a hole was located 5 to 10 feet from the wetlands when it first was placed without the county's permission.

Town Manager David Torgler said he has spoken with members of the local disc golf community who are aware of city officials' concerns. He said some plan to attend the meeting to discuss the issues.

"The disc golf course and wetlands mitigation project, they both have great value," he said.

Delay said the memorandum of understand needs to be approved tonight because of liability issues. She said if it's delayed again, the course could be closed.

Also Thursday, the Town Council will consider:

■ Approving closure of Third Street in front of Hayden Town Park from 5 p.m. July 15 to 5 p.m. July 16 for Hayden Daze street events, closure of Jefferson Avenue from Third Street east to Pine Street between 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 16 for the Hayden Daze parade and a special event liquor license for the annual festivities.

■ Transferring the Colorado liquor license of Wolf Mountain Pizza from Stacy Magee to Charlie Epp and a temporary liquor permit from Hayden until the state approves the transfer. Epp said he hoped to reopen the restaurant Tuesday after remodeling.

■ Approving an extended agreement with the Upper Yampa River Conservancy District to store 300 acre-feet of water at the Yamcolo Reservoir. The 30-year agreement would raise the price per acre-foot to $68.38 from $27, the cost for the past 30 years. The increase was included in this year's budget. An acre-foot is the amount of water required to cover an acre of land to a depth of 1 foot. One acre-foot equals nearly 326,000 gallons.

■ A request for $6,000 for the Hayden Heritage Center to expand the museum. Torgler said a similar request was funded in 2010 but not budgeted this year.

"Our revenues are remaining flat," he said. "Not having it in the budget would mean the town would have to give up something else to find the money to give to them."

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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