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Hayden Town Council lacks quorum

— 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.

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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.

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