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Marijuana up for discussion again in Hayden

— Marijuana, the use of alternative vehicles on town streets and the process of hiring a new chief police are items the Hayden Town Council is expected to discuss Thursday night.

Town staff members will deliver their staff reports beginning at 7 p.m., and the regular meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.

At their last meeting July 18, Town Council members discussed whether to allow the retail, manufacturing and cultivation of marijuana. After a vote to ban the activities failed 3-2, the Town Council decided to table the discussion and are hoping to hear input from members of the community.

Town Manager David Torgler is asking for guidance in how to handle the issue.

With the passage of Amendment 64 in November, municipalities in Colorado face a deadline to put in place their own rules regarding the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Municipalities also can choose to ban anything to do with the retail, manufacturing and cultivation of marijuana.

Before discussing marijuana, the Town Council will consider an ordinance that would amend the town’s code to allow alternative vehicles to operate on town streets. Those vehicles could include snowmobiles, golf carts, all-terrain and utility-type vehicles and would be allowed to operate from 6 a.m to 10:30 p.m.

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The council is expected to complete the first reading of the ordinance. A public hearing would be held during an Aug. 15 meeting.

Looking toward next year, the Town Council also will hear a proposal from Hayden resident Corey Hunter, who wants to reopen the Hayden Speedway in 2014. Races at the town-owned track stopped in 2010.

With the July 8 firing of Hayden Police Chief Gordon Booco for undisclosed reasons, the town is moving forward with hiring a new chief. Torgler is asking the council to consider hiring KRW Associates to help with the recruitment and selection process. Torgler wrote to the council members that the firm offered to do the work for a discounted rate estimated to be $6,800.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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