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Street dance stays on Walnut

Tamera Manzanares

The Colorado Days street dance will stay put on Walnut Street, at least this year.

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce, which will provide music and activities for the annual dance July 22, wanted to move the event to Third Street along Town Park.

The Chamber on Thursday requested the Hayden Town Board close off the street for the event and also approve a special-event permit to sell 3.2-beer in the park.

The idea was to hold the dance immediately after a bratwurst dinner in Town Park. The Chamber wanted to create a more family friendly event, with more room for parking and new activities, events coordinator Vicki Morgan explained.

The dinner would be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and a dance with a live band would follow until 10 p.m. — ending two hours earlier than in the past.

As required by law, the Chamber posted a large public notice about the plan and hearing in Town Park about a week ago.

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Town Board members, however, said all neighbors near Town Park should have been contacted directly.

“Personally, I’d like to get some input from them,” Mayor Chuck Grobe said.

“I’m just, again, a little bit frustrated … because we are going to take the brunt of it.”

Resident Don Johnson, who helps organize other activities during the two-day Colorado Days celebration, said it’s easy to control crowds in the one-half block area of South Walnut Street and that there never have been problems holding the dance at that location.

“I guess what I’m trying to say is, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said.

Board members, who generally liked the idea of moving both events to Town Park, agreed it would be better to pursue that next year, when Colorado Days likely will be the focus of activities celebrating Hayden’s centennial.

Meanwhile, with the dance two weeks away, the Town Board agreed to close Walnut Street for the event, from 7 to 10 p.m. The board also tentatively approved a special-event permit to sell 3.2-beer in Town Park for the dinner and later at the street dance.

In other business, the Town Board approved a motion supporting Phippsburg resident Dan Craig for appointment to the Yampa-White Basin Compact Committee. It is among committees created statewide to discuss water issues.

Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner also expressed interest in representing Routt County city water interests on the committee. Yampa and Oak Creek officials voted to support Craig, and Steamboat officials voted to appoint Brenner.

Most Hayden Town Board members were concerned that Brenner’s interest lies too close to Steamboat’s efforts to secure recreational water rights.

“I think with Dan Craig, we’ll get better county-wide representation,” trustee Lorraine Johnson said.

Trustee Ken Gibbon opposed the motion that arguing he thought Brenner had a good handle on Hayden water issues.

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