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Police station funding deal draws near

Blythe Terrell

Hayden is close to a financing agreement for its planned police station, Town Manager Russ Martin said Thursday.

The town is seeking a new funding partner for the building, which is expected to cost about $2.3 million. It had been working on a lease-purchase agreement with Mountain Valley Bank, but that fell through a couple of weeks ago.

Martin said the town is in discussions with a couple of local banks. No agreement had been reached as of 6 p.m. Thursday, but a decision could come today.

The town also received approval this week for $200,000 more in grant money from the state Department of Local Affairs. Hayden must match that with $100,000 more, which would put DOLA funding at $1 million and town funding at $1.3 million.

“It was a supplemental request, and it was granted, obviously with the caveat that we do add $100,000 to what the town was going to anticipate the funding was going to be,” Martin said.

Crews have been moving dirt at the site on the eastern end of town. The station will sit on a new road, Hawthorne Street, which is an extension of Routt County Road 37 near the Haven Assisted Living Center.

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Also this week, the Town Board met in its first of two budget workshops. The board discussed police and administrative funding, and the talks went smoothly, Martin said. They involved more explanation than argument, he said.

Mayor Lorraine Johnson said she was satisfied with the budget that Martin and Finance Director Lisa Dowling put together.

“I think they’re being very conservative in that aspect, but not overly,” she said.

Town trustees made only one small change: adding back $500 for ammunition for Hayden police, Martin said. No big deal, Johnson said, but town officials wanted the officers to have that money.

“It’s practice ammunition, and the state requires a certain amount” of training, she said. “And I think that’s important, for them to meet state requirements : and there’s no sense in cutting back on that kind of stuff. And we have it, you know, it’s not like we have to flat-line everything.”

The board will discuss the next section of the budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hayden Town Hall.

“A lot of the budget is left to be had because you have water, sewer – the enterprise fund stuff – and streets and parks and rec,” Martin said.