Hayden has set its town-wide spring cleaning for May 3. Trash bins will be located at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

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Hayden has set its town-wide spring cleaning for May 3. Trash bins will be located at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Hayden plans spring sale

Dead cars will be towed for free as part of May 3 cleanup

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Tables at the garage sale are $15 each.

Registration forms for the sale will be available at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave., and at First National Bank of the Rockies, 252 W. Jefferson Ave. Those interested also can e-mail Sandy Messing at oldironranch@gmai... to get a form. Registration ends April 23.

Hayden residents who want to have dead cars removed must make an appointment with Gray Brothers Auto Service at 276-2145.

— Hayden has set its town-wide spring cleaning for May 3.

Trash bins will be available at Routt County Fairgrounds, and this year, residents also can cash in by selling their unwanted stuff. The Chamber of Commerce and the town will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 in the Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds. The cleanup will go until 4 p.m. About 30 tables will be available at $15 each, and space will be provided outside for larger items, Chamber President Eva Gibbon said.

The sale isn't just for people cleaning out attics.

"We're looking for vendors if they want to sell things, and groups that need fundraisers can possibly earn some good bucks if they have things organized," Gibbon said.

The sale isn't limited to Hayden residents, chamber member Sandy Messing said.

"We're hoping to make this an annual community event," Messing said. "It's for everybody and anybody. : It just happens to be based in Hayden."

The town holds a cleanup each year, but the sale is a new feature. Folks can get rid of items such as tree cuttings, lumber, steel and appliances at the fairgrounds, Messing said.

The Chamber will have a booth and will accept donations of sellable items. The funds from table rentals will go to the Chamber and Routt County Fairgrounds. Vendors must sign up by April 23.

The Routt County CattleWomen will sell lunch at the fairgrounds. The Chamber is organizing a bonfire and potluck dinner for cleanup volunteers that evening.

Also May 3, Gray Brothers Auto Service will tow away dead cars for free. That service will be available only in Hayden, Crystal Gray said. Owners must have paperwork proving the vehicles belong to them, she said.

Gray Brothers is asking those who want to have vehicles removed to make an appointment.

Hayden sidewalk news

A grant has been approved for one Hayden sidewalk, but plans for another walkway have stalled, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

The school district and town received $122,277 through the Colorado Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program. The money will go toward a sidewalk along Third Street between the high school and the elementary school, Martin said.

The town hopes to start that project in 2009, he said.

The sidewalk on the south side of U.S. Highway 40 between Third and Sixth streets is another story. The walkway was on track to cost B. East Construction $5,500 more than the $198,000 bid price because costs of materials have risen, contractor Billy East said.

The project uses some federal money, Martin said, and rules require the town to seek new bids. Hayden aims to start the rebidding process next week and get a bid by mid-May, he said.

"I'm a little disappointed, but what are you going to do?" East said.

He said he might bid again.

"We originally bid the project a year ago, and this is what happens when things don't get approved right away," East said. "We expected to do the project last year."

- To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234

or e-mail bterrell@steamboatpilot.com

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