Hayden could annex 185 acres

Town Board to discuss expansion, Triple Crown, trustee appointment

If you go

What: Hayden Town Board meeting

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

Key agenda items:

- Hayden Regional Commerce Park annexation and zoning

- Liquor license for Hot Dog'n Paradise

- Hayden Speedway lease award

- Agreement to share Dry Creek Park fields for Triple Crown

- Trustee appointment

— Hayden trustees might decide to add 185 acres to town, Triple Crown teams to Dry Creek Park and a new trustee to their board.

Town Clerk Susan Irvine said she expected the packed agenda to mean a long meeting today. The Town Board of Trustees is scheduled to decide on annexation and zoning for the proposed Hayden Regional Commerce Park. It also will consider a memorandum of understanding with Steamboat Springs regarding the park fields, as well as a replacement for former Trustee Trace Musgrave.

In September, the board decided the Hayden Regional Commerce Park was eligible for annexation. The park would sit on about 185 acres adjoining Yampa Valley Regional Airport to the north. Stefanus and Louis Nijsten are partnering with Bob Zibell on the commerce park, and the group is developing the Creek View project.

The project would consist of three phases, starting with light industrial and auto-oriented commercial development. The town asked developers to study traffic, water, wastewater and utility issues.

"We have performed the studies that were asked of us, and hopefully, the Town Board will decide that we've given them what they need to make a good decision," Stefanus Nijsten said.

In the long term, the acres could house a hotel and retail, Nijsten said in September.

"I think over the past few months or so, with the economic changes, I think people realize there's even more of a reason to diversify the economy," he said.

Some of that diversity could come from Triple Crown teams and families.

If the memorandum with Steamboat is approved, Steamboat will pay to finish two fields in Dry Creek Park. Triple Crown teams would be allowed to use them at specified dates and times.

Trustees also are scheduled to appoint a trustee to replace Musgrave, who moved for job reasons. It's unclear how long the replacement will serve, Irvine said. That's partly because the election could move from April to November next year if Hayden switches to home-rule status.

No one submitted a letter of interest, Irvine said. Two men, Joe Kenady and Tim Redmond, inquired about the position, and someone could be appointed tonight, she said. If no one is appointed, the town must have a special election, which would cost about $1,500.

Supplementary budget resolutions, a liquor license request for the Hot Dog'n Paradise snack bar at YVRA and the Hayden Speedway lease also are on tonight's agenda.

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