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Hayden police station granted funds

Melinda Dudley

— The Hayden Police Department was granted more than half the money it needs to build a new station.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs announced Monday that it awarded Hayden a grant of $800,000 to build a new police station. That’s about $300,000 more than the typical maximum amount for an Energy Impact grant, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said.

The grant is expected to cover more than half the estimated $1.5 million cost of the replacement station, which is tentatively slated for construction near The Haven Assisted Living Center on Shelton Lane. Town officials hope construction can begin in the spring, but the building’s cost and location still must be finalized.

The town has yet to develop a full financial package for the replacement station. The project was left out of Hayden’s draft budget for 2008, along with other projects that are relying on contributions from outside funding sources.

The budget currently is under consideration by the Town Board of Trustees and is still subject to change – as are the plans the city has drawn up for the police station.

“We’ve got to figure out what we can afford, but we also have got to figure out what we can build and how much it’s going to cost,” Town Manager Russ Martin said.

The town aims to have construction begin in spring 2008, Birch said. He hopes to begin a competitive bidding process for the construction as soon as possible.

The town is still in negotiations with Peabody Energy regarding the station’s site – a process Martin said is going well, but taking more time than expected.

The Hayden Police Department’s seven officers currently share less than 200 square feet of space in Town Hall. Officers share desks and computers, and the department lacks an interview room, a place to process evidence, and adequate meeting and storage space.

Martin did not shy away from saying the Hayden Police Department’s current space is “unacceptable.”

For a case earlier this year, Birch recalled his officers processing sensitive evidence in the town council room – in plain view of the public, simply because they had no other space to do it.

“You watch our officers work, and (they) do so much with almost nothing,” Birch said.

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