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Hayden police station on schedule

Furniture installation scheduled for next week

Blythe Terrell
Worker Manuel Rodriguez works on a few final details inside the Hayden Police Station. The new station nearly is completed and is expected to be open for business in early June.
John F. Russell

— That new-police-station smell is flowing through the halls of the building that will house Hayden’s finest.

It’s a mix of fresh paint and recently cut wood, and Police Chief Ray Birch was basking in it as he showed off the new digs Tuesday. The station, on Hawthorne Street in eastern Hayden, is on schedule and under budget, Town Manager Russ Martin said. The department expects to occupy it in early June.

“We’re just excited about having it,” Birch said. “If it takes a few weeks longer, that’s fine.”

Tiles and carpets are on the floors and paint is on the walls. Lockers and showers have been installed. Parking lot paving is expected to start Monday, and furniture is scheduled to arrive next week. Construction has run smoothly, said Gerry Carter, project manager for contractor TCD.

“It’s easy when you have a great architect,” Carter said, referring to Ron Szerlong.

The 5,500-square-foot, $2.3 million building will include a training room that the public could use, an evidence room, an exercise area and locker rooms. It will offer nearly 20 times as much space as the Hayden Police Department currently has, plenty of room to expand the force, if necessary. Birch said his crew operates in about 300 square feet in Hayden Town Hall.

The new station also offers great views, he said.

“What I like about the building – a lot of things, of course, it’s our first police station – is that pretty much wherever you are, you can look out and see the valley,” Birch said.

The new building also includes a sally port to get people into the station discreetly, an intoxilizer room to measure people’s level of intoxication and two interrogation rooms.

The department will apply for a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to equip its intoxilizer room, Birch said. That agency handles intoxilizer equipment in the state.

Adding that room will eliminate a law-enforcement challenge for Hayden, Birch said. When police arrest people suspected of driving under the influence, they must take them to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office in Steamboat Springs for testing. Under law, they must test the person within two hours, Birch said.

“In winter, if traffic’s bad or a blizzard hits, it can be tough to make it in that two-hour time frame : and you could compromise the DUI case,” he said.

The police station also will have a foyer with a phone that’s open 24 hours so people can duck in and call Routt County dispatch in an emergency. Space is available so other law-enforcement agencies can meet or conduct interviews, Birch said.

Birch also has an office in the building.

“This is way too big for me,” he said with a grin. “This is what they came up with when I was in Iraq. I didn’t know how big it was going to be – that’s my disclaimer.”

The town will put out requests for proposals for landscaping and cleaning, Martin said.

“We’ll temporarily occupy the building, and we’ll not give ourselves a (certificate of occupancy) until we’ve done what we require everyone else to do,” he said.

Martin and Birch said they were pleased with TCD’s work and construction pace.

“We started this 2 1/2 years ago,” Birch said. “It’s really nice seeing it actually built.”

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