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Hayden Town Council meets for police chief discussion Thursday

The Hayden Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will discuss the criteria for hiring the town's next police chief.

Town Manager David Torgler said the Town Council would hold an open discussion about what they expect from the next leader of their five-member police force.

He said Gordon Booco, Hayden's interim police chief, is being considered for the position along with other applicants. Booco was appointed to the position in January after former Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch was named Routt County undersheriff.

Also at today's meeting in Hayden Town Hall, the Town Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone 174 acres of grassland in town limits owned by local ranchers to allow cattle grazing. The property is zoned as residential low density with a planned unit development overlay, which prohibits grazing. If approved by the Town Council, it would be rezoned as open space.

The proposal was reviewed by the Hayden Planning Commission last month. Torgler said the commission recommended that if the property is rezoned, the property owners must fence in ranchland used for cattle grazing inside town limits, employ reasonable agricultural practices without disturbing neighbors and preserve town staff's ability to access infrastructure on the property that includes water lines and a sanitary sewer system.

The property that would be turned into open space is south of Hayden Parkway and is adjacent to home sites on High Meadow Court and Lake View Road. A public hearing for the proposed ordinance will be held at an Oct. 20 Town Council meeting.