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Hayden appoints town clerk, increases airport parking fines

Town Council members also gave preliminary approval to a new town logo

Hayden Economic Development Commission Chairman Stef Nijsten, left, shows the Hayden Town Council a new logo, held by Town Manager David Torgler, that the Commission would like to use in branding and marketing efforts.
Scott Franz

— Hayden’s new town clerk is no stranger to the inner workings of Town Hall. When the vote on his appointment was taken at a Town Council meeting Thursday night, he was sitting beside Mayor Jim Haskins, taking the meeting’s minutes.

The Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Hayden native Nathan Archuleta to the post that has been vacant since previous clerk Susan Irvine left for Sedona, Ariz., earlier this summer. Archuleta had been serving as an administrative assistant for Town Manager David Torgler since Irvine’s departure.

“It’s a big responsibility, and I’m honored I was chosen to take it,” Archuleta said.

Archuleta, 33, previously worked as a dispatcher for Routt County Communications. His appointment was met with a round of applause from the council.

“We’re confident in Nathan’s skills, and we know he will work hard to become a certified municipal clerk and continue to be an asset to the town,” Torgler said. “Things have been hectic lately, and he has shown the drive and initiative needed to learn the required skills for the position.”

The town received 50 applications for the position, and last week it narrowed that field to three finalists.

And with a new town clerk likely will come a new town logo and website that Hayden’s Economic Development Commission and Chamber of Commerce hope will better market the western Routt County town’s attractions.

The council on Thursday gave the new logo a verbal approval and will officially vote to approve its final design at its next meeting.

Commission Chairman Stef Nijsten said the logo, which identifies Hayden as the “Heart of the Yampa Valley,” will help create a uniform brand for the town. The rebranding effort also includes the launch of a new website in the coming weeks that will promote the town’s happenings and school news on a dedicated page and on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“In the few years I’ve lived here, I have see a ton of great things happening, but I think we need to put our resources together and unify a bit,” Nijsten said. “At the end of the day, we all know it would be nice if we had a few more businesses in town, and we need to ask ourselves how we get more people to come here.”

At the end of their meeting, council members also voted to move forward with an ordinance that would raise the price of airport parking fines at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in an effort to deter drivers from parking illegally in front of the terminal. The ordinance would increase the fines from $20 to $85. Before it’s voted on by the council, members of the public will have an opportunity to voice their opinions at a forum Sept. 15.

— To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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