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Hayden considers Precision annexation

Melinda Dudley

— The owner of Precision Excavating of Hayden has initiated the annexation process for a 15.89-acre hay meadow west of town with the hopes of keeping his business in Hayden while providing much-needed expanded facilities for the company. The annexation also would bring nearly 10 acres of U.S. Highway 40 right-of-way into the town.

The Town Board of Trustees approved a resolution of substantial compliance Thursday, allowing the annexation proposal to continue to formal consideration since it is in compliance with state and local requirements.

The Precision parcel is bordered on the east by V1 Propane, and is approximately 1,200 feet west of the town’s current boundary, at the edge of the X-West Commerce Park parcel.

Precision Excavating started operating out of its downtown Hayden office about 20 years ago with only a handful of employees and has since grown to operate across Northwest Colorado while employing roughly 75 people in the high season, owner Dave Zehner said.

The company has been seeking expansion space for more than a year. Precision would rather stay in Hayden than try to get a special use permit from the county to operate on unincorporated land, Zehner said.

While Hayden is eager to keeps Precision’s jobs in town and add the land to the town limits, annexing the parcel would require a 3,000-foot extension to water and sewer lines to reach the property, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

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The town will likely require Precision to fund and construct the extensions, as well as an extended 10-year warranty on the improvements, before the town takes over maintenance, Martin said. Precision potentially could be reimbursed for up to half of its initial investment as other development on the west side of town hooks in, he said.

Despite the required service extensions, town staff is in favor of the annexation because it could fuel future commercial and industrial development in the area, as is proposed in Hayden’s Comprehensive Plan, Martin said.

The Hayden Planning Commission will consider the annexation at its Feb. 20 meeting. A public hearing on the annexation will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 20.

C.R. 51A

The Town Board voted Thursday to rename Hayden’s portion of Routt County Road 51A Airport Boulevard, pending agreement from the Routt County Board of Commissioners to rename the county’s portion accordingly.

The issue is pressing because the newly constructed Airport Garages should be given Hayden addresses, and the road needs to be renamed first, Town Clerk Susan Irvine said.

Poplar Street redesign

Town staff also is mulling options for the pending redesign of portions of Poplar Street on the south side of town, near the Rolling Hills and Golden Meadows subdivisions.

While the estimated cost to straighten the road is more than $400,000, fixing the road’s drainage problems would cost only about a fourth of that but would still leave Poplar Street’s sharp curves in place, Martin said.

An open house to solicit public comment on the redesign will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hayden Town Hall.

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