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Hayden tables YVEA deal

Tamera Manzanares

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday tabled its decision on an ordinance renewing a 25-year agreement allowing Yampa Valley Electric Association to use roads and other property maintained by the town in exchange for a fee.

The board was not comfortable with the length of the agreement and directed Town Manager Russ Martin to discuss the possibility of a 10-year contract with YVEA.

“I’m concerned about how many years it’s for … 25 years seems excessively long,” Hayden resident Edward Russell told the board.

Russell argued that the town shouldn’t lock itself into an excessively long agreement because technological advances may present other alternative power options in the not so distant future.

Hayden Mayor Chuck Grobe, a substation supervisor with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in Craig explained that some towns, such as Oak Creek, have opted to buy their electricity from generators in Nebraska.

Considering Hayden’s history with YVEA and possible regulatory conflicts with purchasing electricity elsewhere, that is not likely to happen in Hayden, he said.

The board, however, agreed a 10-year arrangement with YVEA seemed more reasonable because similar agreements between the town and other utilities last for 10 years.

Also Thursday, the board took the first steps toward annexing the Routt County Fairgrounds and several nearby properties into Hayden.

With the annexation of the fairgrounds, a group of private properties on the north side of Poplar Street, which are technically in Routt County, will be surrounded by town boundaries.

Those properties must annex into the town within three years, according to Colorado state law. Owners of the Bertram, Jaswick and Kistler properties have agreed to proceed with the annexation process.

The board accepted the petitions as complete and scheduled a public hearing for the annexations for its next meeting, Feb. 17.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com


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