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Hayden Town Council considers waiving some fees for hospital project

If you go

What: Hayden Town Council meeting

When: Staff and council member reports at 7 p.m.; regular session at 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Hayden Town Hall, 178 West Jefferson Ave.

How to help

To make a donation, send checks made out to the Solandt Memorial Hospital District to P.O. Box 10, Hayden, CO 81639.

— Solandt Memorial Hospital in Hayden is getting a face-lift.

A concession the Hayden Town Council will consider tonight would allow the hospital’s Board of Trustees to dedicate funds to another part of the project. Town Council members will consider waiving 20 percent of the nearly $2,400 in building permit fees.

If the waiver is approved, Hos­­­­­­­­­pital Board President Kathy Hockin said, the board will have an additional $477.63 to put toward a grant match.

When Solandt was built in 1923, it was the only accredited hospital between Salt Lake City and Denver, Hockin said. She said it was unique because it was largely a community effort.

Farmers used wooden beams from their barns to form the cement, and women sewed curtains that covered the windows.

Some professional bricklayers helped erect the walls, but without the people of Hayden, Hockin said the hospital named in honor of Dr. John V. Solandt wouldn’t have been possible.

“It was a grand old building when it was first built,” she said. “We want to restore it to look like it originally did.”

Hockin said the Hospital Board has been awarded about $250,000 through grants from the Colorado Historical Society’s State Historical Fund, the Bab­son-Carpenter Foundation and dona­­tions.

She said a nearly $200,000 Department of Local Affairs energy impact grant is pending.

Project architect Robert Ral­ston, of Steamboat Springs-based Robert S. Ralston & Associates, said another $74,000 in anticipated in-kind donations from Routt County and about $50,000 that still needs to be raised round out the total project cost of about $573,000, which excludes repaving the driveway, the last of three phases.

He said it’s considerably more than the $35,000 it cost to build the hospital.

“That might buy you the front porch today,” Ralston joked.

Contractor Tyke Pierce Con­struction, of Steamboat, already has started on the first phase, Ralston said. He said the work includes preventing further deterioration of the building’s exterior, including replacing broken or cracked bricks. It also includes regrading the ground to allow water to drain away from the building and fixing the old elevator, making it accessible to all floors.

Other work includes rehabilitating fire escapes and windows and doors, upgrading exterior lighting and making the existing ramp compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The second phase, which is dependent on pending grant funding, includes regrading the south side of the building, which is nearly 2 feet higher than when the hospital was built after years of repaving, Ralston said. He said regrading would allow water drainage away from the building and for some of the basement windows to be reopened.

Because the hospital has provided space for medical offices and community organizations since 1970, Ralston said the interior of the building is in great shape. He said restoring the building’s exterior would help it once again become the “grand old lady of Hayden.”

Hockin said fundraising eff­orts continue.

She said in addition to providing information about the Solandt restoration at the Routt County Fair, the Hospital Board is reinstating the Hospital Ball this year. The annual fundraiser ran from 1923 to 1961.

At tonight’s meeting, the Town Council also will:

■ Announce the opportunity for community members to participate on a committee to review town manager applications. Former Town Manager Russ Mar­­t­in accepted a position with Camp Verde, Ariz. The Town Coun­cil has said it wants to have a new town manager by Nov. 1.

■ Consider approving a special events permit to allow judging of homemade beer and wine at the Routt County Fair this month.

■ Consider approving a $53,500 bid from Coatings, of Arvada, to resurface the tennis courts at Hayden Town Park.

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