Hayden OKs waterline map

Hayden Public Works Director Frank Fox has determined that almost 25 percent of the town's treated water was lost in 2002.

This year, water loss is estimated at 29 percent, Fox said, based on the amount of water produced at the water treatment plant compared with the amount of water metered. Town Manager Rob Straebel said 10 percent to 12 percent is considered the normal loss rate by water industry experts.

On July 17, the Hayden Town Board approved spending $2,500 for Civil Design Consultants to create of a Master Water Line Distribution Map. The map will be used to help isolate water loss areas, and later could be used as a reference for public works in locating waterlines and other utilities, said Mike Briskins, an engineer from CDC.

"This can be an ongoing map project," Briskins said. "The map could be built on to include sewer, irrigation, electric or gas."

Straebel said the map would be a helpful reference in all of the town's planned future growth.

"It's a small price to pay for what we have to gain," Trustee Ken Gibbon said.

After the town staff spends the remainder of the year working to identify suspected water-loss regions, Straebel said the town could hire a consultant next year to help identify the water loss more specifically.

In other water-related issues, the trustees agreed to work with Fox to revise a moratorium that prohibits county residences from tapping into town water mains.

When a county resident's April request to tap into town water was denied, Trustee Tim Frentress was asked to look into having a moratorium rewritten to allow residences outside of municipal boundaries to tap into town water mains.

The moratorium established in 1997 states that no one outside municipal boundaries can tap into town water. Frentress proposed at the June 19 Town Board meeting that if the moratorium is rewritten, it should state that residences within 200 feet of a town water main could tap into the line under the supervision of the Public Works department.

The moratorium revision would not allow for taps into smaller, feeder lines.

Fox said he does not see a problem with the proposed revision, but he recommended each case be handled on a case-by-case basis and water lines be maintained by the owners all the way from the home to the water main.

Mayor Chuck Grobe agreed.

However, Straebel and Gibbon said they felt strongly that the current moratorium is a good thing because it is unquestionable.

"I think city water is a privilege," Gibbon said. "I'm wondering about the guy who lives 300 feet off the main. Are we going to make an exception for him?"

After further discussion, the trustees agreed out-of-town water taps would probably not be a common thing, and agreed to draft a revision.

The Town Board also discussed with Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan, who was in attendance, the Hayden Planning Commis-sion's recommendations for activity approval at Routt County Fairgrounds.

Sullivan said some of the activities that were proposed "uses by right" still needed some conditions for approval attached to them, and that many of the activity descriptions were vague.

"It is important for the town to know what is going on, but also event organizers should be aware and cognizant that there is a residential area across the street," Sullivan said.

Sullivan and the Town Board agreed "traditional" fair activities, such as 4-H events, could remain as use-by-right activities. Straebel and Sullivan said they will work together to revise the activities list and present it to the Fair Board this week.

In other business, the Town Board approved:

A liquor license renewal for Cody's Tavern at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

The closing of South Walnut Street from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday for the Chamber of Commerce Street Dance.

The closing of Jefferson Avenue from the Dutch Mill to Third Street from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for the Shriner's Colo-rado Day Parade.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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