Town News

Roof Snow Load Safety Information

Dear Routt County Citizens,
This winter has brought significant snowfall to the Routt County area, and now we are beginning to see additional snowfall into March with high moisture content or mixed with rain as well. Our roofs although different than mountain terrain, can pose similar threats in terms of snow slides or ice break-offs from your roof edges. Additionally property owners should be aware of the value of Roof Snow Load their roofs were structurally constructed to support, and this will take owners reviewing their original drawings or contacting the professional that designed or constructed their building or home.
Routt County Building Department began reviewing Building Plans in 1975, and through that review process Routt County is considered a Case Study zone by Building Codes. This means that Routt County Building Department historically has provided Professionals and Property Owners with a set value of Ground Snow Load value per location, then the Professional or Owner uses the Ground Snow Load value to calculate their Roof Snow Load per square foot, this is the value of snow load the roof is constructed to hold. This value increases obviously based in geographic location and your property elevation as well, so areas and higher elevations that see significant higher amounts of snow would have a higher Ground Snow value than a property along the valley floor. Roof Snow Load designs can range from 50PSF up to 160PSF throughout Routt County, depending again on your location and elevation, so it’s important for you to know your Roof Snow Load value.
As a property owner or property manager you should also be aware of the potential threat of snow slides, snow drifting over the roof edges, and ice build-up as well. As we begin to see more snow in March packed with moisture, or rain and higher temperatures this can cause snow or ice to break-off at the along the edges and fall to the ground or onto your walking surfaces along your building.

The Routt County Building Department wanted to inform our citizens of these risks associated with the snowfall we have seen this season, and evaluate your roofs conditions and make smart decisions on mitigating any potential risks that may exist. These risks will strongly vary depending upon your location, roof style, roof pitch, and type of roofing materials as well, if you’re in doubt please contact a professional to get their advice. Also it’s important to consider what lies below your roof edge, is there a walking surface where you or the public travel daily, is there a parking area, or other areas where you or the public use on a daily basis. Please also check any paths of egress along your building, such as window wells or window openings leading from bedrooms, please maintain a clear path in these areas of Means of Egress in case an Emergency arises and you need to use this opening or pathway to escape.
Last, if you feel that mitigation needs to happen, please take extra safety precautions if you intend to remove any snow or ice from your roofs, this process can be extremely dangerous. You will want to ensure there are no vehicles or people below roof edges as you perform this work, ensure everyone knows to stay out of this work area, use proper equipment like a long roof rake that keeps you out of the pathway of snow or ice that will fall to the ground. Most important, if you intend to stand on your roof, please research proper safety measures on how to perform this work, ensure your tied off properly with safety equipment, ropes and harnesses to ensure your kept safe while performing this work. There are also plenty of local companies and professionals that specialize in providing this service for you and understand how to perform this work safely. Last, you must also be careful when removing the snow or ice not to damage your roofing materials, depending upon the type of materials you building may have, so research this as well and don’t feel it’s necessary to remove the snow or ice down to the top of the roofing material, your goal should be to mitigate the risk not completely remove all the snow or ice.
We appreciate your citizens taking time to review this article, but remember this can be extremely dangerous work and your safety and the public’s safety should always come first, when in doubt contact a professional to assist you with any type of mitigation work.
Sincerely,
Todd Carr, Building Official
Routt County Regional Building Department

Town Councilmember Application

Town Councilmember

Town Council for the Town of Hayden is seeking a qualified person to serve on the Town Council for a 2 year term starting January 1, 2019 through November 2020. This person will be filling a vacancy due to an existing Councilmember moving at the end of 2018. Basic qualification are below:

-Must be a 21 years of age.
-Must have been a resident of Town of Hayden for at least 24 months.
-Must live in Town of Hayden.
-Must be a qualified elector in the Town of Hayden.

The Town Council will also consider work experience/overall experience.

Interested applicants must submit an application which can be found here. Applications are due 12/3/2018 at 5pm and can be submitted in person at Town Hall or via email. Applications can also be emailed at the request of an interested person. Please fill out the entire application even if you submit a resume and cover letter.

Applications will be reviewed by the Town Council at the December 6th, 2018 meeting. Interested applicants may be asked to come to the Town Council meeting for a brief interview which must be conducted in a public meeting.

If you have questions please reach out to Mathew Mendisco, Town Manager at 970-276-3741 or email at mathew.mendisco@haydencolorado.org.

Emergency Boil Order

Town of Hayden has issued an emergency Boil Order for all drinking water until 10am on October 19, 2018.

Boil water before drinking for 5 minutes. Call Town Call at 970.276.3741 for further information.

Colorado Smoke Outlook/Air Quality Alert

WILDFIRE SMOKE AND HEALTH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
If moderate to heavy smoke is visible, air quality has reached levels that are unhealthy.
Not everyone who is exposed to wildfire smoke will have health problems.
Most healthy adults and children will recover quickly from smoke exposure and will not suffer long-term health consequences.
Particulate matter exposure is the principal public health threat from short-term exposures to wildfire smoke.
What are symptoms related to smoke exposure?
•Eye, nose and/or throat irritation–runny eyes and/or nose.
•Coughing, sore throat.
•Trouble breathing or tightness of the chest, which may be symptoms of a health emergency.
•The onset of symptoms related to pre-existing respiratory ailments like asthma or emphysema.
•Weakened immune system after prolonged exposure to smoke.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM WILDFIRE SMOKE?
•Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present and relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.
•Use air conditioners on re-circulate mode and with the highest quality filters appropriate for the model, HEPA air filters, and close your windows. Move to a shelter if you do not have air conditioning and your home is too hot with the windows closed.

Please refer to links below, for additional information.

2018 Aerial Mosquito Spray Schedule

The Town of Hayden has arranged for aerial spraying for mosquitos.

The spraying will take place during the evening  hours on June 6th or 7th, July 10th, 11th, or 12th, and  August 7th , 8th or 9th, or the earliest evening thereafter when wind or weather permits.

Call Town Hall at
276-3741 for further information.

Energy Efficiency Jump Start

2017 Routt County income-qualified home energy efficiency assistance

Includes a FREE home energy assessment from a certified and approved home energy auditor. Includes FREE starter energy upgrades to begin to make your home more comfortable and lower your utility bills. Depending on the needs of the home, energy upgrades could include measures such as:

  • Furnace or boiler tune-up and/or safety check
  • LED energy efficient light bulbs
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Hot water heater wrap
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Immediate air sealing needs such as around doors
  • Coaching and advice on energy and utility bill savings and rebates

WHO CAN QUALIFY?

  • Income-qualified homeowners, residents, renters (renters need landlord
    approval and signature; landlords must also meet 80 % area medium
    income qualifications)
  • Families, couples, singles, seniors
  • Households in single-family homes, condos, townhomes, apartments and
    mobile homes
  • Households earning up to 80 % of area median income (income
    verification required in form of most recent income tax return)

HOW TO GET STARTED:

  1. Fill out the form here.
  2. Submit a copy of your most recent tax return for income verification with your application. BLACK OUT your social security # before submitting.
  3. If you qualify, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council team will contact you to schedule a free home
    visit.
  4. The team will help you address the energy efficiency needs of your home, at no cost to you.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS:
If you or someone you know could be eligible or has questions, please contact Yampa Valley Sustainability
Council at suzie@yvsc.org or 970-871-9299 ext. 104.

Town of Hayden Awarded Economic Development Initiative

On Monday at the Meeker Golf Course,  Lt. Governor Donna Lynn and the Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Stephanie Copeland, awarded the Town of Hayden a Blueprint 2.0 economic development project. The initiative, titled Community Placemaking, will engage the community by identifying local assets, providing instruction on the fundamentals of developing a sense of place, and developing a cohesive vision and strategy based on community assets. Hayden is honored and exited to receive this award, and was joined by other communities from across the state who received similar awards.

The OEDIT team will be partnering with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and Community Builders (a community planning and placement non-profit based out of Glenwood Springs) to guide Hayden’s community placemaking. The group will lead three community workshops in Hayden, engaging local community leaders and business owners in the process, to  help define and identify: (1) the alignment access segments of community; (2) potential downtown improvement plans; (3)  physical assets for potential small scale renewal; and (4) potential actions to reinvigorate public spaces.

“We recently completed a community assessment project with OEDIT and are moving forward with the recommendations in that assessment. Community Placemaking was an initiative that OEDIT recommended we apply for, and we are very excited to have received this award and be able to take this next step in Hayden’s economic development. Ultimately, a unified and cohesive economic vision will help Hayden develop an actionable economic strategic business plan that we plan to complete in the early part of 2018,” said Councilwoman Ashley McMurray for the Town of Hayden.

Routt County Department of Human Services opens satellite office in Hayden

Routt County Department of Human Services has opened a satellite office in Hayden, located at 118 S. Walnut Street, Unit B. The office will be open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8:30am – Noon and 12:30-3pm.

The satellite office offers the following services:

  • Accepts applications for public assistance,

  • Completes face-to-face interviews

  • Accepts verifications and documents for all Routt County Human Services Departments (Child Support, Child Welfare, Food/Med Unit),

  • Provides information on Human Services programs,

  • Accepts documents for the Veterans Service Officer.

Questions? Call 970.870.5533. This is a collaboration of Routt County Department of Human Services and Lift-Up of Routt County.