March 20, 2020 – The Town of Hayden Town Council adopted emergency Ordinance 696 declaring a disaster resulting from COVID-19 Pandemic impacts and activated its emergency operations plan. What does this mean? It means Town Council has opened up additional financial resources from the State and Federal government for the Town and increased our ability to serve the citizens. Please see below specifics:
- The main reason the Council approved the ordinance was to open up State and Federal funding assistance to the Town as our resources begin to strain as a result of the economic impacts to the Town (which is already happening);
- The ordinance allows the Town Council to better work in unison with Routt County emergency management as well as other governmental agencies in Routt County;
- It prioritizes help for first responders to get the necessary resources they need in times of shortages (like right now);
- It gives the Town Council expanded legislative powers to better deal with this pandemic and protect the Town;
- It will help prioritize things like supply chains, financial help, food, etc., through the office of emergency management at Routt County for the Town.
*The important thing to understand is that without this declaration the Town would not be eligible to receive any additional funding or help from the State and Federal government to mitigate COVID-19 impacts.*
Outside of Federal and State Government Executive Orders (which must be complied with by everyone) we are operating and serving the Town just in a new and unique way. Be safe, healthy, and please email the Town with any questions and we will try and answer them.
The Town is constantly updating things on our website at regarding this issue at https://haydencolorado.org/news/ and here are additional resources via websites http://www.co.routt.co.us/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=COVID-19-Updates-26 https://covid19.colorado.gov/ https://www.routtcountyunitedway.org/covid-19-updates/