Hayden ponders truck traffic

City to look at boat launching fees at Honeysuckle

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HAYDEN - The Hayden City Council plans tonight to discuss limiting commercial truck traffic on Government Way to improve safety for bicyclists, and it will be looking at implementing new fees for launching boats at the city's Honeysuckle Beach.

The city also will be having a public hearing at its regular meeting to look at a restructured planning and development fee schedule that's being proposed for use.

The Hayden Bicycle and Pedestrian Ways Committee has recommended to the council that truck traffic on Government Way be limited to local deliveries only, according to a report to the council and mayor signed by committee chairman Robert Nelson.

The committee determined that "after much review and discussion" it isn't feasible to have a separated bicycle lane on Government Way, given the width of the roadway. Committee members said it would create a false sense of security for cyclists to have such a lane.

The committee said the greatest concern for cyclists is created by large commercial trucks.

The city's Parks and Recreation Commission has recommended that the city start collecting fees for launching boats at Honeysuckle Beach.

Kristine Rose, the city's administrative services director, said the proposed fees match the lowest in the area.

The commission's recommended prices are $4 a day per boat at Honeysuckle, or $6 for non-Hayden residents.

The daily access fee recommended for commercial users and water sports users would be $15. Season passes would be $25 per boat for residents, $50 per boat for non-city residents, and $150 for commercial and water sports users.

The city would begin collecting the fees at the end of May 2011.

City staff members have drafted a restructured fee schedule for planning and development services.

Lisa Key, the city's community development director, said developers primarily would be affected by the restructuring.

She said there are no new fees.

"Most of them exist in one form or another," she said.

The city wanted to more precisely match the fees it charges developers and others to the services it actually provides them, Key said.

The city worked to make sure the costs of the services provided are competitive with other cities in the area, she said.

"Expect to see some increases, and some decreases" as a result of the fee schedule breakdown, if it's approved by the council, she said.

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