Oak Creek to host yard sale, cleanup day
July 6, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that the cleanup day is July 16.
Visitors to Oak Creek this weekend might unearth a few vintage treasures as residents band together to sell their unwanted possessions.
Thirteen households are participating in Saturday's Community Yard Sale, a public event to help Oak Creek residents pare down their overstuffed closets and garages and bring people into town for a day of shopping.
The sales will be held at the individual homes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and maps of the home locations are available at Oak Creek Town Hall.
A week later, on July 16, the town will host a cleanup day for residents, offering Dumpsters for materials as well as electronics and tire disposal from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Soroco High School football field.
Holding a town cleanup day was a slightly more contentious idea than the community yard sale. Town Board members expressed concerns at recent meetings that the town was paying for people to collect trash for a year before waiting to get rid of it on the cleanup day. A cleanup day was not held last year.
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The Town Board voted, 3-1, with Wendy Gustafson opposing, to hold cleanup day at a cost of $2,050 using Old West Sanitation. It plans to charge residents $10 per truckload to make up some of the cost. Residents who want to get rid of trash must bring a utility bill to prove they live in Oak Creek.
Mayor Nikki Knoebel said cleanup day offers a more affordable and convenient option for those not wanting to go to the Milner Landfill or pay extra for more pickup services.
"We thought it was important to help people clean up their yards," Knoebel said. "It's not even just the look of the town but just the convenience of helping people get stuff out of their yards."
Old West Sanitation will not accept the following materials:
■ Liquid paints or thinners
■ Batteries or used oil
■ Refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners (unless they are tagged freon free)
■ Liquid waste
■ Pesticides or herbicides
■ Mattresses or box springs
■ Couches or overstuffed chairs
Gary Cruson, of Mountain Recyclers, will collect fees for electronic items that cannot be disposed of in the landfill. To see a complete price list, visit http://www.mountainrecyclers.com.
— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com