Thursday, August 22, 2002
Oak Creek It was possibly the first time the word "police" was mentioned at a Town Board meeting in the past few months without everyone present launching into hours of lengthy debate.
A motion to accept former Sgt. Dave Miller's request for a post-termination hearing was read aloud by Mayor Cargo Rodeman in words written by Town Attorney Bob Weiss.
The date will be set by Town Clerk Nancy Crawford with the approval of Weiss to discuss Miller's possible reinstatement to the Oak Creek police force. The meeting will be open to the public.
Miller requested the meeting be dedicated solely to his case, not as a line item on the regular Town Board agenda.
Other issues that have been the subject of much debate went through just as easily Thursday night.
The board again discussed the possible sale of 36 lots of town-owned property. Trustee J. Elliott shared the opinions from Tuesday night's work session on the matter. The board voted to follow his suggestions to offer the adjoining unbuildable lots to adjoining property owners. Other land will be handed over to the Oak Creek Planning Commission, which will decide which lots are able to be sold, and develop a plan for their sale.
Resident Nancy Stahoviak recommended the board request written proposals from any brokers or auctioneers who are interested in selling the properties.
"We're not going to jump in feet first," Rodeman said. "I promise you."
When the Planning Commission returns with their report, the board will discuss the designation for any revenue made from the sale. The money will not go into the general fund, Elliott said.
In other business, Treasurer Jo Dee Stordal described what she called "one of the worst weeks of her life." The accounting software she has been using for the town of Oak Creek failed her this week. She made entries that corrupted the data in her records, and when she turned to the backups, Stordal found that no backup had been made since April 6 because of an error made by the system installer.
The data, she learned, was irretrievable.
Currently, the town has budget summaries for each month, but no details.
"This will be an audit issue," Stordal said.
She suggested the town needed to find a new accounting system, which could cost as much as $27,000. The board asked her to research possibilities and return with recommendations.
Geoffrey and Donna Peters returned to Town Hall with another request to purchase property partially in their current front yard.
Geoffrey Peters was Rodeman's campaign manager. Citing a conflict of interest, she left the room and declined to vote.
Peters said his family has had a fence across the property for 57 years. It has been surveyed, per a request by the board, at a previous meeting.
The board asked him to return after an appraiser has visited the land. The board will make a decision when it has an offer.
Resident Tim Geiger was granted permission to consult the town attorney about an annexation issue. Geiger will pay the legal fees.
Waste Management's contract is due for renewal. The board decided to advertise a request for bids for trash pickup and recycling.
LIFT-UP of Routt County received a one-year renewal on its lease of the Old Town Hall on Main Street. Executive Director David Freseman said LIFT-UP has served 150 households in South Routt. It pays $1 per year for use of the building.
The Community Youth Council was granted a special-use permit for a game of night tag. Dave Miller will be the adult supervision. The permit allows the teens to be out past curfew until midnight if they are participating in the event.