Oak Creek Town Board to discuss impact statement

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Developers of the proposed Sierra View subdivision recently delivered to the Oak Creek Town Board a two-page report about the effects the subdivision would have on the town. The report comes in response to the Town Board's request for an impact statement.

Town Board members will discuss the document at their meeting tonight, but Mayor Cargo Rodeman said Wednesday that the report did not seem complete.

"The impact statement is not what I expected," Rodeman said. "And from what little experience I have, it seems to be very incomplete."

The report was meant to detail the effects of the subdivision, which has proposed 51 lots on 18.64 acres just south of town, including effects on the police department, schools, roads, water supply and utilities, Rodeman said.

"You just can't cover it in two pages," she said.

The report, dated July 30, said the Sierra View Development Group would provide almost all of the town services that will be extended to the subdivision.

It also stated that a message from the school district's superintendent indicated the school system "definitely could support" 30 to 50 more students.

However, the report does not have the detailed analysis that the Town Board was expecting, Rodeman said.

At a Town Board meeting in July, trustees decided that the developers would have to meet several requirements before their subdivision could be approved for annexation, including that the annexation take place only after the subdivision has been approved and that the development group give the town a performance bond to cover costs of improvements the town will provide.

Plans for the development have been on the table since 1995.

"Done right, we're very much in favor of it," Rodeman said.

But, she said the town should not spend money on the subdivision when there are other important needs.

"The board as a whole does not wish to spend any town money on the annexation," she said.

Town Board members also will hear a request from Pisa's Pizza and Pasta in Oak Creek for a new liquor license, which would allow the restaurant to serve all liquor instead of just beer and wine, and to extend their service to a large deck at the back of the restaurant.

Another important issue is how to maintain and operate the town's skating rink, known as the Hockey Hut, which has been vandalized several times during the past few years. Rodeman said she would propose that the town let the Police Athletic League run the building and let the Oak Creek Hockey Association rent use of the building a few months of the year.

There will be an update on the status of the water plant improvements, and Rodeman said she hopes to announce which company will be awarded the construction contract. There also will be a report on the town's audit, which recently was completed.

The Oak Creek Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Town Hall.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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