Oak Creek looks at applicants

Stordal's resignation opens Town Board position

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The Oak Creek Town Board will consider tonight the appointment of a new board member to replace Trustee David Stordal, who recently resigned.

The town has received two applications for the position, from longtime Routt County resident Jim Eskridge and Oak Creek Fire Protection Chief Chuck Wisecup.

Eskridge, who has worked at Twentymile Coal Company for almost 30 years, wants to join the Town Board to help solve problems within town, said Eskridge's wife, Vivian Johnson. Eskridge has served on the Fire Protection Board and been an assistant football coach at Soroco High School.

Wisecup served as the Oak Creek Public Works director for 18 years, served on the Routt County Planning Commission for five years and has worked with the Oak Creek Fire Protection District for more than 20 years.

Wisecup is also a certified water and waste-water treatment plant operator, and said he would be especially helpful with the planning and construction of the town's new water treatment plant.

In other business, the Town Board will discuss implementing an emergency drinking water plan -- a requirement for a recently approved $821,000 loan from the state drinking water improvement plan.

The loan will allow the town to build a new $1.5 million micro-filtration water treatment plant.

The plan will have to demonstrate that the water plant will have efficient capacity to serve the town over the next five years and what the town will do in the event of an emergency.

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