Oak Creek approves contract

Engineering pact is for ongoing infrastructure renovations


Oak Creek is looking for its missing manholes.

As part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the town's aging water and sewer system, Oak Creek will be using modern Geographic Information System technology to map and locate the town's waterlines, sewer lines and manholes. The most recent maps they have are from the 1970s, said Oak Creek Mayor "Kathy" Cargo Rodeman.

"The maps are just so inaccurate," Rodeman said. Manholes have been plowed over for so many years that some of them are 4 feet deep -- and public works found one last year that they didn't even know was there, she said.

At Thursday night's Oak Creek Town Board meeting, the board unanimously approved the engineering contract for renovations to Moffat Avenue and Willow Bend infrastructure and agreed to proceed with mapping the town's water and wastewater systems. An Energy Impact Grant the town received last year funded half of the engineering contract.

The construction job will go out for bid immediately, Rodeman said.

In other business:

n the Oak Creek Town Board deferred a review of changes to the town's nuisance code until the next meeting, June 10. There has been particular concern about codes that address how many inoperable cars residents can have on an individual property. There are eight Oak Creek properties in violation of various nuisance ordinances, according to the board's list -- all of which have been issued notices about the upcoming Clean-up day and copies of the ordinances to reach compliance. Clean-up day is June 12.

n The board also approved a land use change for Mike Roach to construct a woodshop and furniture showroom on the former sight of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building. The board was highly complimentary of Roach's new building design.

"Thanks for choosing Oak Creek," town board member Karen Halterman said to Roach after approving his request.


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