The town of Oak Creek is on its way to securing a 20-by-200-foot piece of land near its hockey rink that is needed to accommodate the rink's new roof, town officials said.
Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman told the Oak Creek Town Board at Thursday night's meeting that she had sent a letter and site plan to the property owner, Joe Foreman, earlier in the day.
The town has offered Foreman $2,000 for the land, or a trade of a comparative piece of property, Rodeman said. The land is needed to make sure the new open-air rink and the snow slide from its roof are completely on town property.
Foreman did not attend the meeting but had e-mailed Rodeman on Thursday with a few concerns about the project.
His main concern, according to the e-mail, is how much damage will be done to his property's hillside because of excavation work, when and how a retaining wall will be installed to prevent more damage, and future plans for the ice rink.
Lorie Bryngelson of Minnesota said earlier Thursday that she had a contract with Foreman and had some rights to the property. She said her concerns were that the town already was building on the site without having an official agreement about how much of the private property would be disrupted and when the project would end.
"We'll sign off and give the land, but we want to know where (the project) is going to end," she said.
Rodeman said that she had received oral permission from Foreman to disrupt the property.
Rodeman told the Town Board that final building permits were not in hand, but that building had begun, mostly because of the need for using volunteer contractors who are available now. She said the permits could be final by the end of next week if the property issue is addressed in the next few days.
Meanwhile, all work that has taken place has been documented by the Routt County Building Department, so when a permit is awarded, there will be evidence that the building was constructed well.
"We are overbuilding it," Rodeman said about the project. "It will outlast all of us and all of our children."
The town has received several other donations, including $1,000 from Upper Yampa Realty and $5,000 from the Stagecoach Property Owners Association, to go toward shortages for the project because of rising costs of steel.
The bulk of the project to build a roof on the hockey rink is funded through a Great Outdoors of Colorado grant, with additional funds coming from the town, the Oak Creek Hockey Association and other donations.
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