Town buys ice rink strip

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Oak Creek has purchased the small strip of land needed for the new roof on its open-air ice rink and is working to get official building permits for the project, which is finished.

The town bought the land for $4,320 and has recorded the deed and submitted it to the Routt County Regional Building Department, Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said. Because part of the structure was on that narrow strip of land, no building permits could be approved until the town owned the land.

Rodeman has turned her attention to the details of finishing the town's application for a permit.

The town had hoped to get building permits in place before construction began late this fall but found that it had to go forward without permits to take advantage of available volunteer help, Rodeman has said.

Carl Dunham, acting chief building official for the Routt County Regional Building Department, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Meanwhile, Rodeman is calculating the overall costs of the roof, which was erected with a $200,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado and about $450,000 in volunteer donations and labor.

Rodeman is estimating that the town's contribution will be about $40,000, about four times the $10,000 that was budgeted. That $40,000 was spent in 2004, she said, and the Oak Creek Town Board approved all of the expenditures, including the discounted cost of concrete and lights for the rink.

Also recently, the Routt County Board of Commissioners sent a letter to the Oak Creek Town Board expressing concerns about the roof being built without permits, and about the Building Department not being provided with information, such as a site plan and code analysis, which is needed to decide whether the plans complied with the building code.

Without all required information, the county would not be able to issue a building permit, the letter read.

Rodeman said nothing has been hidden from the Town Board about the project and that although she made some mistakes calculating the project's total cost, the Town Board knew how involved the town would be.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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