Town Board to look at building code

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The Oak Creek Town Board will consider doing away with uniform building codes to help resolve the difficulty it is having in meeting building requirements for its covered hockey rink.

At its meeting tonight, the board plans to discuss waiving the uniform building code for the skating rink project.

Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rode--man said the code requires that drywall be put on outside steel structures, that a $500,000 sprinkler system be put in the interior of the rink building -- even though it is cement and steel and open on three sides -- and that the hockey hut be moved by 30 to 60 feet.

Rodeman said the requirements are unclear and that the town might just do away with the codes altogether.

"A town has the right to do that as long as the building is being built by qualified contractors," she said.

Also on its packed agenda, the board will hear a request from Steamboat Springs resident and City Council member Ken Brenner to represent Oak Creek on a new interbasin water roundtable.

House Bill 1177, known as the "Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act," created the new water-basin board. The new bill created nine basin roundtables covering all geographic areas in Colorado, including the Yampa-White River Basin, which affects all of Routt County and the Yampa Valley.

Each of the four municipalities that make up the county are being asked to nominate a representative by Friday who, along with one person from each water district in the county, will meet locally to discuss water concerns in the area. From that board, two members will be elected to go to the state meetings to discuss water use and development locally and statewide.

Hayden, Oak Creek, and Yampa have nominated Dan Craig, a Phippsburg farmer and rancher who also is a member of the Colorado Water Task Force, to serve as their candidate.

Tonight, Brenner will ask the board to consider his nomination for the position.

The board also will hear from the South Routt Health Services District, which is proposing a 1-mill levy that would allow the district to collect revenues within the same boundaries as the South Routt School District to support the South Routt Medical Center. The issue most likely will appear on the November ballot.

The board also plans to confirm the vote regarding the town's inoperable vehicle codes. After a community member complained about being ticketed for having an inoperable vehicle in front of his house, the board decided to revisit what the codes say about having inoperable vehicles on the town's streets.

Currently, the code says that one unregistered, unlicensed vehicle is allowed to be parked if it is out of sight and off public streets.

Rodeman said the board has been discussing the code for a long time and that it was time to finalize what the policy is for having such vehicles on people's property.

The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall.

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