Oak Creek swears in Board

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— The town of Oak Creek welcomed two newly elected trustees to its Town Board as well as two incumbent trustees and incumbent Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman during a meeting Thursday night.

After approving one matter of business with the "old" Town Board, incumbents J. Elliott, John Crawford, Rodeman and Dave Fisher and Angie Kralj KenCairn were sworn in by Town Clerk Karen Halterman.

Fisher and Crawford garnered an equal number of votes for the trustee position during the town's municipal election April 4, creating a problem as to which man would serve a four-year term and which would serve the town's remaining two-year term.

After being sworn in Thursday, Halterman explained to the men that, according to state statute, the only way to determine who would serve what was to use a random method such as drawing names or straws.

Halterman told the men she had already placed two pieces of paper -- one with "two-year" written on it and the other with "four-year" into a Tupperware container and that each one would draw a paper.

Fisher and Crawford agreed to decide by drawing the papers.

Fisher pulled the four-year term, and Crawford pulled the two-year term.

Near the end of the meeting Rodeman asked J. Elliott whether he would serve as mayor pro-tem, and he accepted.

Rodeman also appointed the Town Board members to serve as commissioners for each of the town's departments. Commissioners serve as liaisons between town residents who have issues with a town employee and litigate any problems that may arise among employees within the town's department.

Elliott and Fisher were appointed as commissioners to the town's police department; Town Board member Steve "Spike" Beven and Crawford were appointed as commissioners to the town's department of public works; and Kralj KenCairn and absentee Town Board member Bill Paxton were appointed as commissioners to the town's administrative department.

In other business, the Town Board heard from Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup, who expressed interest in serving on the town's Planning Commission. The town was scheduled to appoint someone to the Planning Commission Thursday night to fill an open spot created when Oak Creek resident Jerry Greenwood resigned from the commission because of scheduling conflicts.

Wisecup said he was qualified to serve on the commission because of his past experience with the Routt County Planning Commission and his familiarity with the town's land-use codes and policies.

Planning Commission alternate Tom Bleuer also submitted a letter for the position.

Elliott proposed to the board that, instead of choosing between the men, both should be appointed to the commission.

"We have two guys here who want to get on the board. With the breadth of experience they both have, it'd be ridiculous to not have them both," he said.

Other Town Board members agreed and voted to appoint Bleuer and Wisecup to the commission, increasing its membership to six people.

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