Oak Creek approves projects

Board discusses how to rid town of pike

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— The Oak Creek Town Board unanimously approved three building projects at its meeting Thursday, even though residents questioned some of them.

The three projects went before the Oak Creek Planning Commission on Wednesday before coming before the Town Board on Thursday.

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman explained to the Town Board that the Planning Commission serves primarily as an advisory board to the Town Board, but that the Town Board had the authority to approve projects the Planning Commission did not.

During the meeting Thursday, a few Oak Creek residents were concerned that one of the projects - which required a lot line variance - was not legal.

After reading the town's code and hearing from town employees, the Town Board decided to approve the project because the residents proposing the project agreed to modify their plans to conform with the town's 16-foot setback requirement.

The Town Board also approved a project allowing a resident to re-plat to make parcels out of a joint property and a resident who needed a lot line variance to build a carport.

After the discussion, the Town Board agreed it should revisit the town's codes to clarify policies on rebuilding on a non-conforming lot that was grandfathered in after the town's codes were created.

In other business, the Town Board:

- Approved Town Board minutes from July 13 and July 27.

- Approved a Memorandum of Agreement between Tony Morgan and Wendy Fletcher stating that Morgan and Fletcher will have their mobile home removed from its lot by July 31, 2011.

- Agreed to hire Scott Woodford of Patten Associates to represent the town in the Darling annexation.

- Passed a resolution accepting a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation that will allow the town to complete its Main Street Project.

- Heard concerns from Public Works Director Jim Photos that replacing the town's water sewer pipes would disrupt the town's water pipes. Photos showed the Town Board a 10-foot long water lateral he dug up that was rusted and full of holes. Photos recommended the Town Board begin thinking about replacing some of the laterals and to include the cost of the project in the town's 2007 budget.

- Discussed how to get rid of the town's pike problem. Rodeman suggested allowing residents to fish pike before looking to alternative methods. The town is concerned that non-native fish could get into the town's ponds and create a larger problem.

- Decided to continue asking all Oak Creek residents for identification and Social Security numbers for them to get an electric meter.

- Agreed to review the town's audit to approve it and to submit it to the state.

Comments

Scott_Stanford 8 years, 3 months ago

Boodog:

We're making a concerted effort to use our Web site to report news as it occurs. Thus, stories sometimes go through our online content editors for posting to the Internet during the day and to our print editors for publication in the newspaper. Obviously, different editors make different edits. At the end of the night, the final version of the story is taken from what appears in print.

I think it is appropriate to note the date and time of story updates, but I don't believe it is practical or necessary to note all changes in a story that is being reported throughout the day. In most cases, what we report on the Internet during the day will be shorter than what appears in print the next day, so the final version will add, not subtract, content.

In this case, the edits were for space constraints in the print edition. Here are the sentences that were cut (I can't say for sure they are exactly the same as what was on the Internet yesterday because the story went through different editors):

"Decided to continue asking all Oak Creek residents for identification and Social Security numbers to get an electric meter. The town had been concerned that requiring proper identification might be construed as unfair to illegal immigrants, and had asked Yampa Valley Electric Association how it handles such matters. YVEA does not require such identification. But as long as the town requires ID and Social Security numbers from all residents, the town is not out of line in requiring such information."

Scott Stanford Editor, Steamboat Pilot & Today (970) 871-4221 sstanford@steamboatpilot.com

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