Five magic number for Board

Members agree a sixth Planning Commission seat unnecessary

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— The Oak Creek Town Board decided to accept Planning Commission member Andy Benjamin's resignation without advertising the vacancy.

In a letter, Benjamin said he resigned, "due to the busy nature of my personal life," and that he did not feel he could fulfill his responsibility to the Planning Commission or the town because he has missed the commission's last three meetings.

Trustee Tom Bleuer, who also serves on the Planning Commission, told the Town Board that the commission has five members without Benjamin, and that he did not think it necessary to find a sixth person.

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman agreed, as did the other trustees.

In other business, the Town Board:

- Approved closing Sharp Street from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 2 in order to hold the Gong Show at Black Mountain Tavern for Labor Day.

- Tabled setting budget workshop dates because trustees Angie KenCairn and John Crawford were not present at Thursday's meeting.

- Tabled a resolution regarding Amendment 38.

- Approved the minutes from the Aug. 10 meeting, and approved the minutes from the Town Board's special meeting Aug. 14.

- Approved the accounts payable for July.

- Renewed Black Mountain Tavern's liquor license.

- Heard a presentation from P.J. Howe with the U.S. Department of Rural Development. Howe wants the town to be aware of the services, grants and programs that Rural Development provides which include funding to assist with rural community infrastructure, business and cooperative development, facility needs and housing needs.

- Signed a document assuring the Department of Local Affair's that the Town of Oak Creek is in compliance with DOLA's illegal immigration policies.

- Passed a motion agreeing to split the South Routt Medical Center utility bills from January 2006 to July 2006 between the Medical Center and the Town. The total bill is $546. The Town Board agreed to begin billing the medical center for its utilities as of July 1.

n Agreed to allow Stan Gale, the town's water plant manager, to continue working over the 20 hours a week he is scheduled to work, and to count that time as premium pay, instead of overtime. Gale said he didn't want to work 40 hours a week and also did not want town benefits.

n Agreed to let Gene Germain use the Oak Creek Hockey Rink to host a Labor Day concert fundraiser from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Germain assured the Town Board and police department there would be adequate security to mediate any issues that may arise. Alcohol will not be provided or available at the fundraiser.

-Agreed to give Oak Creek resident Tony Morgan until the end of November to skirt his trailer home, put up a fence and to remove his "junk pile."

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