KenCairn appointed mayor pro-tem

Oak Creek fire chief to fill vacant board position

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— After being voted Oak Creek's mayor pro-tem, Angie KenCairn immediately got behind the gavel to run Thursday night's meeting.

Mayor J. Elliott, who was voted into the position Nov. 28, was not at the meeting for personal reasons.

KenCairn was voted the town's mayor pro-tem after being nominated by board member Steve "Spike" Beven. Remaining board members John Crawford, Tom Bleuer and Dave Fisher voted for KenCairn.

Before diving into Thursday night's lengthy agenda, the Oak Creek Town Board selected Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup to fill the board vacancy that was created when Elliott became mayor.

Board members KenCairn, Bleuer, Beven and Fisher voted for Wisecup. Crawford was the lone dissenting voice.

Town residents Bill Norris and Bernard Gagne also applied for the position. Wisecup nearly was elected to the Town Board in April; he lost by two votes. Wisecup has served on a variety of Oak Creek and Routt County boards including the Oak Creek Planning Commission and the South Routt Medical Center Board of Directors, and he has served as Oak Creek's representative on the Routt County Regional Planning Commission.

In his letter to the Town Board, Wisecup said he was eager to serve the community as a longtime Oak Creek resident with "extensive background in municipal and local government."

"The town of Oak Creek faces several challenges in the coming year, and I am pleased to be able to offer my knowledge and experience in assisting the town on the road to recovery," he said.

Wisecup also will serve as one of the town's police commissioners. Fisher is the other police commissioner.

In other business, the Town Board:

- Approved its 2007 budget to meet the state's deadline. The Town Board agreed to meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 to discuss making amendments to the budget.

- Approved the appropriation of money for the 2007 budget. The Town Board agreed the sums could change after the January budget work session.

- Certified the town's property tax mill levy.

- Raised trash rates $2 a month from $14.50 to $16.50. The rate increase will balance the town's trash fund, which was lacking funds because portions of employee salaries are now being allocated from the trash fund.

- Tabled a decision on whether to cut newly hired employee benefits until the town could research insurance rates.

- Submitted a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant application seeking $1 million for the town's wastewater treatment plant and sewer line replacement project.

- Decided Fisher, Wisecup and Beven will judge the town's Christmas lighting contest. The deadline for entering the lighting contest is Dec. 21, the day judging will take place.

- Decided not to close Moffat Avenue for sledding this year. Town Board members expressed concern that increased traffic on Moffat Avenue would create safety issues. An alternative sledding hill will be constructed.

- Agreed not to pay $13,000 to the engineering company Carter Burgess for work the company has done on the Main Street Project because the work reportedly was "in-kind" and the town does not have a contract with the company. The board agreed to stop work on the project until it can be discussed at the Jan. 19 meeting.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelaccruz@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Camo181 8 years ago

Oak Creek Town Board -- best of luck. The current Trustees and Mayor on board are an awesome group. I have a lot of respect for all of these individuals. Keep up the good work and most importantly, keep moving forward and keep the lines of communication open. If any one group can straighten out the past almost 5 year reign of the former mayor, this group will give it their best shot. Best wishes for the holidays.

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JQPUBLIC 8 years ago

Way to go Crawford... You have finally been able to prove that sitting down at town board meetings can in fact cut off the circulation to one's head, maybe you should stand up and air yours out: You actually VOTED AGAINST the one applicant that has true knowledge of the ins and outs of the town's government; he also has first hand experience and knowledge of the public works department. When he was the PW department head he was responsible for the preliminary budget, aiding with the revision, and administering the final. Wisecup has extensive experience working with other governmental agencies, the grant process and grant administrators, engineers, employees, etc., so what parts of his experience do you not need? With the condition that the town is in, it's asinine that you chose to vote against him. The town is well on its way to recovery, no longer is it a dictatorship with a board of spineless jellyfish, thanks to three conscientious new board members and a couple of "disgruntled" employees. I do not know you well enough to dislike you John but this no vote, your suggestion to appoint a mayor by pulling a name out of a hat and then wanting to vote for a mayor by secret ballot leads me to believe that maybe you should retire in the best interest of Oak Creek.

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JQPUBLIC 8 years ago

Chuck Wisecup.... Good Luck... You have a long hard road ahead of you. I don't envy the position you are in and a lot of the town folk will blame the current board for the mess the town is in but I believe your attitude, knowledge, diplomacy, and common sense will help get the job done:.and done right.

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