Town Board giving up pay

Oak Creek officials forgo stipends to help town with finances

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— Tonight, Oak Creek Town Board members are expected to give up their small monthly stipends to help the town save money.

Town Clerk Karen Halterman said Wednesday that Town Board members receive $80 a month for serving on the board, and that Oak Creek Mayor Cargo "Kathy" Rodeman receives $90. At the last Town Board meetings, board members agreed to give up the payments and asked for a resolution to be drafted, Halterman said. Members will vote on the resolution tonight.

Oak Creek has a budget of between $1 million and $1.5 million, Halterman said. The town's general fund, funded by property and sales tax revenues, has a negative balance, she said. However, the town's enterprise funds -- made up of revenues from utilities the town operates -- are healthy. The problem is the town can't use the enterprise funds to bolster its general fund.

Doing away with the Town Board stipends is one of several steps the town has taken recently to help restructure its finances. Other measures include leaving positions such as a code enforcement officer and a billing clerk vacant. The treasurer position recently was restructured from full time to part time. Also, the town has revised its fee structure, raising several fees significantly.

At tonight's board meeting, the Town Board will review those restructuring efforts at the suggestion of its accountant, Tim Mayberry of Denver.

Also tonight, the Town Board is scheduled to:

Hear updates from residents on the Around the Town Trail project and the Park Trail Terrain Park.

Hear from Routt County Economic Development Coun--cil member Karen Tussey, who has encouraged South Routt municipalities to be active in the EDC.

Hear from Perry Schraeder, who is interested in purchasing the town's old lagoon property on Arthur Avenue.

Hear from Dave Epstein, who wants to annex a storage unit into the town.



What: Oak Creek Town BoardWhen: 7 p.m. tonightWhere: Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

Hold a hearing regarding a couple who reportedly did not receive the appropriate permits to move a new mobile home onto their lot.

Discuss whether two Oak Creek businesses are operating as cottage industries and how to handle complaints that the businesses are not in compliance with the town's codes.

Discuss a nuisance ordinance regarding illegally parked junk cars.

Vote on an ordinance that would double the town's tap fees.

Vote on an ordinance that would permit smokers to smoke directly outside an establishment, not the 15 feet the state of Colorado requires.

Discuss three utility bills that show marked increases.

Discuss town properties that have not been mowed or maintained.

Discuss whether to grant electric meters to non-English-speaking people without proper identification.

Hear an update on the Main Street Steamboat conference.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelaacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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