Bleuer appointed to board

Former Oak Creek trustee chosen to replace Paxton

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— Former Oak Creek trustee Tom Bleuer was appointed to the Town Board on Thursday to fill a vacancy created by Bill Paxton's July 14 resignation.

The town of Oak Creek received two letters of interest from residents who wanted to fill the seat. The second letter was from Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup.

Bleuer was appointed after he received five votes from the Town Board during a silent vote. Wisecup garnered one vote.

Bleuer was sworn in immediately and took his place on the board after he took his oath.

"I feel good. I just want to do as well as those who came before me," he said.

Paxton resigned from the Town Board because of what he said was his frustration with Town Board decisions regarding several Oak Creek residents.

In other action Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board:

Approved new Oak Creek restaurant Calamity Jane's application for a hotel/ restaurant liquor license.

Approved a resolution to continue buying into the town's electricity and supporting the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool's decision to buy into alternative renewable energy resources.

Heard from Public Works Director Jim Photos, who told the board that recent power outages caused by lightning disturbed the water plant's functioning. Photos said town employees have been adjusting the tank's water levels manually. Photos and water plant manager Stan Gale are trying to determine what caused the problem and how to get the system operating automatically again. Photos also said he would look into getting a representative from NMPP to assess the town's electrical system to make recommendations for upgrades or replacements.

Discussed pike that were found in one of the town's ponds. Town Board members expressed concern that the pike were going to eat all of the trout. Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman recommended Photos place signs or gates near the town's drinking water holding pond to keep people and dogs out of the pond.

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