If Rock Bevan has his way, Oak Creek residents could enjoy the fruits of his labor by the end of the summer.
At Thursday's Oak Creek Town Board meeting, Bevan, a former master gardener, proposed creating a community garden.
"I think a community garden would be really neat for everybody. We could all share the veggies and everything," he told board members.
Bevan said he has experience growing "soft" vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes, but he doesn't think those vegetables will grow in Routt County.
"I'd like to get the town involved, because I can't do it all myself," he said.
Bevan asked the Town Board whether it would donate a parcel of land to the garden and offer support for other garden-related issues.
"You've got my blessing, for sure," Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said.
Town Board members agreed that the garden is a good idea, but they questioned what could be grown.
Town Board member Tom Bleuer said a greenhouse probably would be the best way to optimize the garden's yield. He said vegetables and herbs could thrive in such an atmosphere.
Bevan agreed. He said a greenhouse would allow gardeners to grow cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers.
Town Board members said they would look into whether any town lots are available for such a project and how the garden or greenhouse would be supplied with water.
"I hope it can work out, because we've dreamed about (a community garden) for years," Town Board member Mike Kien said.
On Thursday, the Oak Creek Town Board also:
Gave permission for community members to use Decker Park for an Easter egg hunt on Easter.
Declared April the "Month of the Young Child" in Oak Creek.
Approved a memorandum of agreement between the town of Oak Creek and the South Routt Community Center. The town will own the property the South Routt Community Center sits on until 2015 and will turn it over to the corporation if the town intends to keep it as a community center. The community center group is responsible for upkeep of the building.
Approved a resolution updating the pay ranges for town employees. Town Board member Steve "Spike" Beven suggested the board delete the town administrator position because it does not intend to hire someone for it. Tabled a discussion about the 3 percent cash match the town contributes to employees' pension funds. The issues will be addressed during the next round of budget sessions.
Discussed updating the town's lease with the Oak Creek Fire Protection District to use the old Town Hall on Main Street. Town Clerk Karen Halterman found that the lease hadn't been updated since 1999. The Town Board agreed that the new lease would be renewed every two years.
Made a $500 donation to the "Fun for Cathy Shipley Fund."