- Friday, November 10, 2006, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Steamboat Pilot & Today, 1901 Curve Plaza, Steamboat Springs
Oak Creek Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman told the Oak Creek Town Board and dozens of residents Thursday night that she wants her job back.
During the packed Town Board meeting, Rodeman read a letter expressing interest in returning as Oak Creek's mayor. Rodeman said she made the decision after listening to the tapes from a Sept. 25 secret session in which town employees complained about her to the Town Board.
"Once I recognized the disgruntled employees' presentations were not at all accurate, I have changed my outlook completely," she said. "I realized I would never have stepped down had I been privy to what had been said behind closed doors."
Rodeman resigned Oct. 13, saying other Town Board members had been hateful toward her over the employee complaints. In the complaints, town employees said that Rodeman overstepped her bounds as mayor and interfered with their jobs.
The Town Board has 60 days from the Oct. 13 date that Rodeman submitted her resignation to fill the vacancy.
Mayor Pro-Tem J. Elliott told Rodeman that the town would have to consult its attorney, Bob Weiss, on how to handle Rodeman's position before making any decisions.
Several Oak Creek residents at the meeting applauded Rodeman's decision. Others said the town needed to move on.
A woman who would give only her first name, Jennifer, told the Town Board that discussing Rodeman's new stance was a waste of time.
"She resigned. I'm not interested in her reasons and I believe most people aren't interested in them either," the woman said. "She's been an OK mayor, but she isn't what makes this town what it is. We are."
Other spoke in support of Rodeman.
"I have listened to the tapes (from the Sept. 25 meeting), and what I got from them was that we had a mayor and an ex-mayor that did too much. I have seen her in ditches digging dirt, I have seen her at the high school painting a maintenance building and I have seen her, and sometimes the only one, at the trash day," Janie Romick said. "I, for one, am proud to say we had a mayor that did too much."
Rodeman said she would not seek a return to her grant-writing position with the town.
After discussing Rodeman's decision, the Town Board set a Nov. 17 deadline for receiving letters of interest from residents wishing to fill the vacancy.
Elliott noted that the town needed to confirm with Weiss that the mayoral position was still vacant since Rodeman rescinded her resignation.
"I don't know where we stand," he said. "We need to find out if we even have a vacancy."
In other business, the Town Board:
- Approved its minutes from the Oct. 26 meeting and its accounts payable for October.
- Renewed the Elk's Tavern liquor license.
- Heard from Dina Murray, the president of the Oak Creek Hockey Association regarding the maintenance of the Oak Creek Hockey Rink.
- Adopted an Energy Outreach Colorado resolution ensuring the town's compliancy with the program, which assists residents who can't pay their energy bills.
- Encouraged resident Tony Morgan to work on becoming compliant with town codes before Nov. 30.
- Decided not to sell Rodeman her computer because the town may need the computer as a backup in the future. Board members also expressed concern that an erased hard drive can be salvageable. Board member Steve "Spike" Beven opposed the board's decision.
- Agreed to allow police Chief Linda Koile to handle a compliancy issue with a Dumpster on Nancy Crawford Boulevard.
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