Town Board members to speak out

Oak Creek officials request opportunity to address colleagues

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What: Oak Creek Town Board meeting

Where: Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

When: 7 p.m. today

— Two Oak Creek Town Board members will address their colleagues about problems at Town Hall during tonight's regularly scheduled board meeting. Town Board members Angie Kralj KenCairn and Steve "Spike" Beven are scheduled to "read a letter or statement into the record," Town Clerk Karen Halterman said.

When reached Wednesday, Beven said he didn't want to delve into what he plans to say to his fellow board members tonight. However, he did say it "has to do with the problems going on at the Town Hall." Beven said he thought KenCairn would address the Town Board about the same issues.

KenCairn could not be reached for comment.

The town has been mired in controversy since a special meeting held by the Town Board on Sept. 25 to discuss "personnel matters" regarding Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman. During the meeting, three town employees addressed concerns they had about working conditions. During its regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 28, Rodeman told Town Board members that she had not been provided any of the complaints about her but that she was willing to mediate the situation.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today believes the Sept. 25 meeting, which was held in executive, or secret, session, violated Color-ado's Open Meetings Law. The newspaper has filed an open records request to gain access to the tapes from that meeting.

Also during tonight's meeting, the Town Board is scheduled to discuss Rodeman's grant writing contract with the town. Halterman said Rodeman asked her to put the item on the agenda, but she did not know what it is about. Rodeman said Wednesday that the town's attorney, Bob Weiss, advised that the contract be discussed at the meeting.

In other agenda items, the Town Board is scheduled to:

- Hear from Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup about a resolution adopting an International Fire Code.

- Hear from resident Joni Rutledge about water and sewer matters.

- Hear from LIFT-UP of Routt County director David Freseman.

- Discuss and review the Darling Annexation. Halterman said the residents involved in the annexation met with the town's Planning Commission and are now coming before the Town Board to move forward with the annexation.

- Discuss the Main Street Project.

- Review the town's police Taser policy.

- Discuss an ordinance amending the town's judicial surcharge.

- Discuss the Hageman property.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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