Town hours could change

Officials to discuss limited staffing at Oak Creek Town Hall

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— Short staffing is hindering the amount of work Oak Creek town billing clerk Vivian Johnson can get done during the day.

As a result, Town Board members will consider changing Town Hall hours to allow Johnson and other staffers to get more accomplished.

Oak Creek Town Clerk Karen Halterman said the Town Board will look at closing Town Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to give Johnson time to focus solely on billing and other town business without having to answer the phone or handle residents' issues.

The Town Board also will discuss tonight implementing two new ordinances regarding "Jake Brakes" and car idling.

Halterman said the Town Board will decide whether to create an ordinance that would prohibit the use of Jake Brakes - compression release engine brakes - within city limits. The brakes, typically used on semi-trailers, tend to make loud chattering noices when engaged. Town officials have received complaints about the brakes being used in town limits. Another ordinance would limit how long a car could idle within town limits.

Most towns have such ordinances in place, Halterman said.

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

- Hear from the owners of Select Super about the renewal of their 3.2-percent-alcohol beer liquor license.

- Hear from resident Tim Geiger about private property and Around the Town trail issues.

- Hear from resident David Pliska, who had a vehicle towed at the beginning of the year and wants to talk to the town about it.

- Hear from resident Betty Burns, who wants to donate her log house to the Historical Society of Oak Creek & Phippsburg. Burns is requesting the town not bill her water and sewer for the house.

- Sign a National Incident Management System compliance ordinance. Halterman said the ordinance was sent to the town from Chuck Vale, Routt County's director of emergency management.

- Renew the town's CIRSA liability insurance.

- Fill out a Nebraska Power Municipal Pool questionnaire asking town officials what they think about alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power. NMPP provides most of the town's energy.

- Appoint a Town Board member to serve on the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska management committee. Former Town Board member Bill Paxton held the position.

- Vote on a resolution regarding Amendment 38. The town decided to table voting on the resolution at its last meeting. Halterman said the Colorado Municipal League opposes the Amendment, and the town will discuss its position. Amendment 38 would reduce restrictions and requirements for submitting a ballot initiative or referendum by petition.

- Discuss liability insurance requirements for vendors that participate in special events.

- Approve contracts for work on the town's water tank and filter and to install lightning rods on the town's water plant.

- Discuss who is responsible for repairing the town's noon whistle. Halterman said the whistle has not worked since construction began on the old Oak Creek Town Hall on Main Street.

- Discuss billing trailer court owners for their tenants' water and sewer because town codes indicate that property owners are responsible for the bills, which would not include the residents living in the trailer courts because they don't own the property.

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