Oak Creek The Oak Creek Town Board has denied a proposal to create three apartments in the former South Routt Early Learning Center on Grant Street.
Steamboat Springs resident Scott Wedel, who owns three other Oak Creek properties and the town's car wash, made the proposal, which was denied after more than an hour of discussion Thursday night by the Town Board, Wedel and concerned members of the public.
Several board members and members of the public expressed concern with Wedel creating more apartments because of the state of his other properties.
Mayor J. Elliott and Steve "Spike" Beven voted in favor of the proposal. Board members Tom Bleuer, Chuck Wisecup, Dave Fisher and Mayor Pro-Tem Angie KenCairn voted against the proposal.
On Friday, Wedel said he felt mistreated by the board, and that the board did not spend time talking about the proposal.
"There was essentially no discussion on the merits of the proposal itself," he said. "I thought it was a better proposal for the neighborhood from what it is there now. That argument didn't carry."
In other business, the Town Board:
- Approved its minutes from July 26.
- Heard an informational presentation from Curtis Church with the Yampa Valley Housing Authority about how the organization operates and why it was formed.
- Approved closing Main Street from Moffat to Bell avenues from 8 p.m. Sept. 1 to 11 a.m. Sept. 3 during the town's Labor Day celebration.
- Heard from police commissioners Wisecup and Fisher regarding the town's law enforcement situation. A second part-time police officer likely will be hired in the next two weeks to join part-time police Officer Eileen Rossi, who has been working alone. The town has received two or three applications for the police chief position, and interviews are under way.
- Hired Bob Redding as the town's new Public Works director. Redding has worked for the City of Northglenn for 28 years. The board approved Redding's pay at $21.50 an hour. Redding replaces Public Works Director Jim Photos, who said he thinks Redding is a "good fit for the town."
- Agreed to lease the Hageman property for snow storage with the option to purchase the property.
- Agreed to purchase software and subsequent computer upgrades. The $24,000 software program will improve the town's accounting practices.
- Agreed to absorb an Old West Sanitation trash rate increase of 50 cents per resident until January 2008.
- Agreed to hire a bond attorney to represent the town's wastewater treatment plant project, and approved paying the attorney's $6,000 fees.
- Agreed to close a portion of Sharp Street from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 for Black Mountain Tavern's anniversary celebration.
- Agreed to name a road in the Willow Bend Trailer Park 'Wild Hogg Drive' after the suggested Cowboy Peak Drive was "vehemently opposed" by two residents. Board members Beven and Wisecup dissented.
- Adopted an ordinance charging a minimum $500 fee for sewer and water reconnection not including time, materials and equipment.
- Tabled a discussion regarding the town's definition of a single-family home.
- Agreed to send a letter to the Department of Local Affairs regarding expired funds for the town's Main Street Project. The town has agreed it cannot afford the project and is requesting the funds instead be used to update the town's comprehensive plan.
- Tabled a discussion about acquiring a coal bucket.
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