Oak Creek board to focus on police

Koile's police logs, records needed to proceed with discussions

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Before the Oak Creek Town Board makes any decisions about the future of the town's police department, it needs more information from its police chief.

During Thursday's Town Board meeting, Steamboat Sp-rings resident and Oak Creek business owner Scott Wedel expressed his concerns about police Chief Linda Koile's safety and the amount of hours she's working. Board members countered that they have asked Koile several times for her daily police logs, hours and an end-of-the-year report, which they said Koile still hasn't provided.

"It appears Linda is working a lot of hours and is tired," Wedel said. "If you're thinking she's working a 40-hour week and goofing off, there seems to be a high level of ignorance of what's going on."

Town Board member Chuck Wisecup, who also is one of the board's two police commissioners, said he can't address issues with the police dep-artment until he knows what Koile is doing.

"I asked Linda to provide me reports to see what calls she is responding to," he said. "She was supposed to file that with the FBI, and I still haven't seen that. Until I see that information, I can't tell you what we need as a police department."

Wedel suggested the town was trying to eliminate the police department by "not making any decisions," and he said it would be a huge loss for the town if Koile quits or is injured.

Koile is the police department's sole officer after the Town Board decided not to fill the other positions because of budget constraints.

Board member Dave Fisher, who is the other police commissioner, said Wedel's assumption was incorrect and the town must address its budget issues before making any decisions about the police department.

"There is no structure in the police department right now, and that's an issue we're struggling with," Fisher said. "Obviously this is a concern to a lot of residents and the board as well."

Fisher made a motion to discuss the police department after a Feb. 17 budget work session. Board member Tom Bleuer seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

Koile was not at Thursday night's meeting because of a death in the family.

In other business, the Town Board:

- Heard an update about the town's centennial Winterfest celebration from Oak Creek historian Mike Yurich. The Routt County Board of County Commissioners donated $2,000 to the town's centennial budget.

- Heard an update about a log cabin visitor's center project from Karen Tussey. Tussey indicated the next step in the project is finding a general contractor to oversee the project, including moving the cabin from its current location near Rio Oso Nursery to Bucket Park. Tussey estimated the cost of the project to be about $60,000.

- Agreed it is important to have Noreen Moore of the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative attend a work session Feb. 21 to update the town's comprehensive plan. Moore updated the board about economical trends in Routt County that is affecting lifestyle, housing and the workforce in all of the county's municipalities.

- Heard from Chuck Vale, Routt County Director of Emergency Management, who suggested the town appoint a designated emergency response authority. Vale also suggested the board sign an intergovernmental agreement with the Moffat County Hazmat Team.

- Agreed to pay a resident's plumbing bill after the resident's water line broke.

-To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

I have also noticed snow build-up on all police vehicles in Oak Creek including the vehicle in Willow Trailer Park. Along with a bank of snow plowed up along side.

I agree with SR 100%.

SR's grammer sucks, but he is accurate.

I second anyone to look for themselves. Proof is in the puddin.

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BrainQuest 7 years, 6 months ago

Police commissioners on the Town Board of Oak Creek are the Police Dept.'s bosses...how come Koille isn't responding to their requests for reports? How come people are running stop signs, disregarding school speed limits, etc. -- is Koille too busy to monitor these areas too? On the few occasions you do see the OC police car it's at night, outside one of the bars, left running and UNATTENDED! Koille is no where in sight. All this for a $50,000/year salary! Oh, I forgot, she stated at one of the budget meetings that "most of the crime in Oak Creek happens at night." Is she stiill smoking in Town Hall? I thought there were laws against smoking in a public building. Oops--forgot again...most laws don't pertain to Oak Creek.

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kingsride 7 years, 6 months ago

Is there perhaps a reason that Linda is hesitant to turn over police records to a wisecup? I suspect its only a matter of time before OC has no Town Marshall.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 6 months ago

They can't get the info they need from the so called chief...well, put her on UNPAID LEAVE until she provides it, I doubt anyone will even notice she isn't on the job! If after two weeks off (unpaid), she still hasn't provided it, get rid of her sorry butt... Answering to the Board and providing that type of paperwork is a real part of a Chiefs job (that's why they call them administrators) and I say it again, she isn't ready to be a good patrol officer let alone chief. The only accountability she has ever been held to consisted of sitting in the mayors office (or the bar) chit chatting about town business over smokes, now, in the real world she doesn't have a clue what to do as a real chief. How egotistical to think you can be a chief when you haven't even learned how to be a cop yet. Want the truth as to what calls she has responded to, get them from dispatch. Take her cell phone away and let all the calls go through dispatch (as it should be) instead of trying to hide everything from the public as the ex-mayor did. And just what does Wedel have going with OC's only cop, he backed one lame duck (the ex-mayor) now he's backing another, maybe that's why he gets away with the eyesore around his building (selective code enforcement). Wedel, why don't you take up politics in your own town, go waste the steamboat councils time instead of OC's, at least you have a vote there.

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

I thought the pilot was trying to tell the truth?????
Typical of Scott S.

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kingsride 7 years, 6 months ago

yes, now if he would just make you and south go away...

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uporpeopleu 7 years, 6 months ago

u're all idiots w/o a clue of what u speak! when linda returns from the funeral (u're lack of respect 4 this is appalling) & shows u all her logs u'll eat all of u're ignorant words. uninformed fools 1 & all.

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

We are fools for paying taxes to support her pay!!

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2-full time RC Sheriff living in town of Oak Creek! 1- Full time Colorado State Patrol (officer) living in Oak Creek!

2- Full time RC Sheriff in Stagecoach area!

1-Full time RC Sheriff in Yampa 1- Full time Colorado State Patrol officer in Yampa-Toponas Area

Who on earth thinks we need to keep a officer in OC.

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kingsride 7 years, 6 months ago

Oh but you are clueless. The State doesnt pay the troopers to work domestics and bar fights in OC. The Sheriffs Office has 2 maybe 3 deputies on at one time for a whole county, not to hang out waiting for domestics and bar fights in OC. OC is a statutory town, they have the responsiblilty to pay their cops, not the state and not the county.

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

2- ilde police cars in OC..................(not including linda's) 50,000.00 ++++

Linda's Police salary.............. 50,000.00

If we got rid of these things we can pay off some grants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

oh kingsride you admited it! Lets dish out 100,000.00 + a year for bar fights. You must have worked for our former mayor!

So if crime is commited your saying we can't use them? Or do you thing they would look the other way?? Do you think they base all the good they do on PAY??? YOU IN BED WITH SOMEONE!

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

17 RC Sheriff road officers! 3 On duty at one time??? WRONG!!

Keep it coming!

Let's dance!!

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

Last night.............. 4 people in the Colorado bar at 9:30pm.

Yea it's worth 100,00.00 plus a year!

Give me a break!

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

3 full time FIREFIGHTERS- 100,000.00 a year

2-3 more public works guys/gals to keep the alley's clear, parks clean, road's mantained!

1 cop is a waste!

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

I don't hate linda!!! I have nothing against her nor have i had a run in with her at all. I HATE THE GOV. WASTE!!

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kingsride 7 years, 6 months ago

I guess it really is true..a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

So bar fights is your concern. In Craig, all the bars is a take part in what is called " THE SH LIST". If you get your name on one of "THE SH LIST'S" you are banned for ALL the bars in Craig for life!!! Let me tell you, IT WORKS! No fights, no brawls, not even name calling!!!! If you socialize in Craig you know what im talking about!
COST.................. ink on a board! Oak Creek's cost for bar checks...................100,000.00 a year??? When and what was the most recent major crime in OC???? What crime stand's out for Oak creek?? What is the justification for a budget of 150,000.00 + a year??

anyone???

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uporpeopleu 7 years, 6 months ago

cantstand-U, seems u're talkin' to u'reself. my guess is u're the only 1 that canstandu. p.s. u really don't have a clue. do u?

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cantstandit 7 years, 6 months ago

Guess i made my point! Where are your facts, or did you write to slam me?? Thats ok, you hate me cause im right! Your lameness is showing!

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Scott Wedel 7 years, 6 months ago

OC as an incorporated town is required by the state to provide for police services. The last time OC did not have a police dept it had to contract out to the Sheriff's dept at $35 per hour which included administrative overhead and time and distance for the weekly office hours.

The Sheriff's dept is providing backup and patrols to OC on a mutual aid basis. Oak Creek will get charged for that if there is no OC police dept.

You cannot put an employee on UNPAID leave and then require that person to do part of her job. Town Board could direct her to only respond to emergency calls until she got caught up with her administrative work.

I note that Linda has been in charge of the OC police dept for longer than anyone else since Reggie Mayes whom left in 1999.

I note so many of you are so brave hiding behind anonymous handles. If you all want to anonymously attack each other then go ahead. But I write putting my name with my words so if you are going to attack me then you should have the guts to use your name as well. And when posts included malicious lies about me, I asked Scott Stanford to remove them.

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Scott Wedel 7 years, 6 months ago

Following is from a SB Today article March 25, 2005:

Reta McNutt submitted a letter saying that Oak Creek should have four officers, but trustees said that would cost too much and wasn't necessary.

Following is from a SB Today article March 26, 2005:

Oak Creek resident Reta McNutt, a vocal critic of current town leaders, said she thinks problems may stem from the mayor and some trustees.

"I feel that the chief of police isn't allowed to do his job," McNutt said. "There is too much micromanaging from the mayor and certain members of the Town Board."

I think she today is advocating the Town Board micromanage the police dept. And we should remember that in 2004 when she ran for Town Board that the voters thought so little of her that she finished LAST in an eight person field.

From a SB Today editorial March 29, 2005:

Farnan was supposed to be the answer. He had an extensive police background with the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia. The town agreed to pay for his training last fall to become certified in Colorado and on Dec. 10, he officially started as chief.

Farnan wouldn't talk about the reasons for his abrupt departure, though he did suggest the job was too much for just two officers. Other personnel have offered similar complaints.

If the job is too much for two officers then maybe it might be too much for officer Linda to do by herself.

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whyquestion 7 years, 6 months ago

didn't riita run on a platform to get rid of the drugs in o c ???? didn't she see a need for competent people as town marshalls??????how does the the chief dog catcher fit in that picture????i also i think she supports gramnet?????

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ihatestupidpeople 7 years, 6 months ago

cantstandit i dont know where you get your facts from of the officers and troopers that live in the south routt area but get it right. there is only one dep in oc, there is 2 dep in the stagecoach area. there is one colorado state trooper in oc, and there is only one dep in yampa and there are no troopers south of oc. adn they can not be responding to calls in the little town of oc

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RickBevan 7 years, 6 months ago

Ok, Genuises:

The 2 cars you see in the parking lot at Town Hall are the ones that were used by the former Code Enforcement Officer, and the recently departed Officer Chris Tritz who went to the Sheriff's Department for better money. Yeah, you will see Chief Koile's car around the bars at night because that's where a lot of the "action" is. People are less likely to cut up when there is an officer present in the room! And who ever came up with Cheif Linda's income...well I'm sure she would like you writing her checks because she doesn't make CLOSE to that. Even when she DID have help, she still logged in over 40+ hrs. per week!

For all you brain ded hacks that have nothing better to do than cut an honest, kind hard working person up, here's a little quip from Einstein: "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from WEAK minds"

Rave on, geniuses!

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