Oak Creek OK's raises


— Oak Creek's administrative staff received an $8,800 raise Thursday night.

Oak Creek Town Board members approved the combined raise for town clerk Karen Halterman and billing clerk Vivian Johnson during Thursday's meeting. Board member John Crawford was the lone dissenting vote. Crawford argued that town employees are overpaid and that the town cannot afford the increased salaries.

Halterman requested the salary raise for the town's remaining full-time administrative staff because the two are responsible for handling all town matters, including administering grants, a position formerly held by former Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman.

Halterman, Johnson and part-time Treasurer Sandy Jacobs are the town's only administrative staff, following budget cuts and resignations.

Jacobs was not included in the $8,800 raise because she previously received a $2-per-hour raise from the Town Board. Jacobs is now paid $22 an hour. She normally charges $30 an hour for her work.

During the discussion, the board agreed the raises would be retroactive to Jan. 1. The board also implemented a new policy that raises for all town employees will only be awarded after an annual performance review.

In other business, the Town Board:

- Set its next budget work session for 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Oak Creek Town Hall.

- Set a comprehensive plan work session for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Oak Creek Town Hall. A Colorado Department of Local Affairs representative will be speaking at the work session. The public is encouraged to attend.

- Requested the Routt Coun-

ty Board of Commissioners make a contribution to the town's centennial celebration budget.

- Decided to change health insurance brokers. The town will now use Cook Associates of Denver.

- Authorized Halterman to write-off about $6,800 in unpaid utilities.

- Appointed Halterman to the South Routt Community Center Board of Directors.

- Decided not to lease the Hageman property for snow storage.

-To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com


whyquestion 10 years, 3 months ago

why is the money owed town of o.c. being written off????? is not the town in bad financial shape????? did decifit cargo strike again????? and her cohorts the previous treasurers????? what is the total being written off for 2006???


aristocat 10 years, 3 months ago

Why if the town was $300,000 short on the budget for 2007, would it give raises adding another $100,00 plus to the deficit. That dang Cargo strikes again with her over spending of Oak Creek's money! With the salaries that were added when she left ($2400 for Cargo and $2000 for cleaning crew) anyone can see where OaK Creek is now better off! Whatever was John Crawford thinking about questioning that math?


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