Oak Creek transfers funds for budget


— In order to balance Oak Creek's budget, the Oak Creek Town Board made a $250,000 transfer from the town's electric fund to its general fund Thursday night.

Mayor J. Elliott, who has decried the accounting practice of transferring money among the town's accounts, admitted that the one-time transfer was necessary.

"This is from prior years that should have been transferred through resolution that never were," he said. "We've all talked about it; we've all agreed on it. It's just to balance our budget on the books."

The town's projected deficit is about $228,091.

Treasurer Sandy Jacobs said that transferring $250,000 gives the general fund "a running start."

Despite advice from Denver-based auditor Tim Mayberry, who said transferring money is not a widely accepted accounting practice, the town opted to make the transfer to resolve its deficit.

"I don't think it's a good idea, you all know how I feel about taking money from the electric fund to balance the general fund," Elliott said. "This resolves the issue."

The transfer was approved, 6-1. Town Board member John Crawford was the lone dissenting vote.

The board also agreed to discuss its 2008 supplemental budget at an upcoming meeting.

In other business, the Town Board:

- Heard from Oak Creek Planning Commissioner Gerry Greenwood, who is concerned about an Oak Creek resident operating a business without first coming before the Planning Commission. Greenwood urged the board to be consistent and enforce the town's land-use code.

- Heard from Oak Creek resident Rachel Green, who had concerns about who was responsible for paying for a power pole that fell on her property in January.

- Approved its Sept. 27 meeting minutes and September accounts payable.

- Heard from Gerry Green-

wood regarding his Arthur Avenue property, and a waiver of First Right of Refusal by the town.

- Approved a resolution of the town's wastewater enterprise fund authorizing the issuance of a promissory note.

-To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com


whyquestion 9 years, 2 months ago



Ms_E_Bronte 9 years, 2 months ago

knowitall...it's not "Jerry's...advisory board"...it's the Town of Oak Creek's...if you "knowitall" you should state the correct facts. What is the new business?


80488mom 9 years, 2 months ago

We live in between Oak Creek and Steamboat. If I need something from the store on my days off I will run to Oak Creek. I love the Super Select. They have a lot of things you can't find at Safeway or King Soopers and a nice line of health food products. The same holds true for eating out. We spend our "eating out" dollars there. We had a wonderful dinner at Chelsea's this evening and it was packed. We aren't the only ones wandering that direction. They also have the nicest thrift store and I love the earthiness of the people. The town isn't cut from a cookie cutter and has character. I don't know why you would comment "poor soul" on whoever wanted to open a business there.


Ms_E_Bronte 9 years, 2 months ago

80488...nicely stated and I agree. However, if a new business opens up in Oak Creek, there are certain procedures that need to be followed and Mr. Greenwood is only doing his job on behalf of the Town. From what I understand, tax licenses were not being obtained by certain businesses, among other concerns,...thus a loss of revenues to the Town occurred. Most new businesses follow these procedures, but there are always those few who don't think they have to.

The present Town board and administration is making good progress after what was dropped in their laps after the resignation of the former mayor. Too bad some don't see it that way!


dimwitiguess 9 years, 2 months ago

Oak Creek is a great town. We were there yesterday again. My family enjoys meeting friends, having dinner there, and attending their celebrations. The character of Oak Creek is what makes it what it is.

Look at all of the arguing and division in Steamboat Springs. This is what is quickly becoming Steamboat's character: whining, political BS, hatred, horn honking, cliquishness, one-upsmanship, boasting, know-it-all attitudes, and an arrogance that insults humanness, and a RAG TAG tabloid that sees itself as the center of our nouveaux-nobility and a purveyor of wisdom.


Slapper 9 years, 2 months ago

Gerry Greenwood is very knowledgeable and an asset to the Planning Commission. His point is valid and I hope they and the Board review all businesses that have moved or expanded without going through the proper process.


80488mom 9 years, 1 month ago

dimwitiguess - very well said. I agree wholeheartedly. That's why we frequent Oak Creek and leave Steamboat behind when we head home from work.


Ms_E_Bronte 9 years, 1 month ago

How come the Town Board isn't listening to Mr. Greenwood? How about customer parking in that area? That's a bad corner...I know because I drive by there every day. What kind of business is it? No one ever seems to be around, although there are vehicles parked there going in every direction! Thought it was a construction site! Bad visibility coming around that corner!


Ms_E_Bronte 9 years, 1 month ago

Town Board of Oak Creek, are you reading this? Remember, what you do for one business, you have to do for all of them. Be careful about picking and choosing...precedents! Get this new business to conform and follow the guides/rules just like the other businesses have. Don't businesses/residents within a certain boundary of the new business need to be notified also? Just wondering.


Slapper 9 years, 1 month ago

it's next to the nursery started by the folks who ran the failed calamity jane's.


JQPUBLIC 9 years, 1 month ago

knowitall's comment is actually laughable, sounds like another of the "rules are for everyone but me" crowd. I don't think anyone is against new business but it needs to be done right. Bronte's parking questions would have been addressed had the owners cared enough about the town to follow the rules. The board needs to have the OCPD give cease and desist orders to any business opening without town approval. If you don't enforce the rules with one business you haven't got a leg to stand on when others start popping up.


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