Steamboat Springs Oak Creek's ongoing infrastructure projects, including improvements to the town's water and sewer treatment plants, likely will be job No. 1 for the new Town Board.
Tuesday's elections brought three new members onto the Town Board. They are Wendy Gustafson, Dave Ege and Josh Voorhis. Incumbent Town Board member Chuck Wisecup was re-elected. Fellow incumbents Steve "Spike" Beven and John Crawford fell short in their re-election bids.
Mayor J. Elliott won another two-year term, edging former mayor and Oak Creek Planning Commissioner member Gerry Greenwood by three votes.
With the major infrastructure projects Oak Creek is preparing to tackle, the Town Board's newest members will have to hit the ground running, Wisecup said Wednesday. The new Town Board will be sworn in during an April 10 meeting.
"Some of them have been attending meetings pretty regularly, but there's always a learning curve for any new members," Wisecup said.
Elliott suggested there won't be much time to worry about learning curves.
"We've got to get this sewer line handled," Elliott said. "I'd just hate to stick these new guys into something that heavy right off, but we don't have a choice."
Both Crawford and Beven served as public works commissioners for Oak Creek, meaning those vacancies likely are to be filled by the new trustees. However, Elliott can move around any trustee to or from the public works, administrative or police commissions.
"After each election, the mayor can make his recommendations for who should serve where," Wisecup said. Final assignments require ratification by the Town Board, he said.
At its March 27 meeting - the last full meeting of the outgoing Town Board, Trustee Dave Fisher was appointed liaison for the wastewater and sewer projects.
"What the experts are telling us is that we need to split it - do the wastewater treatment plant this year and have everything in place so they can start with the water plant as soon as the snows come off next year," Elliott said. "It was just too much to get everything done at once."
Work at Oak Creek's wastewater treatment plant is due to begin in July, Elliott said.
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