Oak Creek to swear in board

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What: Oak Creek Town Board meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.

— After going over their routine business one last time, trustees John Crawford, Tom Bleuer and Steve "Spike" Beven will depart the Oak Creek Town Board tonight - and new faces will be sworn in to take their place.

Incumbent Mayor J. Elliott will be sworn in at tonight's meeting, along with four trustees. Chuck Wisecup, who was appointed to the Town Board in Dec. 2006, will be sworn in for his first elected term as trustee. Wendy Gustafson, Dave Ege and Josh Voorhis will join Oak Creek's governing body for the first time.

Wisecup, Gustafson, Ege and Voorhis garnered the most votes in Oak Creek's April 1 election, with Crawford and Beven falling short in their re-election bids. Bleuer did not seek re-election.

Newly elected trustee Ege said he is excited to finally take his seat at the table.

"The first meeting will just be getting us familiar with the ins and outs," Ege said. "Then it'll be business as usual, just with some new faces."

The Town Board will set a date for Oak Creek's annual Clean-Up Day at tonight's meeting. Last year, the event was held June 16. The date needs to be set late enough to ensure the snow has melted, but before all the town's summer events kick off, Elliott said.

Elliott also will appoint responsibilities to the new trustees including assigning them to boards including oversight commissions for town administration and the Public Works Department.

In other business, the Town Board will consider renewing the liquor license of the Colorado Bar & Grill, which is owned by Mayor J. Elliott and his wife, Becky. The Town Board also will hear a presentation from Renee Johnson, president of the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg, about the 99-year lease for the Tracks and Trails Museum, located in Oak Creek's Old Town Hall.

"It's going to be a while before the new board gets their handle on things," Elliott said. "It's important to get these guys up to speed as quickly as possible."

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