Oak Creek board sworn in

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— Mayor J. Elliott was sworn in for another term at the helm, and Chuck Wisecup, Wendy Gustafson, Dave Ege and Josh Voorhis were sworn in as members of the Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday night.

Trustees John Crawford and Tom Bleuer departed the town's governing body along with absentee Trustee Steve "Spike" Beven.

Wisecup and the board's three newcomers garnered the most votes in Oak Creek's April 1 municipal election. Crawford and Beven fell short in their re-election bids. Bleuer did not seek another term.

Elliott appointed new and returning board members various responsibilities at Thursday night's meeting. Trustee Angie Krall, who was absent, was reappointed Mayor Pro-Tem, as well as an administrative commissioner along with Gustafson. Wisecup was reappointed police commissioner along with Ege. Voorhis and Fisher were assigned to the public works commission.

The new Town Board's first action was the unanimous renewal of the Colorado Bar & Grill's liquor license. Elliott, who co-owns the establishment with his wife, abstained from the discussion.

The board also approved the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg's proposed 99-year lease for a Main Street site that the organization plans to redevelop adjacent to the Tracks and Trails Museum.

"We've got plans for the whole coal display area," historical society President Renee Johnson said.

The Town Board also scheduled Oak Creek's annual Clean-Up Day for June 7. At the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Soroco High School athletic field, residents will be able to drop off oversize items, metal, tires and other trash for free disposal and recycling.

Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio advised residents to obey the town's disposal policies, because the Police Department plans to move into a period of tough enforcement.

"We will be aggressively enforcing abandoned cars, trash - the whole gamut," Caterinicchio said.

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