Water plant on tap for board

Oak Creek officials to address project logistics tonight

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Oak Creek Town Board meeting

  • Thursday, April 24, 2008, 7 p.m.
  • Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Boulevard, Oak Creek, CO
  • All ages / Free

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— Oak Creek's three new board members will get their full immersion into the town's pending infrastructure projects Thursday.

The Town Board will hear a presentation from engineer John Connell of Jacobs Carter Burgess, with an update on Oak Creek's ongoing wastewater treatment plant and collection line rehabilitation projects.

Connell will be there in part to update the board's new members on the history and future of the projects, Mayor J. Elliott said.

Work is set to begin at the wastewater treatment plant in July, though the town has yet to enter the bid process for the project. Although the Town Board hoped to get renovations of its water and wastewater plants completed this year, the water plant upgrades have been pushed back to 2009.

In the leadup to Oak Creek's April 1 municipal election, candidates cited fixing infrastructure problems within its limited budget as the biggest issue facing the town. Oak Creek recently has struggled to fund B-licensed operators for both its water and sewer plants, as required by state law.

In other water matters, the Town Board also will discuss raising the rates charged for hauled water, such as when the town fills tanker trucks.

"We currently charge 1 cent per gallon for treated water," Town Clerk Karen Halterman said. "We thought it was probably time to discuss increasing that so it's a little more cost effective for the public works department."

The Town Board also will hear a presentation from the town's Labor Day Committee about special event permits and street closures for the town's Labor Day weekend festivities and discuss pay for board members. In return for their service, the mayor, mayor pro-tem and town trustees receive a nominal salary of less than $100 a month, Halterman said.

In April 2006, after the previous Town Board was sworn in, its members decided to waive board member salaries in light of Oak Creek's meager budget. The new town board will make its decision on pay tonight.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

justathought 5 years, 12 months ago

If they voted to do away with board salaries in 06, how can this board vote to pay themselves? Don't they have to vote to pay future boards, not themselves?

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