Oak Creek is seeking $37,490 in grant funds to finance accessibility improvements to the South Routt Community Center.

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Oak Creek is seeking $37,490 in grant funds to finance accessibility improvements to the South Routt Community Center.

Oak Creek tentatively OKs bid

Community Center improvements depend on grant funds

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— The Oak Creek Town Board tentatively approved a bid Thursday from Blue Water Developments for accessibility improvements to the South Routt Community Center, though work will not get under way until supplemental grant funds are received from the state.

The handicapped access to the Community Center's second floor, its primary meeting space, will be revamped with heated exterior parking that will eliminate the long, icy ramp wheelchairs must navigate in the winter.

Before construction can begin, Oak Creek is waiting to hear back from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs on a request for $37,490 in supplemental grant funds, to finish financing the $137,000 project.

However, the town is unsure how long it will take the state to respond to its request, Mayor J. Elliott said.

"Once we get the go-ahead, the contractors are going to roll," Trustee Dave Ege said. "It's probably not going to be before the snow flies."

However, everyone is "cautiously optimistic" that the project can be completed by the end of the year, Ege said.

The state initially granted Oak Creek $65,000 for the renovations, but rising construction costs and improvements to the renovation plans increased the price of the project since it first was engineered in 2004.

Because the town must act as the granting agency for DOLA funds, the South Routt Community Center temporarily was deeded back to Oak Creek at the project's inception. Hence the town, rather than the Community Center's board, will be the agency to sign the construction contract.

The Town Board also renewed Select Super's 3.2 liquor license at its meeting Thursday, and discussed investigating an underground leak in the town's water tank.

"We're going to have a gentleman come up and dive into the water tank and see how much it will cost to fix that," Ege said.

No decisions were made Thursday on the future of the Oak Creek Police Department, though the police commissioners are expected to discuss that issue next week, Ege said.

"We're just trying to get all our ducks in a row," he said.

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