Oak Creek, museum to split temporary roof repairs

Town Board issues complaint to county for C.R. 50Z


— Oak Creek Town Board and the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg agreed Thursday to split the cost of temporary repairs to the roof of the old town hall, which now houses the Tracks and Trails Museum.

The two-year-old roof on the museum leaks at a seam across the building and the seam between old town hall and the adjacent fire station, Historical Society President Renee Johnson said.

Temporary caulking that cost $200 was installed to help protect the electrical systems, a cost the Town Board agreed to split. Oak Creek still owns the old town hall building and leases it to the historical society.

Long-term repairs will have to wait until the snow melts and will be readdressed in the spring, Mayor J. Elliott said. The historical society and town staff are researching the roof's warranty.

Jonathan Wheby, who serves on the town's police focus group, gave a presentation Thursday about enforcing the town's municipal codes, spurring a nearly hour-long discussion with the board. Wheby said he thinks the town's codes have been applied unfairly, citing himself as an example.

When a shed on Wheby's property was partially built over a setback and a subsequent variance request was denied, he promptly moved the shed, Wheby. He added that he thinks it's unfair that he was held to the codes by the Planning Commission, while other people in town flagrantly disobey Oak Creek's nuisance ordinance.

In last year's community survey, sent out by the Britina Design Group as part an overhaul to the town's comprehensive plan, 85 percent of respondents indicated that Oak Creek should do more to regulate the appearance of personal property, such as overgrown lawns and abandoned cars, Wheby said.

Town Board officials responded that of the two properties Wheby specifically complained about, one is headed to court as part of the abatement process the town started last year.

"At the time we had the police department, we were moving in the right direction" with abatement, Trustee Josh Voorhis said.

"All I can reiterate is, it's being worked on," Trustee Dave Ege said.

The other parcel, Routt County Road 50Z adjacent to Colorado Highway 131, is actually in the county, where Oak Creek has no jurisdiction. Wheby asked the town board to submit a complaint to the county, and they obliged.

The Town Board voted to fill out Routt County's zoning violating complaint form, asking for a review of any code violations along that stretch of C.R. 50Z. Ege opposed the vote, and Trustee David Fisher abstained.

The Town Board also renewed the liquor license for Chelsea's Restaurant and approved a resolution appointing former municipal judge Bob Sonheim as Oak Creek's deputy municipal judge. Sonheim resigned from the position in 2008 because of increasing caseload, and Ralph Cantafio was hired to take his place. However, Cantafio recused himself from an upcoming municipal court case because of a relationship with the defendant. Sonheim will hear that case and serve as a back-up judge as needed.

Sonheim's pay was not determined in Thursday's resolution. Voorhis voted against it, saying he wanted to know how much Sonheim's appointment would cost the town before deciding.


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