Oak Creek The town of Oak Creek is one step closer to finding a code enforcement officer after a half dozen applicants applied for the position.
"They're all good applicants and good stuff," said Eileen Rossi, who is handling the applications.
The position would be part time, probably 20 to 32 hours a week, Rossi said, and the salary is not decided. The officer would not have the power to arrest people but would be able to write tickets and enforce municipal code, something that is not addressed in coverage by the Routt County Sheriff's Office.
Karen Tussey, of the Yampa Town Board, sent a letter of inquiry to the Oak Creek Town Board earlier this year, bringing up the possibility of sharing the officer between the two towns.
Tussey said that by creating a full-time position, it could be more attractive to potential applicants, but the two boards have not met to discuss the idea. Tussey said she does not expect the agreement to be worked out any time soon.
Oak Creek has not had a full police force since Chief Russ Caterinicchio, Sgt. Erik Foster and code enforcement officer Tony VanDeventer resigned in September. The Sheriff's Office responds to major calls but does not enforce municipal code or address most misdemeanors.
At a Thursday meeting of the Oak Creek Town Board, the board approved a liquor license for Shorty's restaurant and rejected a request of $71,500 for engineering work at the wastewater treatment plant. Trustee Dave Ege said the trustees will have a meeting to discuss why the engineering work is needed and to get more justification before the expense is approved.