Oak Creek Town Board set to continue police talks

Law enforcement issues on agenda for tonight's meeting

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What: Oak Creek Town Board meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Oak Creek Town Hall

Agenda

Hearing: Shorty's restaurant initial liquor license application

General business: Reports or items of concern from board members

Water/sewer payments due

Oak Creek police matters

Amendment to ordinance re: multiple service lines

Staff reports

Adjourn

— The Oak Creek Town Board tonight will review input from Routt County commissioners and residents about the possibility of resurrecting the Oak Creek police force, as the town continues its search for a permanent law enforcement solution.

The 7 p.m. Town Board meeting will be the first since the trustees met with commissioners May 19. At that meeting, the commissioners said they would be willing to consider the possibility of contracting with the town to provide police service through the Routt County Sheriff's Office, but Commissioner Doug Monger said a separate police force likely would be better.

Curry Apartment and Laundromat owner Scott Wedel agreed, saying the town's current approach is missing a central enforcement area.

The town is advertising for a community service officer, capable of handling code violations, and the Sheriff's Office will handle felonies, but misdemeanors are not investigated, Wedel said.

"To me the big gap in the enforcement is the ability to investigate and deal with minor misdemeanors," he said. "Any town employee can write a nuisance code or deal with a dog at large violation; we've already figured that out. It just seems that they're worrying about the wrong issue."

Other business

The board also will address an initial liquor license application from Shorty's, a new restaurant on Moffat Avenue that opened in early May.

The restaurant is on the former site of Big Tuna's. Owner Cody Iacovetto said he hopes to create a 1940s-type atmosphere in the restaurant.

- To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 4 years, 11 months ago

Direct misquote. I did not say "minor" - I said "nonviolent". Sheriff's dept will not investigate nonviolent misdemeanors which includes most burglaries, thefts and so on. And by "investigate" the issue is that if the Sheriff's dept is told there is clear evidence (eyewitness or video recording) of whom did what, they won't take a police report to give to either the DA or your insurance company.

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JusWondering 4 years, 11 months ago

Maybe something Oak Creek should think very hard about its future as so many other small municipalities are: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124337975286456249.html

Can it really afford the police force that it seeks. Less government isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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greenwash 4 years, 11 months ago

I heard they have a dental office now in OC.How amazing is that?I guess they charge by the tooth.

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