Read more about the candidates for Oak Creek Town Board here.
The Oak Creek Town Board election is Tuesday. Everybody who requested a permanent mail-in ballot during the last election already should have received one. Those ballots must be turned in by 7 p.m. Tuesday to Oak Creek Town Hall. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Voters must bring a driver’s license or photo ID. The last day to register to vote was March 8. For more information, call Town Hall at 736-2422.
Lawrence Jaconetta said it’s his turn to become a member of the Oak Creek Town Board so he can serve the community he’s lived in for the past four years.
“I feel like it’s a civic duty, like being a juror,” he said. “I’m excited, but at the same time, I’d like my every other Thursday free.”
Jaconetta operates Oak Creek businesses Lupita’s Cantina burrito restaurant, downtown O.C. Ink Drilling Co. tattoo parlor and South Routt Computer Guys, along with Local Flavor catering, based in Steamboat Springs.
As a businessman, Jaconetta said he’s ready to sit down with other Town Board members to figure out the best ways to bring business to town.
One of the keys will “most likely (be) generating more revenue, whether through sales tax or special events, or just generating more revenue for the town,” he said. “It’s hanging on by a thread, it seems like.”
“I’m hoping to play off other individuals and … manifest something that’s a little bigger and brighter,” he said.
Jaconetta admitted he’s “psyched, I’m not all that psyched” for the duties Town Board entails. With a young daughter, he said he would like the time with his family, but he’s willing to sit down to figure out how to make the town better.
“I’m not going to be there every time, but I’ll be there for most of them and give it all I’ve got,” he said.
Jaconetta said he hopes to maintain the quality of life in Oak Creek that he appreciates. He said he was “pushed out” of Steamboat when the cost of housing became too high, and he said Oak Creek and its people have been a good fit.
“Since moving out to Oak Creek, I’d probably never move back to Steamboat,” he said. “It’s definitely the
people … there are a lot of younger people.”
Previous and current Town Board members have done a good job, Jaconetta said, to bring the budget “back to zero” after deficits, and that’s something he hopes to continue.
“I hope to hold the tradition the last board had and come up with some good, fresh ideas so we can maintain quality of life in Oak Creek,” he said.