Johrene Meyers-Story is running to become a trustee on the Oak Creek Town Board.

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Johrene Meyers-Story is running to become a trustee on the Oak Creek Town Board.

Meyers-Story: Town has plenty to offer

Oak Creek candidate says youth rec options, promotion important

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Oak Creek Town Board election

The polls for the Oak Creek Town Board election are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall. Voters must live within town limits and present a driver’s license or other photo ID to vote. All mailed ballots also must be returned today by 7 p.m. to Oak Creek Town Hall. For more information, call Town Hall at 736-2422.

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To learn more about Johrene Meyers-Story, read her candidate questionnaire here.

— Growing up in Steamboat Springs, Johrene Meyers-Story spent a lot of time at the Dinty Moore restaurant in Oak Creek with her aunt and uncle, Noreen and Dinty Moore. Now, after Dinty Moore has closed and as other businesses struggle, Meyers-Story said she wants to help the town thrive by becoming a trustee on the Oak Creek Town Board.

“I want to stay here, I want all these businesses to survive, I want our homes to be OK,” she said. “I love the small town, this is what my husband and I want for ourselves and our town. So I just care.”

Like most town residents, Meyers-Story and her husband, Dan, watched as their water and electric bills rose in the past couple of years.

“I realized that if I’m going to sit here and complain about my bills getting higher, I need to get in there and get involved,” she said.

So Meyers-Story is now one of the five candidates running for four open trustee positions on the Town Board. Mayoral candidate Nikki Knoebel is unopposed.

One of her first goals is to do a better job advertising what Oak Creek has to offer, and the attractions that surround the town.

“We need to change the way we look at things economically and start looking outside the box about how we can market ourselves better. We have a lot to offer,” she said. “I think we really need to put up signs from all different directions. We have food here, hopefully we’ll have a gas station back and add that to the sign. We need to try to advertise what we have surrounding us — the Flat Tops, the museum. … In my opinion we have an excellent coffee shop and excellent thrift store, and we had the best Chinese restaurant.”

To encourage more visitors, Meyers-Story suggested hiring a town manager, or creating a visitor center.

“Those are small steps toward economic development,” she said.

As for activities in town, Meyers-Story is active in the youth hockey program and is co-president of the Oak Creek Hockey Association, where her son, Aidan, 7, plays. She said her daughter, Bella, 5, soon will join the program.

“I absolutely believe that there is a need for a recreation area for the youth in the community, as well as all community members. I feel very strongly that this is a priority, and it is needed in the community, hands down,” Meyers-Story wrote in response to a candidate questionnaire.

“In order to provide this service, we need to look at what spaces we already have, for example the park and the ice rink. If we could use both or one of these spaces as an area for kids to come and play basketball, skateboard, roller blade, play tennis, volleyball or ultimately, one day, a local swimming pool.”

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

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