Oak Creek vote gets tabled again

Board to vote on member at next meeting

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— A vote on whether to accept an Oak Creek resident as the new Oak Creek Town Board member was tabled a second time at Thursday’s meeting, because a board member wanted the opportunity to interview the candidate.

Dave Maris was the lone applicant for the seat last month, submitting a letter of interest for the spot vacated by Lawrence Jaconetta in May. At the Town Board meeting June 23, Trustees Dawn Smith and Wendy Gustafson were absent, leaving only three board members and Knoebel to vote on whether to accept Maris.

In the case of that many absences, Knoebel votes as a board member to complete the quorum. The mayor’s vote normally is used only as a tiebreaker in any other case. When the June 23 vote ended in a 2-2 tie, the board tabled the vote because there was no way to break the tie.

At Thursday’s meeting, Wendy Gustafson was added to the mix, with Dawn Smith absent. Because Maris was out of town and unable to attend the meeting, Gustafson said she was in favor of tabling the vote so she could talk to him about the position.

In addition to the new board member discussion, the board approved, 4-0, a contract for Richard “Jethro” Sterling, project engineer on the water tank project. His pay will be $37.50 an hour, and the board added an amendment to the contract that set a timeframe on the minimum 30 hours a week schedule. The amendment said that was good only from Nov. 1 to April 30.

The board also was updated on a project at Sheriff’s Reservoir by Richard Henderson, of the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service plans to build a concrete wall in the body of water to keep healthy cutthroat trout away from a population of invasive species with whirling disease. Henderson said they should be awarding the contract in the next few weeks.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

First off, story error: "June 23, Trustees Dawn Smith and Wendy Gustafson were absent ... At Thursday’s meeting, Wendy Gustafson was added to the mix, with Dawn Smith absent." So Dawn Smith was absent both times, so which Board Member was there 6/23 and not 7/14?

Second, I find the whole concept of needing to ask questions of the ONLY APPLICANT to be amusing.

It'd be even funnier if the current members of the Town Board were also expected to answer those questions.

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Blythe Terrell 3 years, 5 months ago

Scott, three board members were there on June 23, which meant that Nikki Knoebel voted to make a quorum and the 2-2 tie at that meeting. Neither Wendy nor Dawn was present, but Wendy was present this week. Johrene Meyers-Story, Chuck Wisecup and Bernie Gagne were the board members present June 23. There were three board members and the mayor present. This week, there were four board members and the mayor. Does that make sense? Blythe Terrell City Editor

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

Or did the Town Board really have 5 people and still not take action on filling the vacant seat and only 4 voted on the contract?

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

Oops, wrote previous post as yours was posted. Was there a reason that someone did not (only 4 of 5 present) voted on the contract with Jethro?

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spidermite 3 years, 5 months ago

Scott, Yesterday, your comment supported the position the town board took on interviewing the new applicant You praised the qualifications of the current board members. Now this comment! We can only assume you are unhappy with the results of this meeting. Did they raise the fees on the mj center and the grow operations?

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Blythe Terrell 3 years, 5 months ago

Scott, the mayor votes only if there is a tiebreaker vote needed or if there is not a quorum. If there are four board members present and the vote is 4-0, there is no need for Nikki to cast a vote. Blythe

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 5 months ago

Spidermite, My comment's mention of "overqualified" was meant as a satirical jab and not an actual concern.

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