Oak Creek Town Board meeting ends in executive session

Board eyes wastewater plant

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— The Oak Creek Town Board went into a brief executive session at its Thursday night meeting to seek legal advice from town attorney Bob Weiss.

Weiss, who told Town Board members and town staff not to talk about the issue at hand, said the executive session related to the new wastewater treatment plant.

“There are several issues that need to be resolved,” Weiss said, “and it involves various issues with the plant’s operation and construction. I discussed those matters with the Town Board (Thursday evening) and explained their legal position.”

The wastewater treatment project was in the planning stages for several years before construction began a year and a half ago to replace an antiquated system. Local contractor Duckels Construction was awarded the general contracting bid, and Jacobs Engineering served as the engineering contractor.

The project was paid for mainly by almost $3 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, as well as contributions from the town.

The plant was considered fully operational in March, and the Town Board approved a recommendation for substantial completion at its March 24 meeting.

“There are some issues with the parties involved,” Weiss said.

He said he couldn’t yet elaborate on what those issues were.

“We talked about various options available to the board and what they want me to do.”

Weiss said he was working on the issue and said more information would be available through public discussion in the coming weeks.

In other action, the Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday:

■ Approved, 4-0, the transfer of Tim Geiger’s water and sewer tap fees on an undeveloped property to another property in town he does not own. The town assessed a $200 transfer fee.

■ Approved, 4-0, accounts payable for May 2011 through June 15, 2011.

■ Approved, 4-0, Additional Services Agreement No. 2 from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund Grant for mitigation of disinfectant byproducts.

■ Approved, 3-1, holding cleanup day this summer at a cost of $2,050 and charging $10 per truckload to haul off trash. Trustee Wendy Gustafson opposed offering clean-up day.

■ Approved, 4-0, an ordinance granting the town the option to increase fees for public records requests annually via resolution.

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

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