Steamboat Springs Oak Creek has been looking for parties interested in serving on its Town Board since before it canceled an election for a lack of candidates in April. No one came forward then, and if no one does soon, the town will have to call for an election in June. But the Town Board might be willing to sweeten the pot — just a little.
During a work session Thursday with the Town Board about personnel policies and procedures, Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen suggested adding water and sewer services as compensation for board members who live within the service district — a perk already available to full-time town employees.
Town Board members traditionally receive some compensation on a per-meeting basis, but the current board has waived that benefit. On Thursday, no decision was made about the potential benefit, but Town Board members expressed that if the change was made, it should apply only to incoming members. The board requested Page-Allen gather information about the potential financial impact.
Whether the savings could lure a potential board member in or if the gesture alone is enough, the town could save the $3,000 typically budgeted for an election.
Other personnel items discussed include clarification regarding which employees are eligible to participate in the town’s 457 deferred compensation plan and creating a classification of regular employee that would include year-round positions, even those that are part time.
Thursday’s work session was the second such meeting, and Page-Allen hopes to have the updated personnel policies and procedures handbook adopted May 24 to fulfill requirements before a potential July 1 effective date.
Getting up to speed
Updating personnel policies is just one of many items Page-Allen has been working on during her first few months as Oak Creek’s town administrator. She said she has a list of 23 things she is continuing to work on, and the town is starting to reap the benefits.
“Things are going pretty well,” Page-Allen said. “We’re looking at things, talking to employees. The board seems to be productive.”
On the agenda for future Town Board meetings are updates to the municipal code and examining water and sewer rates.
The town’s transition from a flat rate for water and sewer services to a metered system is gaining steam. The installation of a meter now is required with any new building permit, and as part of the its membership in the Colorado Rural Water Association, the town is having a water rate structure study done. The meters will be read quarterly, and the study will help the town address any affordability issues.
Projects such as these have kept Page-Allen busy, and more are on the horizon. “It’s really just trying to bring a lot of things together,” she said.
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