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Oak Creek approves land-use code recommendations

Michael Schrantz

— The Oak Creek Town Board held a public hearing Thursday night for land-use code changes recommended by the Oak Creek Planning Commission. Members from the Planning Commission, trustee Chuck Wisecup, who attended the March commission meeting where the changes were recommended, and Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen were on hand, but no members of the public came forward to comment. The Town Board approved the recommendations, 3-0. Wisecup abstained, noting he supported the changes at the commission meeting.

The recommendations will not be finalized until an ordinance including the changes is passed at a future Town Board meeting.

Changes recommended by the commission include modifying the definitions of agricultural, light industrial, dwelling unit and residential. The changes to agricultural and industrial mainly were directed at specifying that growing operations be considered an industrial use.

Changes that were tabled at the March Planning Commission meeting that will be revisited at its next meeting include definitions of mobile, modular and manufactured homes and buffer yard requirements. The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Before Thursday's meeting, the Town Board swore in Wendy Gustafson as a Town Board member and Nikki Knoebel as Oak Creek mayor. Both were the only ones to submit nominating petitions for those vacancies and were considered elected by the ordinance canceling the April election.

Wisecup submitted a letter of interest to the Town Board and was appointed during the meeting to a two-year term — 3-0, with Wisecup abstaining — and sworn in.

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The Town Board still has two vacancies that must be filled by June 3 to avoid calling for an election, which would be financially costly for the town.

"Hopefully, we can get the word out that meetings are run very smoothly," Mayor Knoebel said.

In other action, the Town Board:

■ Appointed as municipal officers Page-Allen as town administrator, Sandra L. Jacobs as treasurer, Lance Dunaway as administrative police chief and Robert Weiss as town attorney. Ralph Cantafio was appointed as municipal judge, 4-0.

■ Extended the deadline for the potable water tank project, 4-0.

■ Approved a job description for a part-time police officer position, 4-0, and approved job descriptions for public works maintenance workers Nos. 1, 2 and 3 with amendments, 4-0.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4254 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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