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Oak Creek Town Board meets Thursday

Nicole Inglis

— The Oak Creek Town Board will have a long evening Thursday as budget talks, land use changes and medical marijuana resurface in the wake of this year's election.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Oak Creek Town Hall for a budget workshop. Because Referendums 2E and 2D failed last week, the town can move forward knowing it will be without an extra 1 percent sales tax to help fund the police department, but with an estimated $8,000 in medical marijuana license fees.

Then, at its semimonthly meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, the board will conduct three hearings. The first is a liquor license renewal hearing for the Elks Tavern.

The second is a land use change of minor impact for a building on Sharp Street that used to house the Depot Day Spa.

South Routt residents Jamie and Julie Hoff submitted an application for a land use change for the building and appeared before the Oak Creek Planning Commission on Tuesday to change the use from commercial to mixed-use commercial/residential.

The Planning Commission is not recommending approval of the change. Planning Commission chairman Jeff Gustafson said the building is in Performance District 1, which favors businesses that generate sales tax and storefronts.

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Gustafson said Wednesday that the Hoffs' plan included a residential space that would face the street and a business office that would not generate sales tax.

The final hearing is for Mary's Medical to move its grow operation off premises to 209 Nancy Crawford Blvd. This hearing was tabled until after the election, and the owners of Mary's have not yet appeared before the Planning Commission.

As for action items, the Town Board will discuss the water tank project, ongoing legal proceedings regarding the wastewater treatment plant project and police officer Eileen Rossi's contract.

For more information, call town clerk Karen Halterman at 970-736-2422.

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

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