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Oak Creek Town Board OK Building Department’s new fees

— The Town Board OK'd the bumps during its meeting Thursday, just two days after the Routt County Board of Commissioners approved the new fees. The Town of Oak Creek became the first municipality to approve the Routt County Regional Building Department's proposed permit fee increases.

The Building Department has proposed the fees increase as the intergovernmental agreements are renewed between the department and each incorporated area of the county. Under the agreement with the town, Routt County Building Official Carl Dunham also acts as the building official for Oak Creek.

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved the first reading of the fee increases earlier this month but wanted to see the county commissioners' stance before it votes for final approval.

In a presentation to the Oak Creek Town Board, Dunham said he'd like the fee increases to be adopted throughout the county. If Oak Creek officials voted against the increases, Dunham said the wait time for plan review for buildings within town limits would increase from the current two- or three-week waiting period.

"The goal here is time," Dunham said. "We're trading time for money."

In 2008, the Building De­partment issued 50 permits worth $11,432 in Oak Creek. Through November of this year, the department has issued 51 permits worth $8,981. The difference in revenue came from fewer additions and alterations to dwellings, and more smaller permits including plumbing and mechanical sub-permits.

Greenwood resigns

Trustee and Public Works Commissioner Gerry Green­wood resigned from the board via a letter. His resignation was effective immediately. Greenwood stated in his letter that he could no longer fulfill his duties because of a new job. He became the third board member to resign since September.

The town will advertise for the new position before holding an election at the board's Jan. 14 meeting. Former commissioners Dave Ege and Dave Fisher also resigned recently. Ege was replaced by Nikki Knoebel, and Fisher by Dawn Smith. The appointed members will serve only until the town's election in April.

New police officer to start

Oak Creek Administrative Training Officer Eileen Rossi introduced Lance Dunaway, the town's new police officer, to the board Thursday. Rossi said the final background checks and paperwork should be finished today to allow Dunaway to be sworn in as the town's only police officer. The town also has one community service officer who is in charge of enforcing town code and handling animal complaints.

Sledding hill

A portion of Moffat Avenue will be closed for the winter and used as a sledding hill after Debby Wisecup and Theresa Kelliher presented a petition with about 60 signatures supporting the proposal. The town has closed the hill in some past years, but the plan usually meets resistance from at least a couple of residents. Nobody spoke against the proposal during Thursday's meeting, but Greenwood submitted a letter opposing the move because it blocks off part of his property.

Kelliher said closing the road would be safer than another hill used in the area because it would allow access for ambulances and would allow parents to watch their children easily.

"We've had a lot of discussion about turning Oak Creek back into a family-oriented community," she said. "That was something that was huge when I moved here 11 or 12 years ago."

Trustee Chuck Wisecup said emergency responders would not use that road for emergencies anyway because it is too steep. Wisecup abstained from the vote because Debby Wisecup is his wife. The board also discussed possible liability concerns, but Mayor J Elliott said the move actually could decrease liability because ambulance access would be easier.

The town will build snow berms and set up barricades at the base of the street and will keep the road blocked off for the remainder of the winter. The board approved the closure only for this winter.