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Oak Creek Town Board passes marijuana fees, urban chicken ordinance, liquor tasting ordinance

Michael Schrantz

— A road vacation, two resolutions and three ordinances easily passed during Thursday night's Oak Creek Town Board meeting.

Medical marijuana was the subject of an ordinance and a resolution. The ordinance allowed the Town Board to adopt and change fees by resolution, then the following resolution did just that.

The annual licensing fee for dispensaries grew to $2,000, but the fee for grow operations stayed at $1,000.

Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said more law enforcement time is tied to dispensary businesses than growers.

The application fee is $2,500, and inspection remains at $1,000.

A couple of people interested in the ordinance about keeping chickens in town reportedly were in attendance.

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According to town communication, enforcement of the regulations governing urban chickens has been lax. The ordinance passed Thursday relaxed some of those regulations, allowing chickens to be kept at certain residences without the previously required fee and Town Board approval.

"We did add some due process language in the event there are violations," Page-Allen said, adding that confirmed complaints would be heard by the Town Board.

The remaining ordinance altered the fee structure for liquor licenses and allowed tastings at retail liquor stores and liquor-licensed drugstores. Page-Allen said both businesses in town that meet those descriptions approached her about whether they could hold tastings.

Those business types are allowed tastings under state statute but were omitted in Oak Creek's code.

The Town Board also passed a resolution instituting watering restrictions similar to what was passed in June 2012. The major change is that the town does not need to start drawing on Sheriff's Reservoir before the restrictions take effect.

The Stage I watering restrictions enacted are voluntary. Mayor Nikki Knoebel along with Public Works Director Tom Holliday can enact mandatory Stage 2 restrictions, but any further restrictions must come back to the Town Board.

Also Thursday, the road vacation for a part of the S. Arthur Street alley adjacent to 408 Bell Ave. was passed with a trail easement, in addition to utility and drainage easements, to allow access to the pump track bike park.

In other Oak Creek news, the town recently received a $5,000 grant from the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to implement a capital improvements plan.

While going through the town's policy matrix in recent meetings, Page-Allen said, it became apparent that a comprehensive plan was needed to give guidance about the order and priority of upcoming projects. A request for proposal for an agency to help compile the plan should be forthcoming, she said.

The town also is involved in finding an engineering firm for its water distribution system replacement project and to contract with on an hourly basis for other needs.

Other grant funds the town has received include $2,500 from LiveWell Northwest Colorado to help with providing food service for Oak Creek's new summer day camp program.

The program currently has 26 children signed up, not all of whom will be daily participants, and can handle 30 children per day. The town's new recreation coordinator, Sarai Cox, will be at the South Routt Community Center accepting those who want to register from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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