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Oak Creek town employees in flux

Nicole Inglis

— Two Oak Creek town employees are taking on larger roles while the town deals with filling vacancies and restructuring personnel.

Town employee Vivian Johnson is filling the position of town clerk, which was vacated by Karen Halterman in November.

The Oak Creek Town Board offered an update on the search to fill the new position of town administrator during Thursday's semimonthly meeting. Mayor Nikki Knoebel announced five finalists for the position, which will replace the town clerk position and includes additional responsibilities.

One finalist, Mary Alice Page-Allen, lives in Steamboat. The other four finalists — Dennis Stark, Harry Staven, Andrea Phillips and Jane O'Toole — live outside of Routt County. O'Toole has a second home in Stagecoach.

Knoebel said a panel will interview the five finalists and narrow the field to two before the town's Jan. 26 meeting, when she anticipates the board will vote on a top choice.

During the meeting, the town approved, 6-0, a $2-per-hour raise for Johnson for the 3-month period she has been filling in as town clerk.

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In addition, the Public Works Department also is undergoing transition. Public Works Director Bob Redding submitted a letter of resignation Dec. 14 and announced he has taken another job. His last day was Dec. 30.

Public Works employee Tom Holliday, who was hired in September to replace Stu Hassell, was appointed during the meeting, 5-0, as the interim Public Works supervisor. Town Board member Wesley Woodford abstained because he said he was not aware of the decision.

The town approved, 6-0, a $3-per-hour raise for Holliday while he fills in.

"We do need a leader in that position, someone that people feel comfortable calling and that can get things done," Knoebel said. "I think it's a good fit."

Holliday said if the town were to rehire for the director position, he would apply for the job.

The board decided to revisit the structure of the now two-person Public Works Department after a town administrator is hired.

In other action, the Oak Creek Town Board:

■ Approved, 6-0, accounts payable for December 2011, which amounted to $86,586.

■ Approved, 5-0, a reclassification of Sonja Marcum's building from a laundry business to a general business for utility billing purposes on the condition that the town inspects the building to make sure it is no longer being used as a laundromat. Bernie Gagne abstained because of a conflict of interest.

■ Approved, 6-0, Additional Services Agreement No. 8 for Nolte Engineering to allow more time for project management and oversight of the new water-tank project. The cost is $21,456. Board members said the original bid for that aspect of the project was low.

■ Approved, 6-0, to change the minimum age of the senior citizen water-rate discount to 60 — down from 65 — to match the trash-rate discount age.

■ Approved, 6-0, a motion that would not require the person filling the position of town administrator to live in the town of Oak Creek.

■ Approved, 6-0, a motion to move forward with pursuing a Tony Hawk Grant to build a skatepark in the ice rink with the help of LiveWell Northwest Colorado.

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

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