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Oak Creek vote gets tabled again

Board to vote on member at next meeting

— A vote on whether to accept an Oak Creek resident as the new Oak Creek Town Board member was tabled a second time at Thursday's meeting, because a board member wanted the opportunity to interview the candidate.

Dave Maris was the lone applicant for the seat last month, submitting a letter of interest for the spot vacated by Lawrence Jaconetta in May. At the Town Board meeting June 23, Trustees Dawn Smith and Wendy Gustafson were absent, leaving only three board members and Knoebel to vote on whether to accept Maris.

In the case of that many absences, Knoebel votes as a board member to complete the quorum. The mayor's vote normally is used only as a tiebreaker in any other case. When the June 23 vote ended in a 2-2 tie, the board tabled the vote because there was no way to break the tie.

At Thursday's meeting, Wendy Gustafson was added to the mix, with Dawn Smith absent. Because Maris was out of town and unable to attend the meeting, Gustafson said she was in favor of tabling the vote so she could talk to him about the position.

In addition to the new board member discussion, the board approved, 4-0, a contract for Richard "Jethro" Sterling, project engineer on the water tank project. His pay will be $37.50 an hour, and the board added an amendment to the contract that set a timeframe on the minimum 30 hours a week schedule. The amendment said that was good only from Nov. 1 to April 30.

The board also was updated on a project at Sheriff's Reservoir by Richard Henderson, of the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service plans to build a concrete wall in the body of water to keep healthy cutthroat trout away from a population of invasive species with whirling disease. Henderson said they should be awarding the contract in the next few weeks.

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