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Thursday’s Oak Creek Town Board meeting a hot one

Alexis DeLaCruz

The contentious issue of off-street parking was discussed again at Thursday night’s Oak Creek Town Board meeting.

Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rode–man, who was absent from a May 26 meeting during which the issue initially was brought up, said she thought town codes require off-street parking for new homes even though others seem to think the code can be interpreted differently.

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority began the off-street parking debate with its plans to use on-street parking for its new affordable housing project. YVHA officials said requiring off-street parking for the homes could add enough cost that they would become unaffordable.

Board member Karen Halter–man insisted that on-street parking for the new project could pose safety concerns for the community.

“We can’t compromise safety because of their poor planning,” Halterman said.

Board members think on-street parking would create problems in the winter with snow removal and would limit access for emergency vehicles.

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Board member Michael Kien said all the lots in Oak Creek are big enough for garages and that off-street parking is clearly required. However, YVHA officials argued that the four homes and one duplex they will build do not constitute a development, so they didn’t think the parking requirement applied to them.

A work session is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss land codes and further define the town’s parking requirements so that the issue can be resolved.

Also discussed at the meeting was the Egeria Park Roping Club’s request for donations for a mechanical bull.

Linda Dilley, the secretary and treasurer of the club, said that the club hopes to rent a mechanical bull for the Taste of South Routt on June 25. Proceeds would be donated to the South Routt Medical Center, she said.

“A mechanical bull will draw a lot of participants, and we’re trying to give back to the community,” Dilley said.

Dilley also said the club’s booth will have practice roping for children.

The board decided to donate $50 to the club’s efforts.

Public Works Director Jim Photos also updated the board about the progress of the water treatment facility, saying that the project is not finished because of weather. Construction of the final roads and parking lot have been postponed and hopefully will be completed next week, he said.

“We’re close to being finished,” Photos said.

The next Oak Creek Town Board meeting is June 23.

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