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Chief’s review postponed

Oak Creek committee to recommend pay increase for Caterinicchio

Melinda Dudley

— The Oak Creek Town Board postponed discussing the results of police Chief Russ Caterinicchio’s six-month review at its meeting Thursday, opting to revisit the matter when he returns from vacation.

Caterinicchio was rated as exceeding requirements, and the evaluation committee will be recommending a 2 percent merit increase retroactive to his 6-month anniversary in April, subject to approval by the Town Board. His self-evaluation was compared to those by the evaluation committee, which included police commissioner Chuck Wisecup, former police commissioner Dave Fisher and Sgt. Erik Foster.

Caterinicchio’s job performance has been a point of contention in town, spurring months of back-and-forth discussion by residents and elected officials expressing both passionate support and distaste for the police department, which was reformed last fall.

The Town Board also moved forward with infrastructure projects, approving a contract with Pueblo-based K.R. Swerdfeder Construction, for sewer line rehabilitation, and selecting North Carolina-based Entex Technologies to install a biological reactor at the town’s sewer plant.

The sewer projects were intended to be completed by the end of the year, and with bids still to go out, the improvements ultimately may have to be extended, Wisecup said.

In other news, Mike Yurich was reappointed as an Oak Creek representative to the South Routt Library District Board on Thursday.

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Oak Creek residents also can expect to receive a survey with their next utility bill, asking questions about future development for use in the update of the town’s comprehensive plan.

The town has contracted with Britina Design Group, a Denver-based consulting firm, to examine future areas of growth for Oak Creek and conduct reviews of its building codes and annexation policies.

The Town Board also settled on an agenda for a community forum later this month. The public discussion will focus on planning issues including air quality, affordable housing and transportation, Mayor Pro-Tem Angie Krall said. County Commissioner and Oak Creek resident Nancy Stahoviak will moderate the forum, scheduled for 6 p.m. June 24 at Oak Creek Town Hall.

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