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Community Center gets funds

Police, liquor servers' training also on Town Board agenda

Melinda Dudley

— The Oak Creek Town Board is expected to sign a contract for accessibility improvements to the South Routt Community Center at its meeting tonight, after receiving necessary grant funds from the state.

At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Town Board tentatively approved a bid from Blue Water Developments for the $137,000 project. The handicapped access to the Community Center’s second floor – its primary meeting space – will be revamped with heated exterior parking that will eliminate the long, icy ramp that wheelchairs must navigate in the winter.

The town received notice that the Colorado Department of Local Affairs approved $37,490 in additional grant funds for the project and must now sign the construction contract, Town Clerk Karen Halterman said.

DOLA originally granted $65,000 for the project in 2004, but rising construction costs and improvements to the renovation plans increased the price of the project since it was first engineered.

The Town Board also will discuss drafting an ordinance requiring Training for Intervention Procedures training for liquor servers. In Jan-uary 2006, the Town Board decided it was the responsibility of business owners, not the town, to ensure that servers are properly trained, and rescinded relevant portions of the Oak Creek’s municipal code.

The board will consider what town-level enforcement of TIPS training would entail, and what any ordinance on the issue would contain, Trustee Gerry Greenwood said.

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The Town Board also will discuss filling a vacancy on the Oak Creek Planning Commission. Tom Bleuer recently resigned as his seat, as he is moving to Steamboat. He was appointed to the Planning Commission in July 2006.

Also on the agenda

– A presentation from Rachel Thompson, BBC Research & Consulting of Denver, re: Routt County Housing Needs Assessment

– A presentation from Erin Murphy of Partners in Routt County

– A presentation from Bob Keenan, Steamboat Springs City Planner, re: green building

– LIFT-UP of Routt County donation request

– Update re: Police Department/Animal Control Officer

– Update re: Hockey Rink

– Update re: Rachel Green’s plumbing bill

– Old West Sanitation Contract Renewal

– To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

If you go

What: Oak Creek Town Board meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.