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Oak Creek finalizes town board election results

Austin Colbert







— The town of Oak Creek on Thursday released final results from its regular municipal election, held April 5, which reflected no changes since the initial results were announced.

Incumbent trustees Kelly McElfish and Wendy Gustafson will both return to their positions, while challenger Daniel J. Gosnell will replace incumbent trustee William "Bill" Auer.

Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel, running unopposed, was also re-elected to a fourth term.

According to town administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen, there were four outstanding overseas ballots that had until April 13 to be returned and could have impacted the final results. No additional ballots were received, however, and the results were finalized.

McElfish received the most votes among trustees with 50, followed by Gosnell with 49 and Gustafson with 40. Auer had 38.

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According to Page-Allen, of Oak Creek's 609 registered voters, 75 ballots were voted, which represents a turnout of 12.3 percent.

The three elected trustees will be sworn into their four-year terms April 28.

Performance districts see small change

In Thursday's regular town board meeting, an ordinance was passed amending a section of the town's performance district map. A small part of what was formerly District 7, a mixed zoning area, is now in District 2, a primarily residential area. The change was made to “protect the existing housing stock” in District 2, which is more restrictive on what can be built.

The majority of the impacted residences are located between Arthur Avenue and Bell Avenue, south of Nancy Crawford Boulevard. There is also a section southwest of the pump track bike park that is now designated District 2.

The remainder of Thursday's board meeting involved a public hearing concerning offenses related to marijuana — the passing of the ordinance was tabled to May 12 — and a public hearing about the upcoming water distribution system engineering project. The town received $232,500 in grants for the project, and construction is tentatively set to begin in May 2017.

The town board also passed two proclamations, one recognizing April 2016 as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and another recognizing April 2016 as Month of the Young Child in Oak Creek.

The next town board meeting is scheduled for April 28. There will be a planning commission meeting on April 20.

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