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Oak Creek Town Board receives visit from state representative

Austin Colbert

— The Town of Oak Creek received a visit from State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush on Thursday during its regular town board meeting, part of a full agenda in its only November gathering.

Mitsch Bush was in attendance primarily to give board members an update and preview of the 2016 state legislative session, including next year's state budget. She said there would be a significant loss in funding statewide, much of which will impact Routt County.

"We are going to be cutting," Mitsch Bush said. "The underlying problem is that even though revenues have picked up because of prosperity, because of more people being employed, because of more businesses, we will have to refund, at the very least, about $280 million off the top and probably over $300 million."

The board meeting had plenty of upside for Oak Creek residents, as well, with five businesses receiving certificates of appreciation from Mayor Nikki Knoebel. Upper Yampa Realty, Park Range Recreationals, Last Call Events and Floral, Bonfiglio Drug and Select Super Market were all recognized for their contributions to the town.

A public hearing was held and a land use change of minor impact approved for China Cat LLC to open a retail marijuana operation, and a resolution was passed to change the street name of a continuation of Lincoln Avenue in Oak Creek, located south of Main Street off Willow Bend Street, to Willow Bend Court.

Board members tabled approval of the town's towing contract, which received no bids, and set a special meeting Dec. 3 to discuss the renewal of a liquor license for Local Flavor Inc., which operates Circle R Restaurant.

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New Oak Creek resident Rachel Bushinsky interviewed and was later approved for the open alternate seat on the planning commission.

The next and final regular Oak Creek Town Board meeting of 2015 will be held Dec. 10 and will include a final discussion and approval of the town's 2016 budget.

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