Board to discuss empty seat |

Board to discuss empty seat

Resignation leaves planning commission vacancy

If you go

What: Oak Creek Town Board meeting

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

When: 7 p.m. tonight

— Oak Creek Town Board members will discuss tonight whether to find a replacement for Andy Benjamin, who recently resigned from the town’s Planning Commission.

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman said Benjamin submitted his letter of resignation to the commission, but it is up to the Town Board to appoint someone to fill the empty seat.

Historically, the Planning Commission has consisted of four members. The Town Board recently increased that number to five after Oak Creek residents Tom Bleuer and Chuck Wisecup both expressed interest in serving on the commission, Rodeman said.

Tonight, Town Board members will discuss whether to appoint a fifth person to the commission, she said.

In other agenda items, the Town Board is scheduled to:

– Approve its accounts payable for July.

– Discuss approving Black Mountain Tavern’s liquor license.

– Hear a presentation from P.J. Howe about rural development.

– Sign a document certifying compliance with the Department of Local Affair’s illegal immigration policies. Oak Creek is being asked to provide written documentation to DOLA that all town employees, elected officials and police officers agree to comply with state and federal agencies investigating illegal immigrants.

– Hear from a South Routt Medical Center representative about the medical center’s utility bills. In March 2005, the Town Board gave the center a 10-month period to not pay its water or sewer bills. That 10-month period lapsed in January.

– Discuss having water plant manager Stan Gale work 35 hours a week instead of 20. Rodeman said increasing Gale’s hours would save the town money in overtime. Gale would not receive town benefits.

– Hear from Gene Germain, who is making a proposal to use the town’s hockey rink to host a benefit for Oak Creek’s Labor Day Committee. Germain wants to use the rink because county officials told him he could not host the benefit at his ranch on Lynx Pass because it is zoned agricultural, Rodeman said.

– Set dates for upcoming budget workshops.

– Vote on a resolution in support of Amendment 38, which would make it easier for citizens to propose initiatives at all levels of state and local government. State voters will decide on Amendment 38 in November.

– To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail

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