Concrete work talk under way in Oak Creek
Oak Creek Town Board asks contractor to repair community center
Oak Creek — The cracked, broken surface of the South Routt Community Center will cost between $20,000 and $24,000 to fix, according to early estimates. But the Oak Creek Town Board is exploring the possibility of the original contractor fixing the work before the board spends the money to repair the surface.
From the original budget of about $136,000 dedicated to the resurfacing, the Town of Oak Creek has retained about $35,000 from the contractor.
During the Oak Creek Town Board meeting Thursday night, Trustees were told that Public Works Director Bob Redding planned to meet with contractor Don Worsley on Friday to talk about the possibility of fixing the concrete.
Town Clerk Karen Halterman said the meeting was to “determine if the contractor is going to be willing to tear that up and replace that at his cost, or if we will be hiring an outside contractor to come in and tear it out and replace it.”
Town Board member Bernie Gagne said the damage apparently was caused by the settling of the ground.
Worsley and Redding were not available for comment Friday.
The Town of Oak Creek also is getting warranty work completed from K.R. Swerdfeger Construction after the town noted some faults in the company’s work on sewer lines. The problems primarily are related to ground work at places where Swerdfeger workers dug across streets and alleys, and problems with homes not being reconnected to the new sewer main after it was installed.
The town had a $1.87 million contract with the company for sewer-related work, but voted to withhold a payment of $447,765.75 at a meeting in May. The Town Board later agreed to pay the money as long as Swerdfeger completed the work.
“To the best of my knowledge, we are satisfied Swerdfeger has performed all work-related obligations,” Gagne said.
Gagne said Swerdfeger also has donated asphalt to the town that Public Works crews can use to repair the streets.
Oak Creek Police Department officers reported that there have been an increase in crimes as the weather warms up.
Officer Lance Dunaway said that while the number of animal calls — 17 — tops the number of calls in the past month, he and fellow officer Eileen Rossi have been spending most of their time on investigative work.
“I would say we had a little bit of an increase in more serious calls,” he said. “The rest of them have probably stayed the same.”
He said that crimes against people take the most time to investigate because they require several follow-up interviews.
“If we have one call that requires four or five interviews and requires collecting some evidence, it may be one call, but it takes most of our time between the two of us.”
There were two reports of domestic violence between June 25 and July 22, and eight suspicious incidents. There also were 18 recorded follow-ups.
He said it’s not an overwhelming caseload but is keeping officers busy. He added that many of the cases officers work in Oak Creek don’t show up in the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s daily record because they do not go through Routt County Communications’ dispatch center. He said a majority of cases come from people directly calling the officers or stopping into the police station in the back of Oak Creek Town Hall.
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