Oak Creek takes step toward better water | SteamboatToday.com

Oak Creek takes step toward better water

— The Oak Creek Town Board took another step toward improving its water quality Thursday night.

By passing a resolution supporting the federal Clean Water Act Section 208, which requires regional plans for water quality management be developed and periodically updated, the town put in place a stepping stone for receiving future water-facility improvement grants, Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf said.

More importantly, the resolution will also serve as guide and standard for clean water in Oak Creek. Other Routt County towns have already passed similar resolutions.

“The quality of water in the Yampa River Basin is very good,” Zopf said to the board. “I think we all want it to stay that way.”

In other business, the board agreed to the confidential terms of a settlement with former Oak Creek Police Officer David Miller, who sued the town for wrongful termination after being fired in July 2002.

“The matter has been settled once and for all,” Mayor Cargo Rodeman said.

In other action:

To board approved $6,260 for the purchase of eight new streetlights for the downtown business district. Public Works Director Jim Photos initially requested six lights, but found money could by saved by purchasing eight. The lights are needed to replace those that have been damaged by vehicles in the past. Rodeman candidly admitted she was responsible for running over one of the light posts herself.

The board approved a request from the Routt County Board of County Commissioners to support a grant application for funding from the Energy Impact and Mineral Assistance.

The grant is to help fund the extension of water and sewer lines at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

The board welcomed Officer Felipe Nardo to the Oak Creek Police Department.

It is his first position after graduating from Pikes Peak Law Enforcement Academy.

The board approved the purchase of a 10-by-12 portable storage shed for $2,850.

— To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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