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Oak Creek to approve budget

Town Board meeting to address seat vacancies

Alexis DeLaCruz

— With a new mayor in place, the Oak Creek Town Board now must appoint its second-in-command and a resident to fill an open trustee position.

At its meeting tonight, the Town Board will appoint someone to fill J. Elliott’s seat. Elliott was named Oak Creek mayor last month.

Town Clerk Karen Halterman said three residents have expressed interest in being Town Board members. They are Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup, Bill Norris and Bernard Gagney. Whoever is appointed to the board will serve as a police commissioner as well, Halterman said.

After appointing a new board member, the Town Board will choose a mayor pro-tem.

And then, once the logistical issues are out of the way, the board will approve the town’s 2007 budget, which must be turned in to the state by Friday.

In an attempt to balance the town’s budget and increase its general fund, the board has proposed cutting thousands of dollars from its 2007 budget, including about $11,000 from the police fund.

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Other areas of the budget expected to fall victim to number crunching include traffic control, contract labor and postage.

Other budget-related issues on tonight’s agenda include approving a $2 increase in monthly trash service. Trash rates are currently $14.50 a month per household.

The board also is scheduled to approve a change to the town’s employee handbook regarding insurance coverage.

To cut more costs, the town won’t pay the insurance costs for employees’ dependents. The change will only affect employees hired after Jan. 1, 2007, Halterman said.

In other business, the Town Board is scheduled to:

– Approve a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant application seeking additional monies for the town’s wastewater treatment plant upgrade and sewer line replacement project.

– Discuss whether to close Moffat Avenue for sledding this winter.

– Approve advertising for Public Works Director Jim Photos’ position. Photos has resigned his position and most likely will leave Oak Creek in the spring.

– To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com