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Oak Creek Town Board to consider safety policy

Susan Cunningham

To decrease the cost of workers’ compensation insurance and protect the town from lawsuits, the Oak Creek Town Board will consider establishing a safety policy at its meeting tonight.

Oak Creek Treasurer Mindy Willert has prepared a safety policy for the town, following guidelines from the town’s insurance provider and a state certification program.

Most towns have a safety policy covering employees who are hurt on the job or whose property is damaged, she said.

“A lot of it we’re already doing; it’s just that we’re taking the initiative of having a safety policy,” Willert said.

With the policy, the town could be approved for certification from the Colorado Workers Compensation Premium Cost Containment program, a formal declaration that the town is working on loss prevention and loss control.

The certification should save on insurance costs, Willert said, and though some of the savings might be small, they should add up.

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“Every little bit of savings helps,” Willert said.

The town has not had a safety policy before, Town Clerk Nancy Crawford said. There is a paragraph concerning employee safety in the employee handbook, but the safety policy has more detail.

In other business, the Town Board will consider designating certain town property, such as Decker Park and the Ice Hockey Rink, as parkland, and also will consider unresolved matters for the proposed Sierra View Annexation, including when a $700 fee in lieu of water rights should be paid by lot owners.

The Town Board also could approve the purchase of a truck for the Public Works Department, the replacement of a section of old and deteriorated sewer line along Bell Avenue, and the purchase of flower planters for Main Street.

The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 tonight at Town Hall in downtown Oak Creek.