Town to swear in new clerk |

Town to swear in new clerk

— Former Oak Creek Town Board member Karen Halterman will be sworn in as town clerk during a meeting tonight.

Also on the agenda for the 7 p.m. Town Board meeting is a discussion about enforcement of a town land-use code that requires new businesses to appear before the board.

Halterman, who also was mayor pro-tem, was selected as the town clerk Jan. 9. Her position will become official during a ceremony tonight.

Before Halterman is sworn in, the Town Board will review five letters it has received from residents interested in serving as the interim board member. A permanent board member will be chosen in April’s town election.

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman said she expects the board to review the letters and reach consensus about who will be selected for the interim position. Rodeman said some of the discussion may take place in executive session, although she does not expect those discussions to be lengthy.

Rodeman said the Town Board may consider letters of interest submitted as late as today.

In other business, Rodeman said she plans to discuss an aspect of the town’s land-use code that requires new establishments and businesses to go before the Town Board for review of requirements such as acquiring a sales tax license and having a fire inspection.

Since reviewing the town’s land- use codes, Rodeman said she realized several new businesses have not appeared before the Town Board.

“Both commercial and industrial businesses are supposed to meet with the (Routt County Planning Commission) and the (Oak Creek Town Board). We have a lot of businesses in town that have never come before us, and they should,” she said.

Rodeman said she hopes the Town Board will be able to discuss how to get recently established businesses to comply with the code and how to enforce it in the future.

“We are going to have some discussions about how to catch up with this. We might have the new town clerk deal with it and figure out how to get it in line,” she said.

Rodeman said her intention is not to hinder any business or discourage new business owners.

“I think whatever comes out of the meeting will lead to a work session for the Town Board members to give us a better understanding of the issue,” she said.

Rodeman said she became concerned about the code after she began reviewing it for a different matter on the Town Board’s meeting agenda.

Also at tonight’s meeting, representatives of the Sierra View subdivision are expected to update the Town Board with development news as well as inquire about making two fourplex lots instead of one eightplex lot. Rodeman said the subdivision’s representatives already were given an OK from the planning commission to make the change in the lot usage and are looking for approval from the Town Board.

The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. at Oak Creek Town Hall.

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

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