Wednesday, February 8, 2006
The Oak Creek Town Board tonight will discuss how to prepare the town for what could be record flooding when the winter snow beings to melt.
Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said she thinks broaching the subject in February is not too early, especially because she is concerned the town may experience devastating floods when the massive amount of snow that has fallen melts under the spring sun.
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd.
"We're going to have runoff," she said Wednesday. "How much just depends on how quickly spring comes this year and how warm it will be."
Rodeman said she remembers incredible amounts of runoff in 1984, when the town's creek overflowed and washed away parts of Decker Park and some houses.
"If there's something we can do now to prevent some of the damage, I think we should start talking about it. I've lived here long enough to know that March is our snowiest month. I'm sure we'll get buried again then," she said.
Rodeman said she hopes Oak Creek Public Works Director Jim Photos and other Town Board members may have some ideas and suggestions about ways to prevent and manage the amount of damage that will be caused by the runoff, such as clearing all street drains and building culverts.
Also during tonight's meeting, the Town Board is scheduled to discuss several proposed changes to the town's land-use code.
During the last Town Board meeting, Rodeman told the board she had discovered a section of the land-use code that she did not think businesses knew about and therefore were not complying with.
The code says all new businesses must come before the Oak Creek Planning Commission for a hearing, as well as before the Town Board to ensure the business is in compliance with all regulations.
Rodeman said the purpose of the meetings with the Town Board is to check that the businesses have sales tax licenses and are in compliance with safety regulations, among other criteria.
During a work session Mon--day, Rodeman said several board members came up with suggestions -- such as a checklist of necessary items a business would have to meet -- for Town Clerk Karen Halterman to use in enforcing the land-use code.
Other proposed changes to the land-use code include guidelines regarding annexation and a suggestion that any new residential development with 10 or more residential units use alternative building materials, such as solar power, on 10 percent of the units or make some of the units affordable housing.
Rodeman said the proposal, if accepted, would not force developments to follow the suggestion.
In other business, the Town Board is scheduled to swear in new Town Board member, Tom Bluer; hear a presentation about the South Routt Medical Center requesting a 2.1 mill levy and a special district; add Halterman to the town's account signers; and hear Rodeman's suggestion to pay Planning Commission members $20 at monthly meetings.