Town Board to hire treasurer

Oak Creek expected to approve interim employee tonight

The Oak Creek Town Board will officially hire an interim treasurer and appoint election judges during its meeting tonight.

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said Town Clerk Karen Halterman already hired Oak Creek resident Sandy Jacobs as the town's interim treasurer, but Jacobs' employment is expected to become official after the Town Board takes action tonight.

What: Oak Creek Town Board meeting

Where: Oak Creek Town Hall on Nancy Crawford Boulevard

When: 7 p.m. today

Former treasurer Karrie Littman resigned last week. Her last day is Friday.

Littman declined to discuss on Tuesday her reason for leaving. Rodeman also declined to comment about Littman's decision.

Rodeman said Jacobs is an accountant who previously served as the town's interim treasurer. Jacobs trained Littman when she was hired for the job several years ago.

Jacobs will work between 15 and 20 hours a week, Rodeman said. Jacobs has agreed to stay in the position until the town hires a permanent treasurer, a process that could take several months, Rodeman said.

Because Jacobs will not be a full-time employee, Rodeman said other town workers will share some duties of the treasurer.

In other business, Town Clerk Karen Halterman will appoint election judges for Oak Creek's municipal election in April.

The Town Board also will hear a suggestion from Rodeman to purchase a used street sweeper from a Grand Junction company.

"Everyone is always (complaining) about the dust on Main Street. We need a street sweeper anyway, and this one seems like a good deal," Rodeman said.

Rodeman said the street sweeper is a 2001 Elgin Pelican with about 1,600 miles and 357 hours of use.

The Town Board also will amend its 2006 budget to include possible work that could be completed on the Main Street project before 2007.

Rodeman said she has received about $400,000 from the Colorado Department of Transportation to improve and beautify Main Street from Soroco High School to the water treatment plant. The grant will allow the town to continue sidewalks and plant flowerbeds and cherry trees along Main Street.

Because CDOT's fiscal year begins July 1, Rodeman said she thinks some of the project could be done before 2007, which would change the town's budget.

"Right now there is a slim possibility we might have some of the contracts and easement stuff taken care of in August," she said.


-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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