Diamond Star Council Tackles Budget, Water, Lawsuit

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The Diamond Star Town Council will take up water issues and other subjects at a round of meetings Tuesday.

At the council's regular 6 p.m. meeting, the town's interim budget will be considered. Councilor Bill Heath, chairman of the interim budget committee will make the presentation. Also on the regular meeting agenda:

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At their Tuesday meeting, Mayor Ronnie McDaniel and the Diamond Star Council will discuss the possibility of acquiring Forest Service land for a town complex, and/or park location.

  • Discussion and possible action on a request by Chairman Ivan Smith of the Tonto Apache Tribe to send a letter to the U.S. Forest Service in support of their pending land exchange.
  • Discussion and possible action on appointing a committee to research the availability of rental property for an Interim Town Hall.
  • Discussion and possible action on the appointment of a committee to study the possibility of acquiring Forest Service land for a town complex, and/or park location.
  • Discussion and possible action on the appointment of a committee to begin the process of advertising and interviewing applicants for the position of town clerk and/or town manager.
  • Discussion and possible action approving a contract for legal services.

Following the regular meeting the council will adjourn to executive session for discussion and consultation with the town's attorneys for legal advice concerning water issues.

Also on the executive session agenda:

  • Discussion and consultation with the town's attorneys for legal advice concerning liability insurance.
  • Discussion with the town's attorneys regarding the lawsuit challenging the town's incorporation filed by G. Michael Horton, George Randall, Roy Haught and others.

At 4 p.m., preceding the regular meeting, the council will hold a special work-study meeting. At that time Cathy Connolly of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns will discuss a model city tax code.

Meetings are held at the Diamond Star Fire Station and all are open to the public, except executive sessions.

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