Incorporation Should Be On Its Own Merits



Re: May 20th "Guest Comment" about a Village Incorporation Proposal.

Chris Benjamin's using the delightful allegory about Custer's Last Stand is a continuation of the Save Our Wells themes which predictably alarm all residents who depend on their own wells for their residential uses. But, like all allegories, it is rather hard to be certain which side has the heroes and which the scalpers.

More important, could incorporation indeed "Save Our Wells"? How many of the "358" signers of the petitions (to be considered by the Payson Town Council June 6) will sign a future petition for incorporation, if the questionable well-saving proposal is then divorced (as it properly must be).

Incorporation of a village or town has many more complex issues involving not only the present, but the future. They cannot be ignored nor side-stepped because of current fears.

Possible future incorporation issues must also be separated from any current self-serving situations. The present turmoil was triggered by a commercial well being drilled adjacent to the well Sky Run RV Resorts requires for its more than 20 spaces. When the town approved the new well as a satisfactory water source by a prospective developer, the resort owners were very concerned.

The strategic addition of the Diamond Star Fire Department's coverage area to Star Valley served to significantly increase the potential number of well-owning petition signers

It is true that all three areas, and others on nearby private lands, share the same aquifer for water sources and for septic systems leach lines. They share the tax-supported coverage by the fire department. And, all share ongoing concerns about the town's proposed exploration for water on adjacent forest lands.

But there are many differences which will separate Diamond Point Shadows Subdivision from Star Valley, if incorporation becomes a serious issue beyond the current speculation that becoming an incorporated village might save the aquifer as their source for residential water.

Diamond Point Shadows is precisely-zoned, both for size (single-families on one acre minimums) and purposes (residential only, non-commercial). By contrast, Star Valley has many commercial, religious and recreational enterprises, as well as residences on properties of varying size.

If incorporation is to be seriously considered, let it be for its own merits and liabilities. And, if a petition for incorporation is prepared, Diamond Point Shadows Subdivision is entitled to vote separately from Star Valley, just like all the other residential subdivisions which are enclosed by the nearby USFS.

Carroll M. Elmore


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