Star Valley Names Planning And Zoning Commission, Board Of Adjustments


The Star Valley town council continues to chip away at the mountain of things they must decide upon and put in place by a fast approaching July 1 deadline.

According to state statute, newly incorporated towns must have a budget and governmental framework in place by the first day of July after the initial incorporation.

The council appointed its first planning and zoning commission. The seven members are Robert Hibert, Diane McDaniel, Fred Horton Sr., Karen Benjamin, Arthur Lyons, Steven Salatti and John Whetten.

The council appointed its first board of adjustments. The five members of this committee are Christopher Benjamin, George Binney, Richard Pinkerton, Barbara Hartwell and Nathalie Stroup.

Terms of the commissions and committee will be decided at a future date.

The council appointed Ray Lyons to chair the Town of Star Valley Flood Plain Committee and appointed Council Member Bill Heath to the executive board of the Central Arizona Association of Governments.

Software purchase

The council also voted to purchase Caselle software for $2,175. The software is designed for municipality bookkeeping purposes and will be used by Star Valley to process business licenses.

Town Manager Lanny Sloan said it is vital that the town have this in place so it can track local businesses.

"We will be knowing who is paying sales tax," he said.

He said the fire department will be able to know where businesses are located and the town would know if buildings were occupied.

He also said it gives the town greater control of the new business wanting to come into the community.

Sloan pushed for purchasing the software at this time because the company is offering a $1,500 discount as well as training for the town clerk included in the cost.

Sloan said the software will pay for itself within one year because of the fees that will be attached to licenses.

This should be the only computer software the town will need to purchase, he said. "I think we are pretty set. There are other types of modules other cities have that Star Valley won't have for some time."

In other council news, members tabled an ordinance that would have adopted a zoning code for the town at the urging of Town Attorney Fredda Bisman, who said there were some legal issues that needed to be ironed out before the council should act on this matter.

Sloan said the town has looked at Gila County's zoning ordinance as a guide, but added there were some changes made to better fit the needs of Star Valley.

The town will discuss this, among other items, at a special June 27 meeting, where numerous intergovernmental agreements will also be examined and discussed.

The Town Council also presented the Diamond Star Fire Department with a check for $2,500, which the town requested and received for use on the firebreak project from the Central Arizona Board of Realtors.

-- To reach Michael Maresh call 474-5251 or e-mail

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