Star Valley Council On The Air

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Star Valley residents who miss the council meeting for any reason have a way to talk to a few members of the Town Council without ever leaving their homes.

On the first and third Thursday of every month, following Tuesday's town meetings, a few council members appear on KMOG 1420 AM from 9 to 10 a.m. to discuss the politics of their town.

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Star Valley Councilor Bill Rappaport, left, and Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron talk about business licenses and dog tags Thursday on KMOG. Those are two topics the council has discussed at recent meetings.

A lot of the discussion focuses on the past council meetings, and there is a phone-in segment as well, for residents who want to ask questions.

Outgoing Town Manager Lanny Sloan said the one-hour radio show has proven very successful.

"It's an opportunity for council members to get on the air and talk about Star Valley," he said. Sloan said the number of topics the two council members want to talk about determines the number of call-in questions allowed. Mayor Chuck Heron and Councilor Bill Rappaport are almost always at the station for the show. Sloan, in the past, was also a permanent fixture on the show.

"It's a way where people can find out what's going on," Sloan said. "This is a way to get the word out. We can tell people what we are working on."

As an example, on Thursday, Rappaport and Heron talked about business licenses and dog tags, two things the council has previously touched on at Town Council meetings.

Town Councilor Mary Ann Kotelnicki said the radio show benefits everyone.

"If someone does not attend the council meeting, they have an opportunity to call in," she said.

The radio show will give the council the opportunity to clarify certain things that some residents may not fully understand.

Kotelnicki said there is a large percentage of residents in the town who do not have the time or transportation to attend the council meetings, but still want to get involved and know what is going on in their town.

-- To reach Michael Maresh call 474-5251 ext. 112 or e-mail mmaresh@payson.com.

On the first and third Thursday of every month, Star Valley council members appear on KMOG 1420 AM from 9 to 10 a.m. to discuss the politics of their town and actions that were made at the council meeting the previous Tuesday.

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