Star Valley Approves Water Agreement

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The Star Valley town council unanimously approved a water agreement with Payson Thursday night that has been in the works since August. Councilor Art Lloyd was absent.

"This is stripped back down to a plain and simple version," said Mayor Chuck Heron. He said it calls for both Star Valley and Payson to abide by safe yield and do no damage to the Star Valley aquifer.

The Payson council approved an earlier draft of the agreement Dec. 14, but the Star Valley council made several revisions. The intergovernmental agreement it approved includes the following (only some of the items are listed):

  • Payson agrees to not withdraw groundwater from Star Valley in an amount in excess of the Sustainable Safe Yield of groundwater available to Star Valley as defined in the coming safe yield study.
  • Both parties will abide by the results of the safe yield study.
  • Payson will not use the Tower Well until such time as the study is completed and a final report is accepted by both towns.
  • Payson agrees not to withdraw water in an amount that would do harm to the sustainability of the aquifer.
  • Star Valley and Payson agree to cooperate in future efforts to jointly study future water resources.

Heron said the Payson council will consider the revised agreement at its Jan. 18 meeting. The water IGA is available for review in the town clerk's office. For information, call (928) 472-7752.

On Thursday night, the Star Valley council approved another IGA with the Office of Manufactured Housing, which will allow Star Valley to do its own manufactured home inspections and keep the state mandated fees.

In other business, the Town Manager Vito Tedeschi told the council he is looking into a grant for up to $500,000 to do transportation planning.

He also reported the Central Arizona Association of Governments is projecting a population of 2,355 in Star Valley by the end of 2007. On a related note, Heron said he was looking at population figures and discovered that Star Valley is already the third largest incorporated town in Gila County.

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