Star Valley Street Improvements Approved By Council

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A streets improvement program was passed 6-0 by the Star Valley Town Council on Tuesday, which will result in the completion of the hard surfacing of all public roads in town.

Councilor Art Lloyd abstained from voting.

The program is the second phase of a streets improvement program. It includes a contract with Intermountain West Constructors, who performed upgrades on many public dirt roads earlier this summer.

The contract includes the double-chip sealing of more than 12,000 feet of stretches of 12 roads within town limits.

Rich Pinkerton, chair of the streets and roads committee, said that public roads, as assessed by county officials, would be hard-surfaced in the project.

Pinkerton said that part of South Moonlight Drive is the only remaining piece to be hard-surfaced and that it was in the "application phase."

"We're moving forward with streets progress for the town," he said.

In other news, the council unanimously approved the official mission and vision statements for the town, as decided on by the General Plan Development Team.

The mission statement reads, "The mission for the Town of Star Valley is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its citizens; preserve the Town's rural lifestyle; and foster a sense of community through involvement, activism, and volunteerism. This will be accomplished through smart municipal planning and decision making, based upon community input and available resources; strong, open, transparent government; and partnership with other communities, agencies, or other beneficial resources."

The vision statement reads, "The Town of Star Valley's vision is to preserve its rural lifestyle and pioneer spirit for future generations. Star Valley will maintain its small-town atmosphere through smart growth and development. This will include the preservation of environmental and natural resources; planned growth based on available resources; implementation and maintenance of Town infrastructure; development of community programs and services; encouraging the involvement of the community; and developing sustainable, positive economic development."

The mission and vision statements will go on the town's Web site, as well as in town brochures, Mayor Chuck Heron said.

The council also unanimously approved a resolution permitting the application and acceptance of loans from the Water Infrastructure and Finance Authority of Arizona for the purchase of a portion of Brooke Utilities that services Star Valley.

A resolution establishing penalties for failure to obtain building permits was tabled for the next meeting.

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