New Town Hall Dedicated To Diane Mcdaniel

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A choked up Chuck Heron delivered a proclamation to the McDaniel family at Tuesday night's council meeting, designating the first permanent Star Valley town hall building to be named in honor of Diane McDaniel, who passed away June 9.

The mayor had to pause in the middle of reciting the prepared statement, clearly overcome with grief at the loss of the instrumental Star Valley woman.

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Members of the McDaniel family, including Ronnie, left, were in attendance at Tuesday's council meeting to accept a proclamation to name the first new town hall building in the memory of Diane McDaniel, who was instrumental in Star Valley's development.

"(The council) talked about it and it finally came out that we're going to have a new town hall and we decided to name it for her," the mayor said. "She did more than anybody in the early days to help get the town incorporated."

Members of the McDaniel family accepted the proclamation and received a standing ovation from those present at the meeting.

In other news, the council voted unanimously in support of an agreement with Arizona Communications Sites for the production and development of a public access cable channel for the town.

Steve Bingham, owner of the KRIM radio station, said that the company already possesses the necessary equipment to develop the television channel.

"We can go on the air almost immediately," Bingham said. "We could set it up very rapidly, I'd say within the next 30 days."

Councilor Bill Rappaport supported the creation of the public access channel, which will most likely include broadcasts of government meetings as well as public service announcements.

"It definitely will give us an identity," he said. "Down the road, it could be something very valuable for (the town)."

The council unanimously voted to adopt the final budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The nearly $4.3 million budget had not undergone any adjustments from its tentative version, which was passed by the council at the last meeting, June 5.

The council adopted a dark skies ordinance with a 7-0 vote.

The ordinance places restrictions on certain types of lighting during the nighttime, to allow for clearer astronomical activities.

The ordinance only affects new developments.

The council also unanimously approved a motion to table a resolution that would establish penalties for failure to obtain building and manufactured home permits.

Councilor Art Lloyd requested that the council hold a work-study session on the ordinance, which will most likely occur before the next regular council meeting.

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