Star Valley Establishes Right-Of-Way Permits

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Any developers hoping to tear up roads in Star Valley have a little less liberty in doing so.

Town officials now have the right to monitor and control any construction work on town right-of-way property.

The town council established a right-of-way permit and fee system by a 6-0 vote at Tuesday night's meeting. Councilor Art Lloyd was not present.

Town Manager Vito Tedeschi provided the example of a water utility wanting to cut across a Star Valley street.

"We need advance knowledge and ability to inspect work, in order that it meets our standards," he said, in council documents.

Developers will have to pay three percent of the cost of the work being done, plus a $20 fee per specification sheet filed with the town.

Tedeschi said that the three percent fee was standard across the state.

With the new rules, the town will employ the expertise of its contracted town engineer, W. C. Scoutton and Associates, to monitor and review any work done in the public right-of-way.

Star Valley does not have a town engineer on staff and has contracted with W.C. Scoutton and Associates from Litchfield, Ariz., since December 2006, Tedeschi said.

Tedeschi said that the three percent fee collected from the developer would likely go toward the engineering firm's services.

"(These rules) allow us to inspect anybody doing anything in our right-of-way," Tedeschi said.

"We haven't had that authority yet."

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