Star Valley Looking For New Home For City Hall

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Star Valley is looking for a new place to call town hall.

The current location, at 3632 E. Highway 260, is leased and the contract expires in late 2009. Instead of waiting to look for a place, the town has located a piece of property to move into and another site to build permanent town facilities on, said Town Clerk Sarah Luckie.

Two proposed locations for town facilities have been placed on the town's council agenda for Tuesday night by town manager Vito Tedeschi.

The first location is a vacant three-acre lot at the northwest corner of Valley Road and Highway 260, costing $350,000.

The site would be developed to house town facilities, including a town hall, court, police station, building department and council chambers.

The town wants to purchase the land now, because it is the last big piece of land available along Highway 260, Tedeschi said.

Once the 10-year loan is paid off, Tedeschi said it would be a good time to start development of the site.

Until a permanent facility is built, the town would like to purchase a 2.7-acre site with an existing structure to house town hall.

The Morgan Inn, at 62 Mars Lane, one block north of Highway 260 costs $360,000 and needs $16,000 in improvements.

Once remodel work is completed, the Inn will be used as a town hall and have a section devoted to senior citizens. Land surrounding the building will be used as a park and soccer field. The town currently does not have a park.

While the Inn is remodeled, a caretaker needs to be on site for security, Tedeschi said.

Tedeschi is proposing the town purchase a mobile home to place on site for a caretaker to occupy. The log-sided mobile home looks similar to the current building and costs $36,000.

When a caretaker is no longer needed, the cabin can be used as a town office for public works or parks and recreation, Tedeschi said.

Tedeschi said he has been looking for a year for land to purchase.

Also on the council's agenda for Tuesday is the adoption of a resolution authorizing attorney Marvin Cohen to petition the court for immediate possession of the Payson Water Co. (Brooke Utilities).

A condemnation hearing is set for Aug. 12. Brooke Utilities turned down the town's offer of $400,000 to purchase the water facilities, which triggered condemnation preceding by the town.

At the hearing, a judge will decide whether to give immediate possession of the water facilities to the town, Tedeschi said.

"It is in the public's interest to get it over quickly," he said.

If the town gains possession of the water company during the summer months, the condition of the system can be determined and plans to make repairs can be made before the winter, Tedeschi said.

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