It’s official. You can now send outgoing mail from Star Valley through a U.S. post office box.
Before the 4-foot-high, blue box showed up last week in front of Circle K, residents sent outgoing mail through a tiny slot in many of the cluster boxes found on neighborhood street corners.
Because a private company distributes Star Valley’s mail, some of the cluster boxes did not have an outgoing mail slot, so residents were forced to make the four-mile trip uphill to Payson’s post office.
“I am encouraging people to use it, so they don’t remove it,” said Town Clerk Sarah Luckie. “It’s a separate trip for them to make out here.”
At Tuesday’s council meeting, much was discussed, but little action was taken.
The only council item voted on and passed was signing a memorandum of understanding required by the state of Arizona. As of September, all new hires are required to be verified through the E-Verify program.
“We should have done this some time back, but luckily Sarah (Luckie) caught it,” Heron said.
The town has not hired anyone since September, so it has not been used yet. Luckie took a two-hour training course on the program before becoming certified.
The only council member who voted against signing the memorandum was George Binney.
Also at the meeting, the council agreed two proposed ordinances were both needed.
The first ordinance would establish regulations under which land is divided and creates a review procedure.
A minor land division is the separation of a land parcel into three or less individual lots.
Staff from the building department would approve all minor land divisions instead of the planning and zoning commission. That committee would only look at divisions that do not meet code.
The second ordinance discussed would establish a 20-year age limit on manufactured homes and park models brought into town.
Currently no age limit is established, except for individual parks that have set general guidelines on age of homes. The code change would set a manufacture date of 20 years or less on all manufactured homes and park model campers.
Existing mobile homes would not be affected by the change, but replacement homes have to comply.
“Once you bring it in, you can’t be forced to remove it,” said Mayor Chuck Heron. “This helps us keep a standard.”
A second reading of both ordinances is scheduled for Dec. 16