Star Valley Manager Hire On Agenda

After 90-day search, interim manager may get the job

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After a three-month search, Star Valley could have a new manager Tuesday night, if the town council approves acting Town Manager Tim Grier as the permanent choice.

Grier was the town attorney until Vito Tedeschi abruptly decided to leave in August.

Mayor Chuck Heron said money played a big role in the decision to hire Grier permanently.

“The main reason was to save money,” Heron said. “We are looking very carefully at our expenses and there really isn’t room for both a full-time town manager and town attorney.”

Instead of paying for both, the town could decide to consolidate two positions into one at an estimated salary cost of $75,000. When Tedeschi was hired in 2006, his contract was for $70,720.

The town manager recruitment committee reportedly received a few applications for town manager, but most of the applicants wanted a full-time position, something Heron said was too costly.

Grier, who has acted as town attorney since Star Valley’s inception in 2005, was recently appointed the town’s chief financial officer.

Heron said Grier’s experience managing his own business and then law practice provided him with enough knowledge to manage the town.

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If appointed, Grier would receive a yearly salary of $75,000 plus bonuses, a town car, computer and cell phone.

The council will vote whether to hire Grier at the Dec. 16 meeting at Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, at 6:30 p.m.

Also at the meeting, the council could pass two proposed ordinances, appoint seven members to the water and sewer commission, discuss the 2009 block grants and in a work study, learn how the town is doing financially.

The first ordinance change would put a manufacture date of 20 years or less on all manufactured homes and park model campers brought into town.

Existing homes would not be affected by the change, but any replacement homes would. Currently the planning and zoning code does not include a manufacture deadline. The new section of the ordinance would also require manufactured homes be inspected and constructed to meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements. Park model campers have to meet requirements of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association.

The second ordinance establishes a minor land division. The ordinance would allow the building department and planning consultant to approve all minor land divisions instead of the planning and zoning commission. Any requests that do not meet code would be submitted to planning and zoning.

Central Arizona Association of Governments representative Cindy Schofield will also be at the meeting with ideas on how to spend an estimated $140,000 in federal grant money.

At a Nov. 21 council meeting, Schofield solicited ideas from the council on community-enhancing projects. Funding comes from the state’s Community Development Block Grant program, which is aimed at helping low- to moderate-income communities.

Based on suggestions, Schofield is recommending three programs — chip sealing roads, building culverts and housing rehabilitation.

A newly created water and sewer commission could be up and running soon, if the council appoints seven members and two alternatives to three- and two-year terms. Vern Leis, William Davis, William Heath, Timothy Bradley, Ray Lyons, Mark Freegard and Brad Jones all applied to be on the committee. Bob Hibbert and Wayne Van Horn would act as alternates.

Existing water committee members, Gary Coon and Chris Benjamin, are not up for appointment.

Duties for the commission include acquiring the Payson Water Company, helping maintain well monitoring and rain gauge data, pursuing all solutions to wastewater treatment problems and assisting in water conservation measures and education.

Before the regular meeting, a 5:30 p.m. work study is scheduled with financial consultant Glenn Smith.

“He is going to go over the budget and hopefully where we stand,” Heron said. “He has already analyzed the budget, what’s coming in and what trends he sees.”

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