Sv Council To Appoint New Councilor

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The Star Valley council will appoint a new council member Tuesday night from a pool of three applicants.

Vern Leis, Joanne Conlin and Christopher Benjamin put in their requests to fill Del Newland’s seat after he was appointed vice mayor several weeks ago.

Newland took then vice-mayor Bill Rappaport’s seat, who was appointed mayor after Chuck Heron resigned to spend more time with his family.

Leis currently serves as chairperson for Star Valley’s Water and Sewer Commission. In his letter to the town, Leis said he would like to see Star Valley become “the best little town in Arizona.”

Conlin served as vice-chairperson on Star Valley’s Water Task Force Committee.

“I have been a resident of the Star Valley area for five years and I am very proud of this community and how it stood up for what was right, fought against the odds and won,” Conlin said in a letter. “I would like to assist in its continuing efforts to be a great community to live in.”

Benjamin served as chairperson on Star Valley’s Water Task Force Committee in 2007 and 2008 and in 2003 started the Diamond Star Water Coalition.

In a letter to the town, Benjamin said water and sewer should be the town’s top priority.

“As all of you are aware, the water situation is what I am the most concerned with,” he said.

The council will vote on a new councilor at the 6:30 p.m. council meeting at Star Valley Baptist Church.

Also on the council agenda:

• Remove Heron’s name from the bank account at National Bank and add Town Manager Tim Grier.

• Update the intergovernmental agreement between the State of Arizona and Star Valley to continue the sales tax collection process.

•  Adopt a Fair Housing resolution

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