Flood Planning On Star Valley Agenda

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With plans to purchase a water company off the table for now, the Star Valley council has turned its attention to flooding.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council could vote to hire Payson-based Mountain Standard, Inc., an engineering company, to conduct a preliminary study of the town’s flood issues at a cost of $5,000.

Since the town’s inception, the council has focused on acquiring a reliable water source, but with the Jan. 6 decision to halt all legal actions to acquire the Payson Water Company, the council is turning to other pressing issues. First up is flooding, a common problem for residents living near Houston Creek, Mayfield Canyon or Goat Camp.

Star Valley’s Floodwater Task Force is recommending hiring an engineer to provide an initial flood control evaluation. The task force has already identified the areas most affected by flooding in town and four possible solutions. They include removing vegetation in the washes, stabilizing the banks, improving the channels and creating an upstream flood control facility.

Also at the Feb. 3 meeting, Deputy Town Clerk Stephanie Jones will gather grant ideas from the council. Jones, as grant coordinator, is responsible for researching and applying for town grants. The council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Star Valley Baptist Church.

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