Radio Station Owner, Controller And Realtor Seek Open Sv Council Position


A radio station owner, a company controller or a Realtor/pilot, could fill Nathalie Stroup’s empty Star Valley council seat.

The Star Valley Town Council is expected to appoint a new member at Tuesday night’s meeting. Stroup suddenly resigned in mid June. Stroup said she would not stay on the council after the town, specifically Town Manager Tim Grier, treated her sister and town clerk, Sarah Luckie unfairly.

Luckie was put on 90-day probation June 12 for reportedly not performing her job adequately.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Grier said he would announce that deputy town clerk Stephanie Jones will be named town clerk and executive assistant Josie Castillo will take Jones’ position. Chauncey Nutt, who was hired three months ago, will be appointed financial administrator.

Steven Bingham, Joanne Conlin and Stephanie Whetten put in their requests to fill Stroup’s vacated seat.

Bingham currently serves on the Star Valley planning and zoning committee and is the owner of the KRIM radio station. He was also the president of the Knolls Homeowners Association from 2005 to 2007.

Today, Whetten is president of that homeowners association. She is also a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty and a pilot with U.S. Airways.

Conlin served as vice-chairperson on Star Valley’s water task force, chairperson of Payson Kids Count School Budget Override and Bond Improvement and is the controller for the Rock Yard.

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

Before voting, each applicant will give the council a brief presentation and the council will have the opportunity to ask him or her questions.

If a majority vote cannot be reached, a special election — costing $3,000-$4,000 — will be held.

Also on the council agenda:

• Discuss the proposed $9.3 million budget and possibly adopt it as the final budget for fiscal year 2009/2010.

• Approve a resolution to adopt a relocation assistance plan required by the Arizona Department of Housing.

The town must approve the resolution before a Community Development Block Grant to engineer culverts for Valley Road crossing can be approved. Under the resolution, the town would have to relocate residents if they demolished their home.

• Possible appointment of Scott Popke to the planning and zoning commission for three years.

Chairperson Steven Salatti resigned May 14 and Popke expressed interest at a June 23 commission meeting in joining after he and his family moved to Star Valley from Wyoming.

• Discussion of the 2 percent rental tax. At a February work-study session, council members decided they would like to do away with the tax on leasing or renting property. Many felt the tax targets low-income residents, often forced to rent in the town’s trailer parks. Last year the tax brought in around $50,000 or 12 percent of the town’s operating budget.

• Grier will discuss approval of an audit.

• Possible approval of a $420,000 transportation enhancement grant to spruce up Highway 260 with fake grass, light pole banners and town monuments.


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