Election On Agenda Tonight

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It is getting to be that time of year again when politicians kick off campaigns. In Star Valley, three council seats and the mayor’s chair are up for contention in 2010.

At tonight’s meeting, the council will consider paying the county $2,000 for election services. The county provided election services for the town in 2008.

The all-mail election kicks off March 9 with the primary and general election held May 18.

Residents must register to vote by Feb. 8 to vote in the election.

If you are interested in running, pick up a nomination form at town hall, 3632 E. Highway 260 beginning Oct. 15. Candidates must return nomination forms by 5 p.m. Dec. 9 to town hall.

Paving

Almost anyone living in Star Valley will tell you that several roads are in dire need of repair. While some roads have not been maintained in years, others are still dirt.

Streets and Roads chairperson Richard Pinkerton pointed out that Walters Lane and Garrels Drive have not received any maintenance in the last five years and the fire department, businesses and residents heavily use both.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, the town will consider chip sealing or paving various streets around town.

Two contractors submitted bids for double chip sealing roads. The lowest came in at $156,000 and the highest at $205,000. If the council agrees to chip seal, they would need to begin construction before temperatures drop, the Street and Roads committee recommended at their Sept. 24 meeting.

If the town chooses to pave roads with two inches of overlay, the price jumps considerably.

Of four contractors who submitted bids for paving, the lowest was at $445,900 and the highest at $520,000.

Attend the Oct. 6 meeting at 3632 E. Highway 260 to see which option the council chooses.

Street naming

The council will consider adopting a street naming and property numbering ordinance and entering into an intergovernmental agreement with Gila County for addressing services.

Before the town incorporated, Gila County provided rural addressing services for the area. The town wants to keep this system in place, but will have to pay the county $5,000 for a one-year agreement to do so.

The town must pass the street-naming ordinance first before it can enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Gila County.

Liquor license

After a devastating fire more than a year ago, the Spur Bar is almost ready to reopen.

Owner Pamela Johnson submitted a liquor license application and the council will vote on it Tuesday.

The back half of the bar was damaged after a fire started in the walk-in cooler on Memorial Day weekend 2008. Johnson has said that she plans to keep the bar’s western charm with the bar’s original bar top.

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