The town of Star Valley is officially free from its former digs.
After an executive session, the council agreed Tuesday night to settle with Star Valley’s former town hall owner Kyle Parker.
On Thursday, the Parkers’ attorney, Christopher J. Charles, said he received a check from Star Valley for $1,376.60, the amount for 20 days rent between March 19 and April 7.
The town initially only wanted to pay Parker for seven days of rent since it had paid the town hall’s former owners, Star Vale Mobile Home Park, LLC, for the month of March.
Charles disagreed and in e-mails with Star Valley’s Attorney Tim Grier, explained that since Parker took over ownership of the town’s former town hall site, at 3632 E. Highway 260, on March 19, the town owed rent until April 7, the date the town left for a new town hall across the highway, at 3655 E. Highway 260.
Charles added that when Parker took over ownership of the town hall property at a trustee sale, any contracts with the previous owner went away and the town was liable to pay Parker rent. Charles suggested that if the town wanted a partial refund of March’s rent, they should take up a claim against Star Vale.
With check in hand, Charles said his client is happy with the end result.
Grier would not comment on the issue because it was discussed in executive session.
Councilor Barbara Hartwell recused herself from the executive session because of a connection with Star Vale.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the council proclaimed May Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, May 6 as the National Day of Prayer and adopted a fair housing resolution.
Cindy Schofield, with Central Arizona Association of Governments, discussed which projects the town wants to fund with $140,000 in Community Development Block Grants for 2010.
The council decided to conduct a townwide survey to determine which areas are low to moderate income and thus meet the criteria for CDBG funding.
Once Schofield determines which areas qualify, the town plans to apply for funding to improve town infrastructure, such as adding a wheelchair lift at town hall and adding fire hydrants around town.