Star Valley Council To Consider Repairs To Creek Crossing

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After a year of persistent nagging, five Star Valley homeowners will finally learn Tuesday if the town plans to make repairs to a crossing and creek that during severe weather has threatened to wash away their homes.

The January 2010 storm, nearly swept away Donald “Jake” Jacobs’ home and deck in the Quail Valley Subdivision and threatened Jacobs’ neighbors’ homes to the left and right.

Residents Dan Bowman and Jacobs say enough is enough and are demanding the town do something to help mitigate future flooding.

However, at first, the town said it would play no part in fixing a crossing off Starlight Drive that residents blame for their flooding.

Town staff said it was too risky to alter the creek bed and crossing for fear of lawsuits from residents or the federal government.

Town Manager/Attorney Tim Grier told the council several months ago that there were too many “legal shackles” to get involved, especially with the risk of the Army Corps of Engineers fining the town if it altered the creek bed.

On Tuesday, Grier will once again provide his legal analysis of the situation, when the council will also hear from Verde Engineering Group.

For several weeks, Verde Engineering has studied the creek, researching solutions. Staff from Verde Engineering will present several drainage remedies during the meeting and town building inspector Joe Janusz will discuss who owns the crossing in question.

The council will decide what, if anything, it wants to do for the residents.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Lamplighter RV Park recreation room, 3933 E. Highway 260.

The council will also discuss how it wants to spend $280,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

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