Sv To Spend $180,000 To Improve Drainage

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While the town of Star Valley won’t be helping the residents off Starlight Drive with their flooding problems, the council has agreed to spend a chunk of grant money on the Quail Valley subdivision.

At the Dec. 21 town meeting, the council announced roughly $180,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds would go toward replacing culverts, installing catch basins, a wall and improving drainage channels near Quail Hollow Drive.

During the January 2010 flooding, a manufactured home off Quail Hollow was damaged and several more were threatened.

The homes lie at the end of two drainage basins and are at risk of flooding again. The council moved to use two-thirds of the $280,000 grant money to mitigate flooding with the remaining money going toward a paving project on Moonlight Drive.

On Moonlight, the council will use CDBG and HERF funds to resurface and add or fix shoulders to the roadway.

In years past, the council used CDBG funds for emergency housing rehabilitation, installing a crossing at Valley Road, commissioning a fire hydrant engineering study and making town hall handicap accessible.

Board of appeals

Star Valley is looking for volunteer members for a board of appeals.

For the first time in the town’s history, a resident is appealing a recommendation by town building official Joe Janusz.

The board of appeals will look at the issue and make a final decision on the matter.

At the Star Valley council meeting Dec. 21, resident Bob Sanchez asked what qualifications were needed to serve.

“Breathing,” Grier said jokingly, adding there are no qualifications.

The appeals board does get into technical matter, however, so members should be ready for hard work, Grier said.

An audience member said he thought there were specific qualifications for an appeals board, such as having an architect and draftsman.

Grier said while the town would like to have those fields covered, in a small town it is not expected they could.

“We are a very small town and it is hard for us to fill spots as it is,” Grier said.

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