Since its 2005 incorporation, there has been much talk about where the town of Star Valley should put out its welcome mat permanently.
At one time, a former town manager proposed building a new town hall and then talked of renovating an existing property, but all these ideas proved to be too costly for the budget savvy council, so the town continued renting at its current location off Highway 260 near Star Vale.
With its central spot in town and convenient position across the street from the photo enforcement cameras, the town’s biggest money maker, staffers can watch cameras snap away as unaware motorists zip through town at high speeds from their front porch.
Nevertheless, the time may have come for the town to consider laying down permanent roots. Tuesday the council will consider signing a letter of intent to purchase the current property.
While the letter is non-binding, Town Manager and Attorney Tim Grier said it is a first step.
The letter will likely be drafted to Star Vale owners Ray Lyons and Barbara Hartwell. Since Hartwell is also a councilor, she will not get a vote on the issue.
Currently, the town pays $1,900 a month in rent with the present lease expiring in June 2010. Grier expects the town would pay Hartwell and Lyons around $250,000 for the town hall site.
Not only would buying the site make good financial sense, Grier said, it would also “give us a home we could count on.”
“I hope the opportunity would be there for us to buy it,” he said.
While the town is focused purchasing the current town hall cite, it is also looking at commercial properties for lease and sale in the area and if a better deal comes up, would entertain moving, Grier said.
Also on the council’s agenda:
• Cindy Schofield, with the Central Arizona Association of Governments, will discuss where the Valley Road crossing project stands. Schofield is expected to announce a $140,000 grant from the Department of Housing was approved and the council can go ahead with design plans.
• Schofield will also discuss how the town wants to spend Community Development Block Grant funds in 2010.