Sv May Work With Payson On Community Block Grants

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With an intergovernmental agreement between Payson and Star Valley on water issues finally in the pipes, it seems only natural the two towns would join forces on other projects.

At Tuesday’s Star Valley council meeting, the council will discuss collaborating with Payson on 2011 and 2012 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

The partnership would give each town roughly $280,000 in federal community development money to use over the next two years.

In the past, Payson worked with other towns, including Apache Junction, for the funding. This year, Payson contacted Star Valley Town Clerk Stephanie Jones with the possibility of partnering for 2011.

If approved by both councils, Star Valley would apply for Payson’s and Star Valley’s CDBG funds in 2011, roughly $280,000. Then in 2012, Payson would prepare the CDBG application and receive Star Valley’s and Payson’s funds. The process would repeat itself in 2012. Towns use the federal funds to benefit low- to moderate-income citizens and blighted neighborhoods.

Star Valley Town Manager/Attorney Tim Grier said the agreement gives each town more money to play with for two years.

In the past, Payson and Star Valley used the money to improve low-income housing, make emergency repairs to houses affected by flood waters, forest fires or other natural disasters, and the design and engineering of a water crossing.

For 2010, Star Valley received $140,000 through the program. The town is currently waiting on the results of a survey by CDBG planner Cindy Schofield to determine which areas qualify as low- to moderate-income.

Schofield, who works for the Central Arizona Association of Governments, recently sent the surveys out on behalf of the town.

Once the surveys are returned, 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.

In 2009, Star Valley spent CDBG funds on a crossing at Valley Road.

If Payson and Star Valley councils approve the agreement for 2011, Grier said he does not know how Star Valley plans to use the money, but there are several projects in the works.

Also at Tuesday’s Star Valley meeting, Councilor George Binney will discuss eliminating business license and business license fees. Currently, business license renewals bring in an estimated $5,000 annually.

The council will also discuss the 2010/2011 budget. Proposed major projects for the year include spending $75,000 out of the capital projects fund to remodel town hall, $85,000 on a floodwater project, $163,000 on a water project and putting $150,000 toward the town site act.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, in the Lamplighter RV Park recreation room, 3933 E. Highway 260.

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