Sv Council Considers Buying Rv Park

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It has discussed buying a strip club and now the Star Valley Town Council will consider purchasing an RV park.

What the town would do with the park is just now being thrown around by town staff, but possibilities include expanding town hall parking, adding additional office space and possibly one day a park, but the kind without travel trailers.

Doud daCosta, the owner of Lazy D Ranch Apartments and RV Resort, will make a presentation on the property Tuesday at a 6:30 p.m. town council meeting.

Also at the meeting, the council will discuss establishing a medical marijuana ordinance and donating money to Payson Helping Payson.

The selling price of the two-acre RV park is unknown, but according to the Gila County assessor’s office, the full cash value of the property is $384,000.

The RV Park, at 3655 E. Highway 260, sits next door to Star Valley’s town hall and would give town hall much needed space to grow.

Currently, town hall sits on a lot with only a dozen parking spaces and no room for expansion given the RV park borders it on two sides.

Star Valley Town Clerk Lois Johnson said whatever the town decided to do with the park facilities, which include a motel, mobile home park and office building, they could not run it as a business.

In January, the Star Valley council weighed buying Pete’s Place topless bar. Eventually, the council agreed to place a bid on the property at a trustee sale in Globe. However, the sale never happened and the town lost its opportunity to close down what many on the council saw as an eyesore.

Marijuana

For the third time since February, the Star Valley Town Council will discuss establishing a medical marijuana ordinance.

The council has gone back and forth on how and when it should enact an ordinance. Not wanting to pass one before the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) published the final rules for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, the council put a moratorium on issuing dispensary and grow field licenses March 15.

Now that those rules are final, Town Manager/Attorney Tim Grier says he needs council direction on what an ordinance should look like.

At a February Star Valley council meeting, councilors suggested Grier use Payson’s ordinance as a guideline while taking into account Star Valley’s unique characteristics.

Mainly, the town’s commercial corridor is small and located close to residential areas. This potentially leaves no room for a dispensary that isn’t sitting in the back yard of a school, church or home.

Payson circumvented this problem by requiring dispensaries sit 500 feet away from these areas with grow fields allowed only in industrial areas.

Star Valley has no area zoned for industrial use.

Also on the council’s agenda, John Zilisch, president of Payson Helping Payson (PHP), will make a presentation on the organization’s impact in Star Valley.

Last year, 10 percent of PHP donations went to Star Valley residents who needed help paying their rent, utilities or medical bills.

In the past year, the nonprofit organization has seen requests for financial assistance rise 50 percent, with pleas for assistance from families and seniors increasing.

The group relies heavily on private donations and help from various churches to subsidize the program.

“In the past, we did receive minor funding from the town of Payson, but that source of income has ended,” Zilisch said.

“I recognize that our name, Payson Helping Payson, may give the impression that we are only interested in assisting residents of Payson.

“That is unfortunate, but in our 20 years of operation, we have never let our name stand in the way when there was a need to help individuals and/or families in Star Valley.”

Zilisch said he couldn’t remember a time when the town of Star Valley or an organization in Star Valley donated to the program.

The council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at 3675 E. Highway 260.

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