Star Valley Council To Look At Water Issues Tuesday Night

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The Star Valley Town Council will take a closer look at several key issues shaping the town Tuesday night.

Most notable, Town Attorney/Manager Tim Grier will provide council with an update on negotiations for the purchase of the Payson Water Company in Star Valley.

The town has been in talks with Brooke Utilities owner Robert Hardcastle for the system that currently serves roughly 300 customers.

While only a small percentage of the town receives water from Brooke, the sale of the system would give Star Valley water rights and make it a purveyor, something it needs to go after a share of Blue Ridge pipeline water.

Water rights would also mean the town could begin pumping water from the few wells it owns and supply it to residents in the event of a shortage or emergency.

Most of the town gets its water from private wells. Some believe a water crisis would erupt if Payson ever began heavily pumping the Tower Well or a severe drought hit the area.

This is the second time the town has negotiated with Hardcastle for the system, the first time walking away due to cost concerns.

Also on the agenda, the council will take a second look at a motion that requires council and commission members contact Grier before discussing town issues with outside agencies.

The council set the intention for such an ordinance at an Aug. 16 council meeting.

Dennis Osuch of LarsonAllen LLP will report on the town’s 2010 audit and the council will convene in executive session to discuss Grier’s contract and compensation package.

The meeting kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3675 E. Highway 260.

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