The Star Valley Town Council last week pledged to help fund the local delivery of meals to seniors for at least the next three years.
For two years, the town will use $60,000 of its federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money for the Payson Senior Center’s Meals On Wheels and ridership programs. The town will use nearly $30,000 more of its own money in the third year.
The town has helped subsidize the cost of meal deliveries to seniors for several years as the need for the program grew concomitantly.
In many cases, the meal offers the only food seniors get in a day and sometimes their only interaction with the outside world, said Town Manager Tim Grier.
Town Clerk Lois Johnson recently spent an afternoon with volunteers delivering meals and came back to the council advocating for the program, Grier said.
Grier praised the council for supporting Meals On Wheels and said it was “very cool” the council had committed funds for the next three years.
The town had roughly $200,000 in CDBG funds to allocate. About $138,000 will go to fixing a dilapidated well on Moonlight Drive. The town bought the water company from Brooke Utilities, which had done nothing to improve the well for years, Grier said. The storage building around the well is falling down and the well needs a new pump.
The council initially considered abandoning the well, but concluded that with repairs it can produce 20 to 30 gallons per minute.
Last year, the town used the federal grant money to improve a Milky Way well site. The contractor is already working to replace the storage shed around that pump. The town hopes to have that project finished up by late April at a cost of about $247,000, Grier said.