The de-annexation of 760 acres from Star Valley crossed another hurdle this week.
Payson council candidates headed for runoff
Payson council candidates Chris Higgins and Bob Lockhart appear headed for a runoff election in November, according to the a count of 2,800 mail-in ballots released Friday afternoon by the Gila County election department.
Incumbent Ronnie McDaniel has no challengers for his job as Star Valley mayor, but his council cohorts aren’t as lucky.
Street improvements came out on top of Star Valley’s priority list for the coming budget year, which the council adopted on July 15.
Public land surrounds planned industrial park
A majority of the Star Valley council on Tuesday night favored letting neighboring Payson annex a portion of Star Valley on which the prospective owners want to build an 80-acre light industrial park.
A majority of the Star Valley Council on Tuesday night favored letting neighboring Payson annex a portion of Star Valley on which the owners want to build an 80-acre light industrial park. However, two Star Valley Council members and several candidates for the Payson Town Council opposed the request, based on either a lack of information or concerns about developing an industrial park in the heart of the popular Granite Dells area.
Deep pockets, big dreams – big target
The financial picture of the Town of Star Valley gets brighter all the time, making it possible for the town staff, mayor and council to entertain big dreams. It also makes the town a big target for funding requests from all over Rim Country.
The work to create the B. Diane McDaniel Community Park cost the Town of Star Valley less than anticipated. The town budgeted $40,000 for the first phase. The work cost only $31,488.
Home Rule is an issue both Payson and Star Valley voters will find on their ballots this fall.
Star Valley’s $5.8 million 2014-15 budget won easy approval from the council on June 2. The budget includes $3.1 million in reserves carried forward from FY 13-14.
The Star Valley Town Council and its staff, plus some volunteers, put on a great party May 14 to dedicate the B. Diane McDaniel Community Park.
Work on the newly approved Star Valley Park was underway the day after the town council approved the plan.
Visions of picnics, park benches and horseshoe pits had the Star Valley Town Council bubbling with excitement Tuesday as it approved spending $40,000 to build its first public park.
Government meetings are not that exciting most of the time — at least not in a good way. Things might heat up if controversial hits the agenda, but that isn’t the “good” kind of excitement.
Firefighters brave the smoky darkness
Smoke filled the old home quickly, pouring out from cracked window seals, rusty air conditioner units and a hole in the roof where a downed tree lay.