Castle Valley Comments
March 28, 2013
by Ron Drake
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For the first time in 32 years, there will not be a spring cleanup day in Castle Valley as we have come to know it. During the monthly meeting of the Castle Valley Town Council, Mayor Dave Erley said he was informed that the cleanup day last year cost Bob’s Sanitation an extra $4,000, due partially to the dumping of unauthorized material.

Castle Valley Road Manager Greg Halliday told the council at the meeting that employees of the town and Bob’s Sanitation try to monitor what gets put in the Dumpsters but can’t always catch the violators. He remembered one load of what he thought looked like a year’s worth of household garbage last year going into a Dumpster before they could stop it. The Sand Flats landfill is only allowed to accept construction debris and not household garbage. Tree limbs and other natural vegetation will also quickly fill a dumpster, causing more trips to the landfill.

Instead of the traditional spring cleanup day, the Grand County Solid Waste Special Service District will issue vouchers, which will be good for one pickup load of refuse. Susan Thompson, administration assistant with the Solid Waste District, said she has ordered the vouchers and will deliver them to the town to be distributed to each property owner. The vouchers will be good for one pickup load to either the Moab landfill or Bob’s Sanitation’s collection station. Refrigerators, air conditioners, and other appliances containing Freon will have to be taken to Bob’s Sanitation. The vouchers should be available during the town’s regular business hours next week at the Castle Valley Town Hall for Castle Valley and Castleton residents. Thompson said she feels the Solid Waste District is providing a good community service and a good opportunity to clean things up for the spring.

Mayor Erley said the annual cleanup day has been popular in the community and he will explore alternatives for future years, but he didn’t think there was time or budgeted money this year to deal with this new development.

The first spring cleanup day began June 6, 1981, when the Castle Valley Property Owner’s Association initiated the effort. Project chairwoman Linda Jarman and Joe Kingsley expressed their thanks to the county commissioners at the time for furnishing the dump trunks and front-end loader and the men of the Grand County Road Department, who operated the equipment. Jarman also thanked valley residents John Groo, David Jarman and Ann McLanahan for helping load the trucks. Seven trucks loaded with trash were hauled to the dump that first year.

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In other business, the Castle Valley Town Council unanimously voted in favor of amending Ordinance 85-3, which prohibits home and premise occupations that include motor vehicle, trailer or boat repair shops. The restrictions also include auto body and/or fender repair shops; the manufacturing, assembly or repair of heavy equipment, major appliances, engines or motors; junk yards; and mortuaries or crematoriums.

The council also discussed the town’s observance of Arbor Day in Utah on April 26. The community will celebrate the event by planting trees and shrubs that were purchased from the estate of Mary Rees during a plant sale conducted by her daughter, Hilary, several weeks ago. The plants were purchased using matching grant money from the Arbor Day Foundation that was obtained by Castle Valley Town Clerk Ali Fuller, and will add beauty and help create a wind break for the Town Hall. The plants are native varieties that require less water because of the poor water quality on the town lot. Fuller said that even though most of the plants will be planted by that time, town officials will conduct a “walk-around” on the town lot and talk about the native plants and their uses.

The council also discussed, but didn’t act on the town’s employee pay raise policy and equipment to filter and remove iron from the water system at the Town Hall and property.

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Next week will begin the full nighttime closure of state Route 128 – the River Road – for the next three weeks, according to the contractor of the Colorado River Pathway Project. The news release states that “nighttime closures will take effect starting April 1 at 11:30 p.m. Nightly closures will continue Sunday night through Thursday night for three weeks. The hours of closure will be from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.”

The cranes and equipment needed to hoist the girders and beams into place for the elevated pathway will require the use of both lanes of the River Road necessitating the closure of the entire road. Grand County and Castle Valley emergency management officials are mindful of the impact of the closure for emergency vehicles and individuals needing to get through for medical emergencies. They have set up a procedure for such emergencies.

People from Castle Valley, Castleton, or up river at campgrounds and ranches who need to get to the hospital must call 911 before leaving and advise the sheriff’s dispatch office of the emergency. The dispatch office will notify the construction site and workers will open the road for the emergency. A sheriff’s deputy will probably meet you on the other side of the construction site and escort you to the hospital.

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