Castle Valley Comments
May 23, 2013
by Ron Taylor
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The Castle Valley Town Council held its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday, May 15. Only two members of the town council, Tory Hill and Alice Drogin, were physically at the Town Hall for the meeting but Mayor Dave Erley and councilwoman Jazmine Duncan attended electronically via a conference call.

A special meeting of the Municipal Building Authority (MBA) was held before the regular meeting to give the oath of office to the newer council members to the MBA board and to authorize and pay the invoices. Drogin and Duncan received the oath of office and Castle Valley Town Clerk Ali Fuller was installed as the MBA clerk and treasurer. When the town of Castle Valley received a loan from the Utah State Permanent Community Impact Fund Board (CIB) for the Town Hall building, a municipal building authority had to be set up as a governing authority for the building. The same group also governs the new road shed, which received a CIB loan last year. The building authority is made up of the same people who sit on the town council at any given time. Later, during the regular meeting, the council authorized the annual payment of $6,950 for the town building to the MBA for payment.

Before the council meeting began, a public hearing was also held to amend the budget for fiscal year 2013, which involved moving funds from one category to another. During the regular meeting, the council passed a resolution to adopt the amended FY 2013 budget. The council also passed a resolution to adopt the FY 2014 proposed budget and set a public hearing on the new budget for the June town council meeting.

An agenda item to amend the water user agreement process by lengthening the time between affirmations from one to three years was not discussed further. At the last meeting, the council amended the water user agreement process by lengthening the time between affirmations. When getting a water user agreement from the town, property owners previously had to affirm that they were using the water assigned to them every year.

The town’s water manager, John Groo, said the yearly affirmation is too cumbersome, but he didn’t want the affirmations to get lost between administrations so he came up with the three-year requirement. The last time, 156 affirmations were sent out and 112 were returned. Four were returned incomplete and 38 were not returned. Groo said he will send out a second notice with a self-stamped return envelope with a simple form to sign, in hopes for a return of the 38 who did not respond. Groo also said that the town must show the state that Castle Valley is accounting for its water usage and showing diligence for water use. Property owners could lose their water user permit if they fail to comply.

The road report to the council indicated that the spring road grading is progressing for all of the town’s side roads after winter use.

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The annual spring cleanup day last Saturday was successful, according to Castle Valley Road Manager Greg Halliday. He said three smaller bins were filled with construction material and removed to the landfill along with a larger bin that was filled with metal objects. Another trailer loaded with tires and appliances also made its way out of the valley for recycling.

By limiting what was allowed to construction material, appliances and tires, the bins were not filled with tree limbs and other yard waste, which fills the bins up much quicker and drives up the cost of the cleanup day. A chipper from the State Division of Natural Resources will be in the valley next month to take care of those items.

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Last month, 1st Lt. Michael Williams introduced the town council to the Community Covenant Program, which was created in 2008 by the United States Army. The program is designed to reach out to all military service members regardless of service branch. The intent of the program is to encourage cities and towns across the country to formally commit their support to service members (current and former) and military families residing within their communities. The initiative in Utah began in early 2010 with a Community Covenant Citation read on the floors of the Utah House and Senate.

Essentially, cities and towns are encouraged to form a collaborative group consisting of civic and religious leaders to evaluate and decide what the community can collectively do to support service members and their families. Ideally, the group would like to see each town set up a volunteer military liaison position to keep everyone aware of the service members in their area who are deployed, thus ensuring that families of service members are being well cared for. The town council is currently considering the proposal and considering a Community Covenant.

I’m not sure if our community currently has active military personnel living within our boundaries but we probably have a representative from every war from World War II on down living within our town. In the meantime, we should at least remember and honor them during this Memorial Day

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