Castle Valley Comments
May16, 2013
by Ron Drake
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It was nearly 30 years ago to the day that this column reported on the spring cleanup, which was one of many to be held in Castle Valley over the years. The column stated: “Saturday morning, May 21, beginning at 9 a.m. is the date that has been set for a spring cleanup according to Linda Jarman, a member of the property owners association board of directors.

“Jarman stated that county road crews will provide a front-end loader and several dump trucks with operators to cruise the River Ranchos streets and pick up trash that has been piled along the roads.

“Jarman said that she is looking for four volunteers to ride along with the drivers to help them locate houses and roads during the cleanup, from 9 a.m. until about noon. Those interested in helping should contact her.” The article said that the previous clean-up project accounted for seven dump truck loads of trash, which were hauled out of the valley.

This weekend, after a threat of cancellation, the annual Castle Valley Spring Cleanup continues uninterrupted for another year. It was announced during a Castle Valley Town Council meeting in March that last year’s cleanup ran over budget, due largely to the dumping of unauthorized material.

The council was told 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. The Sand Flats landfill is only allowed to accept construction debris and not household garbage so the household garbage that gets dumped has to be manually separated and taken to another landfill.

Instead of the traditional spring cleanup day, the Grand County Solid Waste Special Service District was going to issue vouchers good for one pickup load of refuse to be delivered to either the Moab landfill or Bob’s Sanitation’s collection station.

In April, Castle Valley Mayor Dave Erley and Castle Valley Road Manager Greg Halliday attended a meeting of the solid waste board and reported that it looked like the annual spring cleanup in Castle Valley would happen after all this spring. The residents were still going to be given a voucher for one truck load, but there could possibly be a charge for additional loads. The mayor suggested bringing fewer burnable items because they take up so much room and require more Dumpsters and trips to the landfill. Earlier this month, it was officially announced that the spring cleanup will happen and take place this Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Hall lot. They will accept only construction waste, metal, four tires per customer and appliances. A $10 fee will be charged for appliances with Freon. They will not accept household trash or yard debris, and employees of the town and Bob’s Sanitation will closely monitor what goes into the Dumpsters. Castle Valley Town Clerk Ali Fuller stated last week that it sounds like there will not be a charge for additional loads.

If the residents will honor the requirements and stipulations of this great service to the community, the tradition might be carried on well into the future.

On a related subject, Alison Lerch, National Fire Plan/Sovereign Lands coordinator for the State Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said last week that they are planning a chipper day for Castle Valley for June 17. A four-person crew will bring a massive chipper to homes in the valley and reduce those piles of limbs to usable wood chips. More will be written about this, but this will be an opportunity to take advantage of the chipper rather than burning the yard debris or trying to sneak it into the Dumpsters.


The work on the Lions Park Transit Hub and Colorado River Pathway Project has been progressing smoothly after the anxiety over the full nighttime closures is now over until late summer.

The news release for this week states that the wire walls are now complete on the abutments of Bridge C1008. Work now begins on the south abutment wall of Bridge C1012, and the wall west of Bridge C1008. Utility installation for the transit hub continues this week, as well as completion of the mass excavation. The bridge deck on C1008 will be formed next week and work there will continue into the coming weeks.

One-way traffic at the bridges will remain through the weekend, but will be discontinued for Memorial Day weekend. The news release stresses that “access on the bridge decks [is] prohibited until the project is complete. The bridges are unsafe until this time and require safety apparatus to be on them.

“Bicyclists’ must obey traffic signals, and ride in the open traffic lane. Please do not ride in the closed lane as you will be put into the path of moving equipment.”

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