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    Castle Valley Comments
    Sept. 30, 2010

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    Men donned wooden masks and numerous layers of sweatshirts and ponchos then proceeded to hit each other with whips as they danced around the town square.

    A public hearing will be held on a draft that reorganizes Castle Valley’s zoning ordinance 85-3 and amends various sections of the ordinance.

    Proposed amendments address livestock limits, nonconforming uses, non-complying buildings, definitions of “building” and “public building,” square footage limits for public buildings, and a requirement that permanent structures intended for living purposes meet the IBC definition for dwelling unit.

    Also addressed will be temporary accessory dwelling units and enforcement of ordinances. The draft document can be found on the town’s website at www.castlevalleyutah.com.

    The public hearing will be held during the Castle Valley Planning Commission’s regular monthly meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 6 beginning at 7 p.m. The planning commission invites all interested people to the meeting and to voice their opinion.

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    The Castle Valley Town Council voted several months ago to ask Castle Valley Town Clerk Denise Lucas to become a notary public. The service would benefit the town in some of their clerical matters but they also thought it would benefit the community as a whole.

    Lucas has met all of the legal requirements and now has in her possession the required certificate and seal to perform duties as a notary public. The service is now being offered to the community as a free service during town business hours for anyone needing notary service. There will be a minimal fee to others not of our community.

    Both the town clerk and the town council felt “it is a good thing to do,” according to Lucas, and could save people a long trip to Moab for the valuable service.

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    That curious rectangular-shaped “billboard” that sits atop Porcupine Rim above the valley has been there for 30 years this week. Newcomers and visitors to the valley always ask what it is and why is it there.

    That large reflector was placed there as part of Castle Valley’s new telephone service by Continental Telephone, which was put into service in December 1980. The reflector transfers signals from equipment placed on Bald Mesa to a collector on the valley floor, which is then fed through underground cables down the roads and into the homes.

    Over the years, the system has been upgraded and additional cables installed to keep pace with the increased demand of more residents and the electronic age. Another major upgrade will occur sometime next month when Frontier Communications will dramatically upgrade the high-speed Internet service to the valley, which has been overloaded in recent years.

    Residents were experiencing sluggish Internet service and others were placed on a waiting list to receive the service before Frontier announced the installation of new equipment to meet the demand.

    The latest word from Frontier Communications officials is that the new equipment will be installed on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and phone service in and out of the valley will be suspended for up to eight hours except for emergency 911 calls. The new equipment has apparently been assembled and tested at a plant in the east and is on the way to Castle Valley. The details are still sketchy at this time but by next week this column will have all of the specifics of the project.

    Residents will also be reminded of the phone outage by means of reverse-911 calls, signs at various locations, notices on the town’s web page as well as this column.

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    Twenty years ago this week, Patt Plastow submitted her resignation as a member of the Grand County School District Board of Education. She said that she was advancing her education and would be unable to attend board meetings for three months and felt that her district needed to be represented at all times. In addition to Castle Valley, her district included Spanish Valley, Cisco, Dewey and Elgin.

    For several months during the summer back then, a large dumpster was placed in the valley for trash collection. The project soon went over budget and problems were encountered with general abuse of the service. A suitable permanent location could not be found so the project was discontinued.

    ByBy Ron Drake

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