Castle Valley Comments
November 22, 2012
by Ron Drake
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A crew from the State Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands will be in the valley next week with their mammoth chipper to reduce piles of tree limbs to piles of useable wood chips. The chipper is scheduled to be in Castle Valley Nov. 26 through Nov. 29, according to Alison McCluskey, Southeast Area Wildland-Urban Interface/Sovereign Lands Coordinator with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. There have been only a few sign up for the free service so far this fall and she encourages everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.

McCluskey said they will be able to accommodate people by “driving by” if your pile of limbs is near the road but a call to her would be a better idea to ensure they can find your residence. She can be reached by cell phone at 435-210-0362.

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The Castle Valley Town Council discussed several items of business during its monthly meeting last week. The meeting was held a week ahead of the normal time because of the Thanksgiving holiday and next month’s meeting will also be the second Wednesday, a week ahead of normal. Both meeting times are according to the published meeting schedule, which were adopted last year at this time.

The meeting schedule for 2013 was approved by the council last week. Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month with no exceptions as none of the holidays will interfere with the normal meeting schedule.

A letter of resignation from the town’s water agent, Ron Mengel, was read by Mayor Dave Erley. Mengel stated in his letter that he needs to curtail his volunteer activities and spend more time to seek new clients for his consulting business. Because of the poor economy, he said he will lose many of his current clients. Mayor Erley publicly thanked Mengel for his three years of sorting out the town’s water issues. The town will post for a replacement.

As a result of complaints from citizens who attended the Castle Valley Gourd Festival, the town council discussed two issues that were raised at that event. Dogs that were running at-large during the town event, especially during the potluck lunch, annoyed many people. Smoking during the public event was another source of complaints by other individuals. As a result, the town council voted to prohibit dogs and smoking on the town lot.

Castle Valley Road Manager Greg Halliday discussed converting a donated surplus fire truck from the Castle Valley Fire Department to be used as a water truck for the town. He plans to remove the tank and pump from the 1979 Mack fire engine and replace it with a tank and pump that is currently in use on an old dump truck. The town approved $5,000 for the conversion but Halliday said he doesn’t plan to spend nearly that much.

Halliday also asked the council’s approval to adopt an application permit for right-of-way encroachments. It would require property owners to sign a document to encroach on the town’s easements for work on lots for driveways, power, culverts or any time a property owners does any type of alteration within the town road easement. He used a copy from the Grand County Road Department as an example. It was passed by the council.

The council also approved the final draft payment to Moab Construction for the completion of the new road shed building. It was mentioned that the construction project went a little over budget, partly because of some upgrades approved by the council.

In preparation for the general plan update for the town, 369 surveys were sent out to residents and property owners to help the council plan for the next five years. Castle Valley Planning and Land Use Commission chairwoman Mary Beth Fitzburgh said that 180 of the surveys were returned by the Oct. 31 deadline. She said members of the commission are currently tabulating the results of the surveys and that people can still submit their surveys if they have not already done so. They will still accept them until the tabulations are complete.

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It was announced 30 years ago this week that the Castle Valley Fire Department, as part of its training, would be conducting a CPR class for certification. Fire Chief John McGann invited all interested valley residents to join them in the class.

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