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May 2, 2013
by Ron Drake
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It is now official that the Castle Valley Annual Spring Clean Up will happen and will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Town Hall lot. Don’t even think about dumping household trash or yard debris because they will not be accepted and employees of Bob’s Sanitation and the town will be closely monitoring what goes in the D umpsters.

They will be accepting construction waste, metal, tires (four per customer) and appliances. There will be a $10 fee for appliances with Freon. The first pickup load (two cubic yards) will be free and a fee of $6 will be charged for each additional load.

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The annual Castle Valley scholarship will again be awarded to Castle Valley’s 2013 graduating high school seniors and they may apply now. Castle Valley Town Clerk Ali Fuller asked seniors to submit a letter of interest accompanied by proof of acceptance at an accredited institute of higher learning and proof of registration to her at Town Hall no later than Thursday, June 13. The scholarships will be awarded by the Castle Valley Town Council at the June 19 regular council meeting at 6:30 p.m. If further information is needed, call the town office at 435-259-9828.

The scholarship has been furnished annually since 1991 by an anonymous donor and former resident of Castle Valley. Over the past 22 years, tens of thousands of dollars have gone to local graduating high school seniors to help them with their first year of college or trade school. Last year, Morgan Taylor was the latest in a long list of delightful Castle Valley youth to move on to great things.

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I mentioned two weeks ago in this column that the candidacy filing dates for those seeking a position on the town council will begin June 1 but a recent change by the Utah State Legislature will shorten the filing date by a week. Officially, the dates to file for candidacy are June 1 through 7 during regular business hours. Since June 1 falls on Saturday and the Castle Valley Town Hall is closed Friday, June 7, the filing dates for Castle Valley candidates will be June 3 through June 6 during business hours. The Town Hall is open Monday through Thursday from from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The mayor’s position and two council seats will be available for four-year terms and one two-year council seat will be up for election this November. The terms of Castle Valley Mayor Dave Erley and council members Tory Hill and Brooke Williams will expire, as well as the seat held by Jazmine Duncan, who was appointed to fill the seat of Lynn Henry when she resigned in June 2012.

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During the Castle Valley Town Council meeting, which was held April 17, several parents of young toddlers presented the council with picture samples of playground equipment they would like to see on the town lot. The council discussed liability and maintenance issues but were basically in favor of the idea. Mayor Erley said the town was invited to “piggy back” on a grant for playground equipment with the Grand County Recreation Special Service District board, which is submitting a large grant for a new park in Spanish Valley.

The owners of the Castle Valley Inn Bed and Breakfast are building a home next door to their establishment, but the stipulations for the business require that the owners live on the premises. The council is looking at the contract and will be updating and clarifying some of the points of that agreement, including the issue of a manager living on the property.

The council also amended the water user agreement process by lengthening the time between affirmations from one to three years. When getting a water user agreement from the town, property owners currently have to affirm that they are 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. As it is, he said the majority of the questionnaires are not being returned and he will be sending out a second notice. He will include a self-stamped return envelope with a simple form to sign, in hopes for a better return rate. Groo said the town must show the state that Castle Valley is accounting for its water usage. The town must also show diligence for water use. Property owners could lose their water user permit if they don’t comply, he said.

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