APPLE VALLEY — Apple Valley, one of Washington County’s newest towns, is as pleasant as it sounds. Incorporated in 2004 with approximately 300 homes and a modest growth rate of 10 homes per year, a volunteer fire department, and dedicated members of its city council, all eyes are on the upcoming municipal election. This November two women vie for seats at the round table, seats the incumbents aim to keep.
Judith Davis and Margaret Ososki join incumbents Trevor Black and Dale Kingsley in the Town Council race, while Mayor Rick Moser runs for re-election unopposed.
Council members Roger Ashmore and Kevin Sair have safe seats this year.
In addition to their council positions, Kingsley currently serves as town treasurer and has served the community in various capacities since its inception, Mayor Rick Moser said. Black also chairs the town’s roads committee.
Candidates Ososki and Davis, while lacking council experience, each bring their own experience with the community. Ososki currently serves as an alternate for the Town’s planning commission. And Davis has worked in various management and administrative positions, is an active member in the community.
For her campaign platform, Davis said she is focusing on aiding in the infrastructure of the water systems that were recently purchased. Having worked in various management and administrative positions, she said she is confident she can use her experience to serve Apple Valley.
“I’ve chosen to run for council now,” Davis said, “because I’d like to be a part of conservative growth toward a community.”
Moser is on his second term running for Mayor. Previously Moser was the chairman of the special services district for the fire department and then served on the planning commission, moved onto city council and then ran for Mayor where he has served for the past four years.
Moser is also running unopposed. Of the issues Apple Valley has faced, Moser said, Apple Valley had three water systems which were independently owned and operated and were not compliant with federal regulations. “We bought two of the three, and are now compliant,” Moser said. “We’re redesigning the system and adding new infrastructure.”
Looking ahead, Moser said, “We’re looking at dedicating a cemetery plot for residents, and to develop that.”
Apple Valley has created a park, and Moser is looking to put final touches on that project.
“We received a $50,000 grant to re-engineer and re-design a bridge,” Moser said.
Currently there is only one way into town, a single lane road which, Moser said, is not very safe. It is being redesigned with a pedestrian walk way, he said, and two lanes to handle community traffic and leave space open for a second bridge to “kill two birds with one stone” later down the road.
“Judith’s husband serves as Chairman of the planning commission,” Moser said. “She is very active in the community. She’s a quilter and donates a lot of time doing that.”
Moser said Apple Valley is a clean community moving in the right direction and that it is a great place to live.
“One of the reasons that I got involved is I care about it,” Moser said, “and I want to do it the right way, and not leave mistakes that have to be fixed later.” Of his motto Moser said, “Do it right the first time.”
Water and power
Privately owned water companies currently service the area. There are many private wells that are used for irrigation. Homes are heated with propane, wood burning stoves or electricity. For best television reception residents use a satellite dish.
The only servicing telephone company at this time is South Central Communications, who also provides the Internet along with TKS Hi-speed Internet.
All calls to Hurricane and St. George are long distance. Calls to Colorado City, Arizona, are local.
A Chevron gas station is located on Hwy 59 just after entering Apple Valley. Chevron offers regular and diesel fuel and semi parking.
UPS, Fed Ex, Schwan’s and the Hurricane post office are the main services along with many in-home businesses and a storage unit facility located within Apple Valley.
Ed. note: St. George News made multiple attempts to reach all Apple Valley candidates. Those who did not respond are not represented in this article.
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