Town Eyeing Purchase Of Golf Course

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Harry Parsons, long-time owner of the Payson Golf Course, said if the price

is right, he would be willing to sell the golf course to the Town of Payson.

And town officials just might want it.
The town is expected to take the first step toward the purchase of the golf

course at Thursday's Town Council meeting. The council will discuss

allocating $7,500 to an appraiser, Ralph J. Brekan & Co. Inc., to study

potential income and costs for the golf course.

"The premise of going into this thing is that the golf course pay for

itself," Town Manager Rich Underkofler said.

The golf course was built in 1959 and purchased in 1977 by the Parsons

family.
"Harry is willing to give the town first refusal on this because the family

prefers that it be a municipal course," Underkofler said.

The appraisal will be completed by Dec. 15, in time for the entire Parsons

family to review it when they meet in Payson Dec. 18.

The proposal, submitted by Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind,

states that the cost of appraising the golf course will come from the

recreation budget.
Grant sought for skate park
Also before the council Thursday is a request filed by Schwind to authorize

the expenditure of a $55,000 grant match to develop a street course skate

park in Rumsey Park.
Payson Police Officer Dave Blalock, in his comments to the Parks and

Recreation Board Sept. 22, said that the increased popularity of skating has

created a problem for business owners with parking lots.

Schwind has proposed to convert the Rumsey Park basketball court into a

1,000-square-foot skating facility, surfacing the area with a "sport court"

and adding equipment to the outer edges of the area.

Adult care facility rezoning
The council will also hold a public hearing on a zone change request by

Gables of Payson LLC for a proposed 64-unit adult care facility with a

30,000 square foot medical center on nearly six acres just south of

Manzanita Manor.
The existing site is currently zoned R1-175 and is undeveloped residential

property.
Approval of the request for R-3 zoning, or multiple residential property,

has been recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission contingent on the

fulfillment of the water requirements and 11 conditions.

There will also be a public hearing and second reading of an amendment to a

town ordinance pertaining to an increase in the water development fee for

properties of 20 ERUs or less from $1,503 to $3,785.

Underkofler said the amendment does not apply if property is located 500

feet or more from the town's distribution system.

"In this case, no water fee would apply because the premise is that they

would build their own water supply," he said.

The amendment also defines an equivalent peak residential unit as using

7,500 gallons of water a month during peak times.

The revised impact fee is based on current estimates of costs of two

near-term water development projects. If passed, the increased water

development fee will go into effect March 1, 1999.

Council member Ken Murphy stated at the last council meeting that he was

against a flat fee for development and suggested the impact fee be based on

something that would be more equitable - the number of water fixtures or the

square footage of the home.
New property rules
The public will also get a chance for input when the council has a second

reading and public hearing on an amendment to the Town Code pertaining to

property maintenance.
The purpose of the amendment is to promote the health, safety and welfare of

Payson residents and to protect neighborhoods against blight and

deterioration.
The amendment would establish requirements for maintenance of all exterior

premises and real property and will apply to all buildings, structures and

lands with the town limits.
The amendment applies to abandoned refrigerators and vehicles, to trash and

yard debris on or about the premises, unsightly conditions and safety

concerns on property.
An owner or occupant would be given written notice of the violation and 30

days to come into compliance. If the owner or occupant fails to comply with

the recommendations, the town can have the problem materials removed and

charge the owner of the property for that cost.

Owners are also subject to a civil sanction of from $25 to $100 a day for

failure to comply.
The amendment also contains a $2,000 penalty or six months in jail, or both,

for people or businesses who place trash or debris on any private property

owned by someone else, or on public property.

New hillside rules
A amendment to the Unified Development Code pertaining to hillside

development also goes before the council for a first reading and public

hearing.
Bob Gould, community development director for the town, told the council at

its Oct. 8 meeting that the current hillside ordinance in the Land Use Plan

was not working.
The purpose of the amendment is to preserve the aesthetic beauty of Payson

and to address concerns regarding slope stability, adequate access, fire

protection and preservation of resources for properties with steeper slopes.

The most significant changes in the hillside ordinance would be to restrict

on-street parking and to provide for grading, drainage, roadways, utilities

and building design.
Underkofler said the current ordinance is for slopes of 20 percent. The

proposed amendment would be for slopes of 15 percent grade or more.

Gould said that staff could ask builders to look at other ways of developing

which would save the hillsides from erosion and scarring.

Underkofler said there will be only one council meeting each month in

November and December because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

The Town Council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Town Hall Council Chambers

at 303 North Beeline Highway.

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