A dog will take center stage when the Payson Town Council meets Thursday.
The first order of business will be a presentation, the Purple Paw Award, to the town's Russian shepherd, Brigg, who was injured in the line of duty last month.
Council member Jack Monschein, who made the motion to award Brigg the award at an earlier council meeting, said other law enforcement dogs and their handlers may be present at the ceremony.
"I understand there will be 60 handlers and their dogs here Thursday," Monschein said. "It's an organization of law enforcement dog teams who come to Payson every year."
Brigg, a six-year veteran with the Payson Police Department, was with his handler, Payson Police Officer Rod Mamero, at the scene of a burglary at Payson High School in the early morning hours of May 13 when he fell 20 feet from the catwalk above the auditorium to the floor. Brigg has undergone a number of surgeries to repair the tendons and ligaments in both his front legs.
Eastside rezoning to be considered
During its regular business meeting, the council will consider two zoning change requests, one of which was filed by Randall Troutman, the agent for Milo and Cherrel Willis, for a proposed five-lot subdivision on 5.28 acres east of North Chaparral Pines Drive.
The council will also hold a public hearing for a zone change request filed by Gary Dashney for property owners F.P. Real Estate L.L.C. The request is for an 88 residential lot subdivision at Chaparral Lakes and includes a future cluster of 56 residential units. A total of 144 residences would be built on 144 acres east of North Tyler Parkway and adjacent to the Chaparral Pines development.
In other business, the council will have a public hearing to discuss and possibly take action on a resolution to change an ordinance to the town code pertaining to the licensing and regulation of sexually oriented businesses.
The council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Town Hall council chambers.