Council To Take Look At Rim Overlook

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The Payson Town Council will consider a request Thursday to approve construction of six buildings with 24 condominiums each for the Rim Overlook Phase 2 Condominium Subdivision, a gated community at 1200 S. McLane Road.

Howard Fisher, representative for Rim Overlook LCC, said Monday that the plan includes building 144 one- and two-bedroom condos on 13 acres north of the proposed multi-event center.

"The condos are beautiful," he said. "Each is on one floor of a three-story building with an elevator and an underground parking garage."

The proposed condos are 1,400 and 1,700 square feet and each will have two bathrooms and what Fisher described as "a beautiful view."

Prices of the condos have not been finalized, but Fisher said they will be below $200,000.

The request is on the agenda for the Town Council meeting and was approved for recommendation with 10 conditions at a June 14 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Among the items listed in the provisions is that off-site improvements are recommended for the South McLane Road rights of way.

Bed tax hike
The council on Thursday will also hold a public hearing and first reading of an ordinance to raise the current bed tax from $1 per night per room to 3 percent of the gross income of any hotel or lodging within the town limits.

The council also will look at a request filed by Chief Gordon Gartner to award the construction contract for the new police station to Amon Construction for $1.4 million.

The council will also consider a request by Town Manager Rich Underkofler to establish noise levels of 65 decibels for areas around the Payson Airport.

Health-service cost sharing
In new business, Town Attorney Sam Streichman will present a report to the council regarding the establishment of a county health department within the town.

In an April 27 letter to the mayor and council, County Supervisors Ron Christensen, Ed Guerrero and Cruz Salas wrote that the county is already providing health services to Payson without a specific request. The county supervisors have given the town 60 days to request the services in writing and to enter into cost-sharing negotiations with the county or discontinue the services.

The letter states that no city or town in Gila County has established its own board of health and that the only way Gila County can legally provide health services to any municipality is by request and through cost-sharing. The decision was made by the Gila County Attorney's Office.

Similar letters were sent to the City of Globe and the towns of Hayden, Miami and Winkleman.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall Council Chambers at 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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