Council Aims To Muffle Loud Stereos

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Get out your best western duds. Mayor Vern Stiffler will proclaim May 16-23 Payson Western Wear Days when the Town Council meets Thursday.

And if you're wondering what to wear, check with the newly proclaimed historian of the Town of Payson, Stan Brown, who will receive an official proclamation naming him to that post.

But once the council gets down to business Thursday, keeping the town peaceful will be the task at hand. The council will have a first reading and public hearing on an ordinance to control loud noise and music within the town.

The ordinance pertains to sound amplication systems operated in a loud manner. A violation of the proposed law would result in a misdemeanor for anyone operating a sound amplification system capable of being heard or felt through vibrations at a distance of 100 feet.

Also on the agenda is a request to go out for bids for the maintenance of dirt roads.

The council will also hold a public hearing on an application filed by Lawrence L. Sheehan for a zone change request for two lots on Chaparral Pines Drive.

The proposal is for a gated subdivision, "Indian Trails," which met with opposition when it first went before the public.

The Payson Planning and Zoning Commission voted April 26 to recommend denying the request to allow 20 residential units on the nearly 12-acre east Payson property.

The two lots are currently zoned R1-90, which allows for 5.67 lots at 90,000 square feet each on the property.

The council will also have a first reading and public hearing amending the town code as it pertains to the airport board.

The item is for information only and will be scheduled for the May 27 council meeting.

Airport fees
A related item in unfinished business on the agenda Thursday has to do with a request by Town Manager Rich Underkofler to increase fees for airport tie downs, entrance and exits through the airport fence, and camping fees at the airport, effective July 1.

Underkofler will ask the council to increase tie down fees from $22.50 a month to $30 a month; through-the-fence fees from $11.25 a month to $15 a month; and campground fees from $10 a night to $12.

In his request to the council, Underkofler states that the Airport Advisory Board considered his proposed increases at its April 20 meeting and disagreed with the fee hikes.

The board is recommending smaller increases for tie downs and through-the-fence fees, and no change in fees for the campground.

The council will discuss and possibly take action on a resolution to execute a quit claim deed pertaining to property in Wildwood Subdivision.

A 3-3 vote on April 22 by the council denied a motion that would have given Greg Ginter access to the land personally and by vehicle and the right to temporarily park a travel trailer on the property.

At the April meeting, Ginter told the council that he was the rightful owner of the green belt property, which, he said, the town had been offered in 1995. Ginter told the council that the town took no interest in the property at the time.

After listening to Ginter, Council member Ken Murphy motioned to quit claim the property, but the motion failed with Stiffler and Council members Ray Schum and Hoby Herron dissenting. Council member Jim Spencer was not present at the April 22 meeting.

The Council meets at Town Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. Thursday following a 5:30 p.m. Council Airport Committee meeting.

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