Town Council Deciding Its Strategy For Next Year

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The Payson Town Council will look at a plan which will provide guidelines for next year's budget when it holds its regular meeting Thursday.

The council has used the strategic planning process since 1993 to provide guidelines for preparation of the town's annual budget.

In his request to the council, Town Manager Rich Underkofler writes that there are new sections on budget assumptions, priorities and environmental protection that have been added to the plan.

The council met with management staff on April 30 to review and update the plan and again on May 11 to consider the water resource management section of the document.

Characterizing Payson's current policy as "an aggressive water conservation program," Underkofler proposes to continue to enable growth in the demand for water on a "first come, first served" basis.

The draft, as it is now written, states that the town will continue approval of applications for new water service that create demands of 20 or more equivalent residential units. This would be based upon the applicant obtaining a new source of water and dedicating it to the town.

Underkofler has added a single sentence that may enable the town to look at projects that include affordable housing more favorably. He writes: "The Town Council may consider a different requirement for 'affordable' housing projects pursuant to objective criteria to be recommended by the Housing Advisory Committee."

Underkofler will present the revised draft of that plan at a public hearing Thursday.

The council could approve the plan at the conclusion of the public hearing or table it for more changes at a subsequent meeting.

In other business, opponents of a proposed noise ordinance will have one last chance to be heard.

Proponents of the ordinance have already made themselves heard and have been loud and clear about the fact that they no longer want to put up with the music they're hearing from loud stereos in cars and homes.

The ordinance would make it illegal to operate any sound amplification system in a vehicle which could be heard at a distance of 150 feet or more from the vehicle, or which can be felt as a vibration accompanying the sound.

If the ordinance passes, any person found guilty of violating the amended Town Code would be subject to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $300.

Also on Thursday's agenda is a public hearing and second reading of an ordinance which would make it unlawful for a person to urinate or defecate in public.

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

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