Council Approves Arena Contract

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The Town Council awarded multi-event-center promoter Barry Cardinael with a three-month contract extension Thursday.

The council granted Cardinael the extension on his 15-month contract to continue his work on the town's rodeo grounds. He will receive $1,000 a week plus $500 a month for expenditures while he coordinates volunteer projects and raises funds for the new rodeo grounds and multi-event center on the south edge of town.

The vote was 4-2 in favor of Cardinael's three-month extension. Mayor Vern Stiffler and Council member Hoby Herron voted against the request. Council member Barbara Brewer was absent.

"While I admire everything Barry's done, the contract set stipulations that the work would be done by now," Herron said.

Members of the Rodeo Committee and Cardinael's supporters filled the council chambers. Chuck Jackman, speaking on behalf of the committee, said Cardinael's probationary period should not be every three months. He said Cardinael should be given more "rein."

"We are backing the man's efforts," he said. "We believe his efforts are devoted 100 percent to this community."

Mayor Vern Stiffler said, "Everybody knows I did not support Barry's extension six months ago. I'm sorry, Barry. I still feel the same. I heard this was not going to cost us a penny."

In other business, the council honored two town employees who recently won awards.

The town's Chief Financial Officer Glenn Smith received one of 700 awards given out by the Government Finance Officers Association. The GFOA recognized Smith from among 12,000 government financial officers for his excellence in budgeting.

Payson Fire Chief John Ross presented two awards to Dawn Zurcher, a firefighter/EMT with the department. Zurcher was chosen State Firefighter of the Year and Payson Firefighter of the Year for her extensive work with the community and her dedication to education and safety issues.

The council unanimously approved a request by Community Development Director Bob Gould to amend the Unified Development Code to include a Citizen Participation Plan and Report for zoning requests.

Gould told the council that Payson's plan is based on one adopted by the City of Glendale.

"What we're hoping happens here is that people are able to make more informed decisions," Gould said.

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