Council Oks Construction Bid For Library

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Payson's new public library is one step closer to becoming a reality with the Payson Town Council's authorization of a $1.745 million construction contract during its final meeting of the year Thursday at Town Hall.

The contract for the library, which will be built in Rumsey Park, was awarded to low bidder Amon Builders, Inc. to the enthusiastic applause of those in attendance. According to Town Manager Rich Underkofler, the library "should be substantially complete and ready for occupancy by Sept. 1, 2001."

The council also overturned a decision by the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a batting cage and video arcade project at the southeast corner of Highway 87 and Airline Road.

In presenting the issue to the council, Community Development Director Bob Gould told the council the developer had met every town standard, although neighbors had requested an 8-foot masonry wall buffer rather than a 6-foot wall as stated by the developer. Steve Graziano, a spokesperson for the developer, agreed to the 8-foot wall.

In other action, the council approved a one-year contract with the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce that grants the organization $76,800 in bed tax revenues in exchange for the implementation of various programs and services to support and strengthen the local economy. Those services include producing tourism publications, investigating the impact of eco-tourism on the town, and developing strategies to address issues identified in the retail leakage and business retention and expansion studies.

Proposed revisions to the town code relating to use of parks boiled down to wording that opened the Payson Event Center to horse enthusiasts unless a permitted event conflicts.

At the request of the town's insurance carrier, motorcycles and ATVs are prohibited at the event center "because they don't mix with horses," Town Attorney Sam Streichman said.

The council also approved a non-paid holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King on the third Monday in January.

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