New Council Takes Office Thursday

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Out with the old, in with the new.
That will be the very first order of business at Thursday evening's Payson Town Council meeting, as Judge Ronnie McDaniel administers the oath of office to Mayor-elect and current Councilmember Ray Schum, incoming councilmembers Bryan Siverson and Dick Wolfe, and re-elected councilmember Barbara Brewer.

Originally, the ceremony to fill the seats left by outgoing Mayor Vern Stiffler and councilmember Jack Monschein was scheduled for the council's June 25 meeting. But because the town's newest leaders won their offices in the primary election eliminating the need for a general election the town was able to legally hold the swearing-in one month earlier, Town Manager Richard Underkofler said.

Directly after the ceremony, Mayor Schum and the revamped council will take nominations and select by secret ballot the new vice mayor and acting mayor, who would lead the council in the absence of both the mayor and vice mayor.

That done, Schum will issue his mayoral first proclamation urging all citizens to participate in Payson Millennium Legacy Trail Day. With the 790-mile border-to-border Arizona Trail having been recognized by the White House Millennium Trails Council as Arizona's Millennium Legacy Trail for the year 2000, both a statewide and community celebration will take place Saturday, June 3.
Back on the agenda after being tabled at the last meeting is a public hearing concerning a rezoning application filed by local property owner Harold Corbin. Corbin has asked the council to change the zoning from R1-175 to R1-90 (to allow for single family residential lots over 90,000 sq. ft.) on a 14-acre parcel near South Tyler Parkway to allow him to build a five-lot subdivision.

The council also will consider an intergovernmental agreement between the town and the state to pay for Airport Road improvements.

The plan, Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett said, is to widen Airport Road and add sidewalks and curb gutters from McLane Road to the main entrance of the airport.

Garrett also will ask the council to award a one-day repaving project to local contractor State Constructors Inc., which was the low bidder at $34,545.

According to Garrett's report to the council, a 2,648-foot section of Gold Nugget Way in the Rodeo Ranchos subdivision "completely failed." Town crews have rebuilt the road, and the paving, which will cause delays and detours for a day, is the final phase of the project, he said.

Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind will ask the council to approve a special event fee schedule and application form.

The proposed form includes a number of fees, including $32 an hour per police officer for event security; $65 an hour for street cleaning and $250 for fireworks display safety inspections.

Speaking of sparklers, Schwind also will ask for authorization to pay $6,598 to Fireworks Productions of Arizona, Inc., for Payson's first July 4th fireworks display in two years and its first at Green Valley Park.

"Meetings have been conducted with the fire, police, water and parks departments, as well as the technicians responsible for the detonation of the fireworks ... to provide a safe and entertaining show," Schwind reported in his request, but cancellation is possible if an "extreme fire danger or any other perceived safety problem" exists.

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