Prmc Asks Town To Help Pave Way To Medical Building, Hospital Wing


The Payson Town Council, which will only meet once in November and once in December to accommodate the holidays, will tackle a month of issues during a 5 p.m. special meeting and a 6 p.m. regular meeting Thursday at Town Hall.

The two meetings have generated a stack of minutes, agendas and position papers more than an inch thick.

During the special meeting, Payson Regional Medical Center and Rim Living will ask the town to pay a third of the cost of extending Main Street 1,050 feet east of the Beeline to South Mariposa Lane.

PRMC officials plan to expand the hospital and build a 30,000-square-foot medical office building on two acres north of the proposed extension.

"This road will benefit the community," Russell Judd of PRMC and Russell Maughan of Rim Living said in their proposal to the council, which asks the town to pay nearly $315,000 of the $1.038 million road project.

Event center admission

During the regular meeting, Town Manager Rich Underkofler will ask the council for $11,000 to implement safety and security measures at the Payson Event Center as recommended by the town's insurance carrier so both the practice arena and regular rodeo arena can be open to area horsemen. That carrier, the Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool, initially told town staff members that the event center wasn't covered under the town's policy, but has since reversed that position.

During a meeting of the Payson Horseman's Association last week, Underkofler said he would also ask the council for permission to draft a separate code for use of that facility because it is not a park. The association has led the fight to open the event center to riders.

The safety and security procedures recommended by the insurance carrier include installation of a perimeter fence on all sides of the grounds, use of plywood to close openings in the judges' stand and thus prevent access to the elevated platform, enclosing openings in front of the bleachers and between the arena fence, and posting signs with the hours the facility is open to the public and the rules for its use.

New developments

The council also will be asked to approve the preliminary plat for Town & Country Estates, a 19-lot subdivision of single family homes northwest of Frontier Elementary School on South Mud Springs Road. Approval would be contingent on 12 conditions recommended by the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission, including submission of a project slope analysis map and hydrology study.

Another project under consideration Thursday will be Rim Overlook, a proposed condominium and hotel project north of the event center. Underkofler will ask the council to authorize a new development agreement for the project to replace a two-year agreement that expires this month.

The developer has asked for an extension because interim construction financing for the hotel has not been obtained. Underkofler will recommend additional conditions in the new agreement, including a $300,000 payment by March 1, 2001 for realignment of South McLane Road from Green Valley Parkway to the access road that would serve the project.

People for a prettier park

Also on the regular meeting agenda is a request by Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind for $9,329 from the council contingency fund to add aesthetic enhancements to certain park facilities in response to complaints from the Trailwood Homeowners Association.

Those enhancements would include adding paint to the new ball field backstops at Rumsey Park, installing a landscape buffer between Payson Parkway and the park and installing green slats on the park's maintenance yard fence.

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