Town Unwilling To Share Costs For Road To Hospital

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The Payson Town Council earned some time off for Thanksgiving after working its way through a tedious four-hour session Thursday at Town Hall.

The marathon began with a 5 p.m. special meeting to discuss, among other things, whether the town should help pay to extend Main Street east of the Beeline Highway to accommodate the expansion of Payson Regional Medical Center. In the end, the council indicated its willingness to pay the town's fair share for roadway drainage improvements, but not the road work.

The regular meeting bogged down in a host of minor amendments to the town's unified development code and land use plan, most intended to bring the town in line with the state's Growing Smarter Plus legislation signed into law earlier this year.

An animated argument did erupt over the initiation of a local improvement district to upgrade drainage and roads in Alpine Heights subdivision. Opposing sides made counterclaims regarding homeowner support for the project, and Alpine Heights resident Robert Carr accused Mayor Ray Schum, also a resident of the neighborhood, of helping to "railroad" the improvement district through.

"This is a setup deal," Carr fumed after Schum directed the two sides to resolve their conflicting numbers and return in January.

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