Q: I understand the town bought the lot on the northwest corner of McLane and Main Street. There used to be a box car or two on it. Who did they buy it from, how much did they pay for it, and where did the money come from?
A: At the June 14 Payson Town Council meeting, the council authorized an expenditure of $50,000 to acquire the 5,434-square-foot parcel at 608 South McLane Road from Clint Simmons. Town Manager Rich Underkofler reports that there are currently three railroad box cars and a metal storage building on the site.
Plans are to apply for a state parks grant to build a historical park on the site. The grant would cover 50 percent of the appraised value of the land, and the local Rotary clubs and an anonymous donor have pledged to underwrite $20,000 of the development cost in exchange for naming rights to the park, said Bob Ware, incoming president of the Payson Rotary Club and newly named CEO of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Once occupied by Boardman's General Store, the first wood structure in town and home of its official clock, the box cars have been on the site since the 1940s. According to one source, they were originally used as loading docks and storage facilities for food and other provisions for purchase by local ranchers and farmers in the years before Payson had a supermarket.
Q: I heard the opening of the new Payson Goodwill store has been delayed again. What's the new date?
A: The Goodwill store was scheduled to open this Friday, but the opening date has been pushed back several weeks due to unexpected construction delays and town permitting set backs. Watch for ads in the Payson Roundup announcing the new opening date.