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Q: I read about the leash law that Gila County is trying to extend to Districts 2 and 3. Does Payson have a leash law and how does it work?

A: Payson has had a leash or dog-at-large ordinance on the books since Jan. 28, 1999.

"It's been real effective for the town, and we're real glad we've got it," said Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department.

Specifically, it said that any dog not on its owner's property must be restrained by a chain or leash, or in a cage. Excessive barking comes under a public nuisance animal ordinance that applies to any animal that makes "disturbing noises," including "continuous and incessant" howling or barking. One hour is the rule of thumb police go by in determining when disturbing animal noises have become continuous and incessant, Engler said.

Q: Why doesn't the town put speed bumps in residential neighborhoods where they're having so much trouble with people speeding, like McLane Road and Easy Street?

A: The main reason is that speed bumps are not approved in the manual on uniform traffic control development for public roads. However, what's known as a speed hump has just been approved in the recently released 2000 manual, LaRon Garrett, town public works engineer, said. Actually speed humps are more effective than bumps.

"A speed bump is just a bump in the road," Garrett said, "but a speed hump is anywhere from 12-40 feet wide and is designed for the speed of the road. The town is looking into putting speed humps on roads we are going to be paving to see how they work. The cost isn't bad if we do it when we pave the road, but it's real expensive about $10,000 to put them on existing roads."

What if neighbors take up a collection?

"If they raise $10,000, they might be able to get one," Garrett said.

Q: My husband just dropped off some newspapers at the town's recycling bins at Wal-Mart. He found furniture and other junk there. How can people be so cheap that they do that instead of taking their stuff to the dump, and what can be done about it?

A: While it's not a huge problem for the town, it happens often enough that "we ask ourselves the same question," Public Works Director Buzz Walker said.

"Every once in a while, we go get that stuff out and put it in the town dumpsters," he said. "Other than that, there isn't much we can do. It's pretty much operated on the honor system."

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