Council Approves New Rules And Procedures

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There was no applause after the town council voted 6-1 Thursday evening to approve a new set of meeting procedural rules that allow the mayor to curtail "unauthorized" acts if they are deemed disruptive.

Along with applause, specified acts include but are not limited to "unauthorized remarks or demonstrations" such as "stamping" of feet, whistles, boos and yells. The 22-page document, titled "Rules of Procedure for Town Council Meetings," is a revised version of a first draft originally presented to the council on March 28.

The new version includes several revisions drafted by Town Attorney Sam Streichman.

"What we've attempted to do is take the suggestions that were made and the concerns of the council and incorporated them into the document," Streichman said.

He said the new rules only apply to council meetings and not to the various town boards and commissions.

The lone dissenting vote was cast by Councilmember Hoby Herron, who objected to the provision on applause.

"I think polite applause is very proper at council meetings," Herron said.

The council also voted 6-1 to approve the 2002 Payson Corporate Strategic Plan.

In recommending approval, Interim Town Manager Kelly Udall said, "I think it gives us the direction we need as staff to go forward and implement our budget. I think you've given us good direction."

In other action, the council:

Approved special-event liquor licenses requested by the Pro-Rodeo Committee for the spring rodeo and St. Philip the Apostle Church for a Cinco de Mayo fund-raiser.

Approved a request by Leonard Little, owner of Payson Car & Truck Salvage at 804 S. McLane Road, to rezone that 7-acre site from R3 to C-3. The salvage yard was originally zoned CU in 1988, but that classification was eliminated when the town adopted the Unified Development Code in 1996.

The change allows Little to put the property on the market and will encourage its use for an application more in keeping with the future vision of Main Street and the Green Valley Redevelopment Area, Community Development Director Bob Gould said.

Passed a resolution supporting the designation of the Oxbow Inn as a state and national historic register site.

"(The designation) brings a certain prestige to the area, gives us additional advertising, and it sets a new standard for the buildings down there...," Main Street Manager Karen Greenspoon said. "A lot of people are now interested in seeing if their properties will qualify."

Awarded a contract for $80,114.35 to G & G Construction Co. for an intersection improvement project at Mud Springs Road and Highway 260.

"It will provide a right turn lane for the west bound (Highway 260) traffic (and other improvements)," Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett said. "Basically we will be splitting the cost of construction with ADOT."

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