What's Up?


Q: The Sawmill Crossing whistle was reinstated recently by private citizens. It was never put to a vote of the town. Now surrounding neighborhoods have to put up with it and it's extremely loud. It disturbs sleep and businesses. Why was it not put to a vote?

A: Because it's on private property, it didn't have to be.

"I think it's just great," said Bob Ware, executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is located right across the street from Sawmill Crossing. "I know when it's 7 a.m.. I know when it's 5 p.m.. I know when it's noon and time to go eat.

"It's just like anything else," Ware said. "Everything upsets somebody. I don't think if you took a decibel reading it's any louder than church bells. I've lived in some towns where when the church starts ringing its bells it can go on for 15 or 20 minutes. They play a whole raft of tunes."

Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department said no complaints about the whistle have been received.

Q: During the mayor's debate sponsored by the Roundup, Jim White said, "I know where the water is." Has anybody ever asked him to tell us where it is?

A: We did, and this was his answer:

"It's in storage," said White. "That's what the town water department reported that there's plenty of water in storage. And also the offer to trade water with Salt River Project is still on the table. If you find water they will trade you the same amount of surface water here."

Then we asked Public Works Director Buzz Walker to respond to White's response.

"We have water in the storage tanks, that's an accurate statement," Walker said. "And it is possible that any deal for surface water and maybe some groundwater utilized within the Payson area may involve securing an offsetting water supply for Salt River Project in the Valley. That's 100 percent accurate. Salt River Project will be a piece to the puzzle of any water action in Payson. That's the reason we maintain relationships and we talk to them on a fairly frequent basis."

In the meantime, Walker says the town will stay on Stage 2 restrictions until the monsoon season produces a lot more precipitation than it has so far.

"We've had one citywide storm event here, maybe two," Walker said. "I think we need to keep the notion foremost in people's minds that this hasn't been a very good monsoon season to date. The drought still persists."

White, incidentally, has maintained a low profile since losing the mayoral race by just 24 votes. He said he is staying busy "working on several projects."

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