Town Council Tackles Tough Water Issues Thursday

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Having only one regular meeting this month, the Payson Town Council has a full agenda Thursday night. Two different water issues will be the most important matters discussed, according to Town Manager Fred Carpenter.

“They will be looking at the water conservation ordinance and the Bureau of Reclamation study,” Carpenter said. “Water resources are the biggest issue facing Payson in the long run. One (the conservation ordinance) protects existing resources and the other (the study) is about finding new sources.”

The ordinance establishes conservation measures tied to the level of production of water by the town.

Safe production capability, the baseline from which conservation measures are required, is 90 percent of the total available water resources, based on distribution components, storage reserves, weather conditions and historic data.

When water demand is equal to, or less than, safe production capability, the ordinance creates Resource Status I. Conservation measures at this point include minimizing waste in water use.

The second level arises when demand is greater than safe production capability for three consecutive days. At this point water restrictions begin.

The third level is in place when demand has been greater than safe production for two consecutive weeks. The restrictions become more stringent at this point.

The final level is created when demand is greater than safe production capability, at which time the strictest conservation measures are required.

The council was also scheduled to take up the issue of a land use and zoning change for the proposed Old West theme town on Main Street. However the request was withdrawn by the applicant’s agent, Leonard Will, when it was scheduled to be heard by the planning and zoning commission, and has not been resubmitted.

In other business Thursday, the council will:

  • Adopt policies and procedures for use of town procurement cards;
  • Consider authorizing Buzz Walker to contract with Utility Service Company, Inc., for maintenance of the town’s water storage tanks;
  • Act on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s recommendation to reject the one proposal received for the leasing and operational maintenance of the Payson Event Center and direct the staff and board to explore other economic development opportunities for the property;
  • Consider and ordinance to reinstate the Airport Advisory Board;
  • Approve or reject an offer by Schneider Rifle Barrel for $32,000 for Lot 31 Sky Park Industrial Subdivision.

The Payson Town Council meets at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 in the council chamber at the Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway. For more information, call 474-5242.

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