Town Council Gives Corporate Strategic Plan A Look

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The Payson Town Council will convene at 5 p.m. Thursday in special session to hold preliminary discussions on the annual update to the town's corporate strategic plan.

At the meeting, interim Town Manager Kelly Udall plans to propose a new approach to the council for implementing that plan.

"Under the previous manager, the corporate strategic plan was married to the budget," Udall said. "What I want to do is pull those numbers out to talk about programs rather than numbers. That way, the council can set the tone and direction for the town through the corporate strategic plan, then the staff can show them later through our budget proposals how we plan to implement their priorities."

Udall also will present the council with a prioritized list of council initiatives developed from their input at a preliminary meeting held in January.

"This will be the first time they've seen the list prioritized and they will then have an opportunity to reshuffle their priorities," Udall said.

The council has tentatively scheduled a meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, to authorize a final draft of the plan, and another meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, for a public hearing and possible adoption. The plan covers the upcoming fiscal year which begins July 1.

Highlighting the regular meeting agenda, which begins at 6 p.m., is a request from Public Works Director Buzz Walker for an expenditure not to exceed $45,500 from the Water Enterprise Fund for the town's share of a membrane treatment study to identify various options for treating water from Green Valley Lake for storage underground near Rumsey Park. If approved the town will partner with the Bureau of Reclamation, which will provide professional staff, equipment and expertise to help determine the appropriate water treatment process for the Rumsey Recharge Project.

"Most of that outlay will be in the form of labor," Walker said. "The study will only cost us about $5,000 cash."

The study is not related to the proposed regional Bureau of Reclamation study discussed at the Feb. 14 council meeting that would look at a wide variety of options for addressing the future water needs of the Rim country.

Following the regular meeting, the council will adjourn to executive session to discuss and take possible action on a lawsuit filed against the town. According to Road Runner Rubbish Removal owner Vickie Ely, who is suing the town, the suit has to do with the town's trash pickup contract.

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