Council Takes A Look At Wildfires, Economy

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Information about regional economic development and the Rodeo-Chediski Fire will lead the Thursday night agenda of the Payson Town Council. In a related matter, the council will decide whether to go on record opposing the closure of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

Scott Flake and Russell Judd of the Payson Regional Economic Development Committee will make a presentation to the council. This will be followed by discussion and possible action regarding the Rodeo-Chediski Fire and related evacuations.

The council will then hear and act upon a presentation from Sally Odette concerning Arizona Public Service's Focus Futures II program. Like Payson's first Focus Features program in 1993, it's designed to establish long-term implementation of economic development activities and planning.

An ordinance to control noise at night is also on the July 11 agenda. It proposes making it unlawful to generate music loud enough to be heard within 300 feet of the source between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., Friday and Saturday, and between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Construction noise is exempt, but the Special Plan District for the Green Valley Redevelopment Area is not.

In other business:

The council is being asked to adopt the tentative budget for 2002-2003 and set a public hearing for the adoption of the final budget for Aug. 1.

The parks and recreation department is asking permission to advertise a request for proposals from private and non-profit entities regarding the long-term leasing, development, operation and management of commercial or recreational facilities on the 36-acre town-owned site currently used as the Payson Event Center.

The council meets at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 11 at its chambers in the Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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