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Q: Ask Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker if the residents and businesses of Payson are allowed to wash down driveways, sidewalks and parking lots with the water restrictions that are in place? The restrictions printed in the Roundup didn't address this, and Circle K, Denny's and Wal-Mart are still washing down their parking lots. Brooms are for sweeping, not our precious water.

A: Walker agrees, and such activities are prohibited for both residential and business customers under stage 2 restrictions.

"No person shall wash paved areas such as driveways, sidewalks, and tennis courts except for health or safety purposes," the edict reads.

"An exception would be an outdoor eating area," Walker said.

If anybody sees violations taking place, Walker asks that you call the water department at 474-5242, extension 4, and let them know.

Q: I recently attended the antique car show and great race at Green Valley Park. It's such a beautiful park, but is there any chance of getting some more benches installed for us older people?

A: "Yes," said Bill Schwind, town parks director. "We went out and measured how far apart the benches are with a walking wheel.

"Most were in the 300-700-feet range, and the farthest apart were 1,000 feet. We will make an assessment based on those numbers and put some more out there where they won't interfere with our sprinkling."

Schwind says benches are not a big budget item.

Call 474-5251, ext. 147, to reach Roundup's What's Up? line. Leave your question on the answering machine and we'll try to find the answer.

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