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Q: We are blessed with a beautiful new library and we live in a small town where most people live a 10-minute bicycle ride to everything. So why doesn't the library have a quality bicycle rack by the entrance for parking and locking our quiet, non-polluting bicycles? The town of Payson should promote bicycling.

A: The library does have a bicycle rack. It's brand new and has been in place since the facility opened. But it's in the parking lot by the mailbox.

"There was no place by the door to put it," said Terry Morris, library director.

The rack is securely anchored, accommodates about 12 bicycles, and it better be high quality, Morris added.

"I almost had a heart attack when I paid for it. It was six-hundred-and-some odd dollars," she said.

Q: Why is it necessary for Circle K south to power wash their parking lot from 4-5 a.m. every Friday morning? They're waking up the entire neighborhood.

A: Circle K South manager Lisa Bane said the early-hour hosing only happened once.

"When I got to work at 6 a.m. that Friday, I was surprised to see that it was already done," Bane said.

She referred us to Shawn Simmons of Simmons Landscaping who performs the weekly chore at both Circle Ks. Simmons apologizes for any inconvenience.

He says he tries to get the job done early before heavy traffic starts at the stores and so he can get to his regular job. To minimize neighborhood noise, he usually starts at the non-residential north store about 3 a.m.

Simmons admits it's a noisy process, but promises to put the machinery inside a trailer in the future to minimize the disturbance.

"I'm just trying to make Payson more beautiful, and it only happens on Fridays," Simmons said. "I'll try to get down there a little later, and maybe you can tell people to put earplugs in on Fridays."

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