Council Looks At Mclane Improvements

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Improvements to one stretch of McLane Road could begin within six weeks. To get the work done the Payson Town Council must authorize an intergovernmental agreement with the state. The agreement is one of the items before the council when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday at Payson Town Hall.

Through the agreement, the state will provide Highway User Revenue Funds to reimburse the town for improvements to that road from Payson High School to Main Street.

"Once we get this through council, then McLane Road goes to bed and we go to construction," said LaRon Garrett, public works engineer for the town. "We've been waiting for this paperwork for about six weeks now, or we'd already be out there."

Garrett said the stretch of McLane scheduled for improvements will be widened, with curbs and gutters, plus bike lanes on both sides, and a sidewalk on one side.

The council will also consider a change order for an additional $7,000 to Tetra Tech, Inc., the company retained to assist with the American Gulch master plan.

"The extra costs are associated with some extra meetings we wanted them to attend," said Garrett.

The American Gulch channel is a floodplain encompassing the area between the channel on Sawmill Crossing property and Green Valley Lake. As a result of the plan, considerable land now in the floodplain will be reclaimed.

At the Jan. 24 council meeting, Community Development Director Bob Gould told the council Tetra Tech's master plan will reduce the size of the floodplain from 34 to 14 acres. By adding 20 acres of developable land, Gould said it will become "an attractive area where we can have trees and walkways and do a lot of different things similar to the Indian Bend Wash concept down in the Valley."

Other items on the Thursday evening agenda:

A proclamation declaring May 12-18 as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Two requests for special event liquor licenses, one filed by the Northern Gila County Historical Society and one by the Payson Toy Drive.

A request by Council- member Jim Spencer to consider an amendment to the Unified Development Code that would allow bed and breakfast establishments in single-family residential zoning districts.

"This is something (Spencer) has been wanting us to take a look at for quite awhile now, and this is his last shot to get it on the agenda," said Interim Town Manager Kelly Udall. "It would be kind of nice for Payson to have a few more of those bed and breakfasts around."

A second reading and public hearing on adoption of new editions of the International Building Code, National Electrical Code, International Mechanical Code and several other codes.

"Every three years the town looks at updating these types of codes," Udall said. "It makes a lot of sense for us to do because it actually lowers the cost of building."

The Building Advisory Board, comprised of representatives from the building trades, has approved the adoptions.

Possible action on a rental agreement for tie-down spaces at Payson Municipal Airport. Udall said the agreements are fairly common, so he hopes local pilots will not react negatively.

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