Council Looks At Request To Change Speed Limit

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The Payson Town Council has a full plate of public hearings slated for its Sept. 12 meeting.

There will be four public hearings for liquor license requests.

A fifth public hearing is a request to change zoning on 16.35 acres originally planned for manufactured housing. Owners Barbara and Patrick Underwood now want zoning for site-built, 25-lot residential development.

The council also will hear a request from its public works department to change the "School Crossing" and "15 mph Speed Limit" signs and possibly increase the speed limit to 25 mph adjacent to Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School.

According to Town Manager Fred Carpenter, the speed limit issue was put on the agenda at the urging of Mayor Ken Murphy. Neither the Public Works or Payson Police Departments support the move. It is not supported by the high school administration either, though the middle school principal suggested a compromise of 20 mph immediately before and after school. Murphy said since the speed limit was lowered in 1997, he has had more than two dozen complaints about it.

The council has an executive session scheduled at the end of the meeting to discuss problems with the bids for the Payson Municipal Airport T-Hangar Infrastructure Project.

The council meets at 6 p.m. at the town hall council chambers, 303 North Beeline Highway. For more information, call 474-5242.

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