A variety of items are on tap for this Thursday's town council meeting, including a presentation by Congressman Rick Renzi.
Town Manager Fred Carpenter expects Renzi to discuss forest health and what he has been doing on behalf of Rim country to help remediate damage from drought and bark beetle.
The council will then consider applications for special event liquor licenses for fundraisers for the Elks, the Payson Rodeo Committee, and the Northern Gila County Historical Society.
Also on the agenda is the first public hearing before the council on the Payson General Plan. By law, the town council must hold at least one public hearing prior to adoption of the plan. A second public hearing is scheduled for May 8.
The Payson General Plan 2002-2012 is a 10-year framework to guide future growth and development. The plan focuses on elements such as land use, growth, water resources and environmental planning.
State law requires that the town adopt the final version of the plan by a resolution of the town council.
The town council must approve the adoption of the general plan by at least a two-thirds majority vote. Once the plan is adopted by the council, no changes can be made prior to a public vote during the municipal election in September.
A second reading and public hearing is scheduled for an ordinance that would fine people for false alarms. A service charge would be assessed against an alarm user after three prior false alarms. On the fourth, a $50 charge would be levied and a fifth false alarm would cost $75.
Higher speed limit
The council also will consider a request by Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett to increase the speed limit on Tyler Parkway from 25 to 40 mph.
A study conducted by the police department in 1999 using a "SMART" trailer, recorded traffic speeds for four days. Eighty-five percent of motorists had an average speed of 40 mph.
Another study completed Monday afternoon by Garrett used equipment that was much less visible to motorists and a potentially more accurate reflection of motorist speeds.
"It was a just a black patch on the road," Garrett said. "The average speed in the 85th percentile increased to 48.3 mph."
Two ordinances on the agenda are classified as "emergency" which according to Carpenter, allows them to take effect immediately rather than have a 30-day waiting period during which a member of the public can file a referendum forcing the issue to a public vote. An emergency ordinance requires six votes in favor in order to pass.
Ordinance No. 626 would make sounds such as that of a refrigerated truck, a violation of the noise code if it is audible at a distance of 300 feet between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The second emergency ordinance, No. 629, relates to the construction of the Canal Senior Apartments to be located on Historic Main Street.
The developer, Englewood Corporation, must have its application to build affordable housing to the state by May 15. The application should reflect that the town has amended the code to accommodate the proposed apartment complex. The ordinance would grant "relief from the residential lot density standards" of the town.
The Payson Town Council meetings are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers at 303 N. Beeline Highway.
- iscussion/possible action concerning Resolution No. 1779, captioned as follows: A resolution of the mayor and common council of the Town of Payson, Arizona, to approve, pursuant to A.R.S. Section 48-262(l), an annexation of additional territory into the Northern Gila County Sanitary District of those certain parcels of real property as denominated on the attached Exhibit "A" (1113 North Falconcrest Drive, Payson, Arizona, Gary F. and Valerie L. Butkus, owners, Assessor's Parcel No. 302-23-018M).
- ouncil Decision Request filed by LaRon G. Garrett, Public Works Engineer, to approve the roadway construction of South Tyler Parkway from Highway 260 to Rim Club Drive subject to the developer's two-year warranty of improvements and to accept these roadway improvements for town maintenance under such warranty.