Town Officials Hold Road Meetings Next Week

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The property owners along Payson's dirt roads and roads with only a single chip seal will meet with town officials next week.

The Payson Public Works Department proposes to discontinue maintenance on these roads until they are brought up to standards that can be accepted into the town's transportation system.

Property owners along roads that received a single chip seal dust control treatment this summer will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 with town officials. Those living along dirt roads within the town limits will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Both meetings will be at the Payson High School auditorium, according to LaRon Garrett, public works engineer.

The agenda includes discussion of maintenance issues on private roads; the town's chip seal program; and the procedure for accepting private roads into the town system.

He said the town has already sent letters to all the property owners involved, but the public is welcome to attend as well.

A group of residents in the area involved in the proposed changes, the Rough Roaders, have been meeting for the last few months on the issue.

The group's most recent meeting was Dec. 28, where members came up with a list of questions and concerns to present in a letter to Garrett before the meetings.

"We want him to be prepared with responses," said Lew Levenson, who has facilitated the Rough Roaders' meetings. "It's a certainty we are not going to be happy with some of the answers."

The group organized a committee to develop the questions, and another to look into taking over the road.

"There is more work to do on this issue, including contacting a lawyer," Levenson said.

Garrett said if the property owners wanted to take over the maintenance of the roads at issue, the town would be more than happy to support that move.

For more information about the Jan. 7 and 8 meetings, contact Garrett at 474-5242, ext. 2283.

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