Council Tackles Lengthy Agenda For First Meeting Of New Year

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The Payson Town Council will do a substantial amount of housekeeping work at its first regular meeting of 2003 on Thursday.

Seats on many of the town's committees and commissions must be filled at the meeting.

In order to make the process more efficient, the council will first consider amending the town's term limit ordinance. Currently, the ordinance prohibits a board or commission member to serve more than two consecutive whole terms.

The plan is to eliminate the term limits so those members who have served and can make a continuing contribution can be reappointed.

The committees and boards, the number of vacancies and planned appointments include:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Disability Awareness Committee; three vacancies; planned appointments are Jared Tenney, Kenneth MacNab and Roger Hattrup.
  • Board of Adjustments; four vacancies; planned appointments are Ronald R. Lee, John Nelson, Robert Morgan and Frances Patch.
  • Building Advisory Board; four vacancies; planned appointments are Jon Barber, Floyd Swenson, Roger Hattrup and James Garner.
  • Green Valley Redevelopment Committee; four vacancies; planned appointments are Blair Meggitt, Judy Miller, Andy Romance and Allenn Lehman.
  • Historic Preservation Commission; seven vacancies; planned appointments are Stan Brown, Sharesse Von Strauss, Patricia Lundbald, Bruce Van Camp and Anna Mae Deming.
  • Industrial Development Authority; two vacancies; planned appointments are Don Curtis and Daniel Young.
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; two vacancies; planned appointments are Dave Crowell and Susan Connell.
  • Personnel Board; one vacancy; no appointments are planned.
  • Planning and Zoning Commission; three vacancies; planned appointments are George Barriger and Don Harmon.
  • Ad Hoc Parks and Recreation Project Committee; three vacancies; no appointments are planned.
  • Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board; one vacancy; planned appointment is Walter Gregory.
  • Fire Department Alternate Pension and Benefit Plan; one vacancy; planned appointment is Vince Palandri.

Permission sought to go for bond election

Rather than bearing all the weight of deciding what capital improvement projects get a green light, a plan is being proposed to put the issue before the voters.

Town Manager Fred Carpenter, at the suggestion of Mayor Ken Murphy, is asking the council to proceed with the process of preparing for a bond election for Sept. 9, 2003.

"There are several capital improvement projects that have been suggested by various persons. Mayor Murphy suggested we follow an approach whereby we develop cost estimates and place the list of projects on the ballot for voters to pick and choose," Carpenter wrote in his report on the issue in the council's information packet.

The town manager also prepared an outline of activities that will be necessary prior to putting the issue to the voters:

  • Town departments prepare preliminary lists of significant capital projects that will likely be needed during the next several years.
  • Cost estimates for preliminary lists are prepared.
  • The mayor recommends for council ratification a list of residents to serve as a bond review committee, being sure to include a representation from a variety of interest groups in the community.
  • Over a five- to six-week period, the review committee holds a series of regular meetings at which departments review their lists of proposed projects to be included in specific areas for possible inclusion on the bond ballot. Staff presentations would include the capital cost of each project and its impact on debt service, as well as operation and maintenance costs for each project.
  • The review committee generates a final report for the council containing its recommendations as to what should be included in the bond election.
  • Council votes on submittal of the bond question to the voters.

Carpenter said there are three kinds of bonds that voters must approve: general obligation bonds; revenue bonds; and street improvement bonds.

General obligation bonds are retired through property tax funds. Revenue bonds are paid off with the revenue generated by the facility for which they were issued: such as utilities; public transportation like buses and vans; municipal golf courses; etc. To pay off street improvement bonds, a municipality may use some of its highway user revenues.

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