Council To Consider Bond Initiatives

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The time-consuming process of narrowing $40 million worth of capital improvement projects down to just over $9 million has been completed. Now members of the Capital Improvements Projects committee will make their recommendations to the town council Thursday on which high-dollar projects they believe should become bond issues.

Chairman Bruce Whiting, speaking on behalf of the committee, will suggest the following projects become bond initiatives on the September ballot:

  • public works package that includes 12 street projects totaling about $4.4 million.
  • A public safety package that includes a communications overhaul within the police and fire departments; a remodel of the Main street fire station; and the construction of a new fire station in the area of Tyler Parkway and Highway 260. The cost of these capital improvements is about $3.5 million.
  • A parks and recreation package consisting of putting synthetic turf on three ball fields at Rumsey Park and putting a roof structure on the Payson Events Center. The combined cost of the two projects is about $1.2 million.

The committee met weekly to hear testimony from department heads who lobbied for their projects. Taking into consideration the unsuccessful history of bond elections, the committee rapidly narrowed the field and explored how to package the issues to make them palatable to voters. By late April, they had completed their list of recommendations.

The council is expected to discuss the projects and decide which merit funding through a bond election.

Thursday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers at town hall and is open to the public.

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