Council To Consider Sale Of Skypark Lots

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The Payson Town Council will have a special meeting an hour before its regular meeting Thursday to decide what to do with the seven-and-a-half lots in the Skypark subdivision.

Who gets the lots?

"There is a 5 p.m. meeting regarding the disposition of Skypark lots," Town Manager Fred Carpenter said. "The humane society wants to purchase three-and-a-half of them, and, of course, we've had an offer from Pat Randall to buy all of them."

Last month, Randall went before the council with earnest money, expressing her interest in buying the property.

"Then, we have the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation," he said, "who wants us to assign the lots to them through a complicated procedure whereby they would pay us once they sell them and use them for economic development."

Carpenter said another option is to take no action and keep the lots.

The humane society is currently located on South McLane, but purchased a lot for a new facility on Longhorn Road.

"What the Humane Society really wants us to do is trade their Longhorn lot or their existing property for the lots," Carpenter said.

"At the staff level, there has been a desire to get a hold of as much property as we can in the American Gulch area for long-term development.

"I don't know what we would use the lot on Longhorn for. We'd probably ... sell it."

The regular meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., will include discussions of re-zoning for the coming Home Depot store, Cablevision's license renewal, water conservation, and "cabins" at the Rim Club.

The special meeting of the Payson town council begins at 5 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m. Meetings are held in council chambers at town hall and are open to the public.

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