Public Comments Sought On Corporate Strategic Plan


The Corporate Strategic Plan and the proposed airport committee are two of the items on tap for Thursday's meeting of the Payson Town Council.

"With the council's consent, we will be putting the CSP out there for public comment," town manager Fred Carpenter said.

The CSP lists objectives and goals of every town department and, unlike previous years, sets a timeline for when the objectives are to be met.

At the previous council meeting, several members of the council wanted the caveat written in that certain high-dollar projects such as the community center and American Gulch project would be accomplished pending an adequate funding source.

Councilor Robert Henley made the point that some constituents had trust issues regarding spending on projects they felt were not priorities. Clarifying a contingency of funding, Henley said, may alleviate some suspicion.

"People will have until March 11 to pick up a copy of the CSP," Carpenter said. "Then they can make recommendations to their council person."

Resurrecting the Airport Advisory Board was a contentious issue at a January council meeting that was approved by a 4-3 vote.

"This will be a first meeting of the draft," Carpenter said. "We took what we heard from the council and tried to put something together everyone could agree on."

Councilors Barbara Brewer, Judy Buettner and Dick Wolfe were critical of bringing back a board they thought was made up people with special interests who wanted to circumvent the authority of the airport manager.

"Bringing back the board is a big step backward," Wolfe said. "Ted Anderson (airport manager) is doing a great job."

According to the ordinance that would re-establish an airport advisory committee, the members would advise and make recommendations to council on issues including:

  • The long-range development, improvement, and promotion of the airport;
  • The safe, orderly, and efficient growth of the airport;
  • The Airport Master Plan;
  • The Airport five-year capital improvement programs;
  • Economic development at or related to the airport;
  • Airport rates and charges;
  • Other issues as presented by the airport manager.

The stipulations of the ordinance is that no more than 45 percent of the committee can be made up of pilots and the remaining members shall be people with interest or expertise in finance, urban planning, economic development or general aviation.

According to Carpenter, the mayor will have the duty of appointing committee members.

Following the regular meeting, the council will adjourn to discuss noise complaints regarding the Door Stop by some people who live near the airport where the business is located.

Community development director Bob Gould has been working to come up with a resolution to the issue, but said he could not discuss the specifics.

"We did have a meeting with approximately three homeowners in the area," Gould said. "We discussed this whole issue. When the meeting ended, they agreed to give us 30 days to respond to their belief about what the codes allowed."

Gould said he has drafted a response to the homeowners, but is waiting on feedback from town staff.

"There are regulations in the town code that would declare some levels of noise to be a nuisance, but location is relevant to whether it is considered a nuisance," Gould said. "Our noise codes could be strengthened a little bit because they don't deal with duration and they don't allow us to look at noise differently in residential areas than industrial areas."

Jim Hill, owner of the business that brought about 70 new jobs to town, agreed that the town needs to deal with the issue or else it will be a continual problem in the town's growing industrial areas.

"Payson doesn't have the ordinances in place to handle the new growth and there are no specific noise allowances in this industrial zone," Hill told the Roundup during the Door Stop's grand opening. "People will question our noise output no matter how quiet we become. Right now, we are far quieter than the allowable level in any of the Valley cities."

Hill said he has already spent thousands of dollars trying to minimize the noise.

"We're doing everything that's technically possible to make it so we can eliminate or at least minimize the noise we put out," Hill said. "But people need to realize we are a manufacturing facility and the town put us in an industrial zone at the end of an airport runway. I didn't think noise would be an issue."

The executive session is closed to the public, but any action taken by the council will be made in public.

Meetings of the town council begin at 6 p.m. in council chambers at town hall, and are open to the public.

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