The Zane Grey Cabin Foundation fund-raising effort could get a major boost if the organization receives a $50,000 grant from the Gila River Indian Community.
The Payson Town Council passed a resolution at its regular meeting Thursday evening declaring an emergency so the grant application could be approved in time to meet a filing deadline.
"The reason the emergency (is necessary) is that we just found out about this opportunity," Dick Wolfe, foundation president and former town councilor, said. "With any luck, we'll get it and move this cabin project along much speedier than we had planned."
Total estimated cost to rebuild the famous western novelist's cabin adjacent to the Rim Country Museum at Green Valley Park is $184,920. The original cabin, where Grey penned many of his novels longhand, burned down in the Dude Fire in 1990.
In a related development, the outline of the cabin is now visible at the new site, according to Bill Furman, a Valley management consultant who is coordinating construction.
"This weekend we lined out and marked out the footprint of the building," Furman said. "I'm hoping by the end of this month we have the sprinklers relocated, we have the (chain link construction) fence in place and we're ready to begin excavation."
In other action Thursday, the council approved an intergovernmental agreement to share the cost of a $90,000 geological survey with Gila County in conjunction with the Mogollon Rim Water Resource Management Study group, the consortium brought together by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Public Works Director Buzz Walker told the council the study is an extension of the Diamond Rim fault study conducted by the town earlier.
The council also approved Walker's request to establish a new fireflow water supply requirement of .4 gallons per minute per lot, building unit or equivalent residential unit, a decrease from the current requirement of .687. Fireflow is the amount of water necessary to fight a fire.
Walker told the council the old standards were developed in the 1970s when the town's water system was fragmented.
- he council agreed to waive building and plan review fees of up to $40,000 for Canal Senior Apartments, a 63-unit low-income development at 207 West Main Street in the Green Valley Redevelopment Infill Incentive District.
- The council also adopted a proposed bilingual pay policy presented by Human Resources Manager Tracy Snyder that will pay employees who are called upon to translate for non-English speaking residents a stipend of $100 per month.