Blue Ridge Study On Council Agenda

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The town council will be asked to approve another Blue Ridge Reservoir water study when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday at Payson Town Hall.

The $19,000 water rate study and long-term financial plan proposed by Public Works Director Buzz Walker will assist with "a type of financial planning unprecedented in the 25-year history of the Payson Water Department."

"It will tell us what it will take to operate the Blue Ridge Reservoir if we decide to go ahead and build the pipeline," Town Manager Fred Carpenter said. "Obviously, it isn't going to be cheap to do that project and there's going to be some costs for people either in higher impact fees or higher water rates to get that water here."

Also on the agenda Thursday evening:

  • A resolution requiring that town officers and department heads reside within town limits. The item was on the agenda at the Oct. 13 meeting, but was sent back for revision.

"They incorporated all the changes in it that were suggested by the council and they're coming back with it," Carpenter said.

Included in the new version the council will consider is a requirement that police personnel and firefighters reside within an area that allows them to respond within a specified number of minutes to be determined by the council. In addition, town officers and department heads hired after Dec. 1 would be required to establish residency within the town limits within one year of appointment.

  • A request to close Main Street from McLane Road to Meadow Street on Saturday, April 29 for the annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show.

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