Additional Items On The Council's Agenda Thursday


Besides increasing the bed tax to fund a police academy, a long town council agenda includes two rezoning requests for new subdivisions.

The first would allow construction of townhouses in Payson Overlook north of the Payson Event Center. The other is for Manzanita Hills Phase 6 subdivision, which would utilize water taken from Star Valley.

"This is the first one (utilizing Star Valley water) that has come to the council's attention," Carpenter said.

Other agenda highlights include:

  • A proposed change to the contract with a consulting firm studying the cost of bringing Blue Ridge Reservoir water to Payson and treating it. Brooke Utilities, the California-based water company that provides water in Pine and Strawberry, wants to reimburse the town for expanding the study to determine the cost of bringing Blue Ridge water to those two communities.

"What I think they're going to find is that it is going to be difficult to make it cost-effective," Carpenter said. "We're just amending our contract with the understanding they're going to pay for it."

  • A decision on whether to put a roundabout or a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 87 and Airport Road/Airline Lane.

"ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) has said we'll study a roundabout, but you're going to have to pay $25,000 for it because we've already studied the other option," Carpenter said.

ADOT is also studying installing a roundabout at Highway 87 and Houston Mesa Road.

"I think they want to put a roundabout there, if anything," Carpenter said.

  • Approval of a $30,000 grant application to assist with funding the bronze elk gateway project in the roundabout at Highway 87 and Tyler Parkway. Payson Gateway Project, a citizens' group led by Jeanie Langham, is trying to raise $65,000 for the project as well.
  • Approval of the preliminary plat for a Habitat for Humanity condominium subdivision at 801 W. Longhorn Road.

"It's the southwest corner of Longhorn and McLane," Carpenter said. "There will be eight houses -- all Habitat houses -- but they'll only build one a year."

For a complete copy of the agenda and supporting documents go the the town's website:

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