Legality May Yet Be Determined



I have watched the deviation, stalling and many other tactics of the Payson town council and town manager come into play in this great and important battle of Payson attempting to get Star Valley water. I thought I must write again to "Mail Call" and be sure that the voting residents of Payson understand what a "rotten" deal has been made to get water from a well in Star Valley, on property owned by Roy Haught and George Randall.

This water would be pipelined in an 8-inch pipe from a deep well in exchange for $750,000, paid by the town to Roy Haught and George Randall, giving developers the right to build three subdivisions within Payson.

Agreement for the three subdivisions should never have been allowed since Payson does not have the supply of water within its town limits. Payson was forced to purchase water at great cost from a neighboring community. An abnormal amount of water is involved in these "political" dealings and should not be allowed, no matter what it costs Payson.

The referendum has obtained sufficient names to call for a vote of Payson residents who are registered voters, as to whether water should be taken from a neighborly community for the purpose of establishing, at a cost of $750,000, three subdivisions that never should have been contracted to begin with.

This is a question of water, but is also a true moral issue. All those connected with this type of water manipulation will have to bear the shame it will bring upon them now and later. Diamond Point, as well as Star Valley, could be damaged by poor water supply, or possibly dry wells. The offer reported in the Payson Roundup of Sept. 16 of $2,000 to be able to connect to Brooke Utilities is ridiculous. Who wants to go from your own well to having to pay for water, which wouldn't be yours any longer? Brooke's water supply might also go dry.

I hope Payson residents who are registered voters will remain the "good guys" and vote to not allow the delivery of this Star Valley water to Payson by pipeline. It might be legal to sell water in some cases, but on such an abnormal high volume these circumstances might not hold up in court.

William R. Kollenborn, Diamond Point

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