Wondering About Police Hiring Practices And Star Valley Water



Issue 1: The LDS and Gartner/ Edwards letters.

Personally, I was aware of the LDS/Payson police hiring and promotion rumor long before the run for mayor began and assume many people in town had also heard it.

If the director of an agency within the town has a negative rumor floating around about his department, he should be asked to show the rumor to be false.

Therefore, requesting clarification by a mayor candidate regarding internal practices is not only appropriate, but advisable to be addressed with Chief Gartner and other police officers who may be impacted.

Which brings us to the question, what is the real intent of the timely public airing of the letter? Is it more about the topic content Mr. Edwards addressed with the Police Chief or more about an intention to influence the upcoming election?

Issue 2: Signing the contract for Star Valley water.

I know of no one in his or her personal life who would sign a contract with the intention of later renegotiating it to incorporate changes that have already been proposed and discussed. Mayor Brewer, Vice-mayor Buettner, Councilmen Henley and Wilson voted to do just that in a March Council meeting despite being informed by legal counsel they did not have to sign the contract at this time. In fact, they were informed they could renegotiate the contract at the present time, prior to it being signed. Signing this document was pushed by and voted for by these four individuals.

It is interesting to note that the Council had only two weeks prior discussed approaching the contract of the Multi-Event Center from a position of strength. How then is signing a contract and then renegotiating it consistent with the concept of contracting from a position of strength?

Signing the contract for Star Valley water (and Star Valley was incorporated for the sole purpose of stopping the flow of this water), ensures that every man, woman and child in Payson will pay $50 to connect to this water line ($750,000 paid for by a population of 15,000), regardless of the amount of water that is ultimately delivered into our water system.

If you approve of the votes of your current town government, vote to keep them in office and to elect others who think in the same manner. If you do not feel they are voting for your best interests, vote for change.

Gene Sampson


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