Resolution 2098 Reaches End

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Michael Horton has the water he needs to develop a proposed 35-unit, 8-acre subdivision on North McLane Road.

On Thursday night, Public Works Director Buzz Walker will accept Horton's water and well construction, bringing Resolution 2098 to its conclusion.

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Michael Horton, developer

"What we're addressing is that the developer satisfied the obligations set forth in the resolution," Walker said. "I will provide evidence to the council that the requirements have been met. If everything is done, the council could accept the water improvements and pipeline."

To build the subdivision on North McLane Road, state law required Horton to provide an unencumbered water source.

Other stipulations included, at Horton's cost, the construction of a pipeline from Star Valley to Payson, the installation of pumping equipment, the transfer of the well's deed to the town, and the conveyance of easements.

Resolution 2098 comprised two separate agreements -- Horton found his water under Star Valley property owned by George Randall and Roy Haught.

Randall and Haught agreed to sell their water to Horton, who in turn, deeded the excess water to the town of Payson's water supply.

Horton, the town, and Randall and Haught were ready to sign Resolution 2098 in April 2005, but subsequent litigation and a well relocation postponed the execution of the contracts, said Walker.

Once the town accepts Resolution 2098, Horton can move forward on the rezoning of the North McLane Road project.

That development joins two other subdivisions, also seeking density increases:

  • North McLane Road (Horton): 8.2 acres, 35 residential units -- from one house per 4 acres to one house per 6,000 square feet..
  • Forest Edge (Horton): 64 acres, 54 residential units -- from one house per 4 acres to one house per acre.
  • Boulder Ridge off Tyler Parkway (Kevin Sokol): 16.7 acres, 51 condos and homes -- from one house per 4 acres to one house per 6,000 square feet.

Because these proposed developments comprise more than 20 units, the town will require a secure water source for each.

"The first big hurdle with these projects is rezoning," Town Manager Fred Carpenter said. "There's no question they are all tied to future water supply."

The developers are responsible for securing those water sources, yet unknown.

In the coming months, the builders will plat the properties, including adding dimensions, designing infrastructure such as streets, and engineering.

"We won't even take them until they get the water situation handled," Carpenter said. "It's their thing to worry about."

Other items on Thursday's agenda:

  • Mobile Radar Trailer

The Payson Police Department, with the council's OK, will apply for a $12,000 grant from the state office of highway safety. To catch motorists, the unit clocks speed and records vehicle information.

"The police department receives frequent complaints of speeding in a variety of neighborhoods," said Payson Police Commander Don Engler.

"We don't have enough traffic enforcement to go around."

  • Town water supply incentives

To encourage town well owners to join the municipal water system, Carpenter will present to the council an incentive program. If passed, the action would waive or defer connection fees for new customers coming off private wells.

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