Grants, Newsletter On Payson Council Agenda

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The Payson Town Council at its Aug. 10 meeting will discuss a resolution to obtain community block grants for the town's longtime housing rehabilitation program.

Nearly $140,000 in contributions will benefit the dwellings of low to moderate income residents.

Town Manager Fred Carpenter said Payson partners with the Town of Apache Junction in this effort.

"We've done it for years," he said.

Every other year, Payson receives the combined grant endorsement. This agreement benefits both communities: Payson can take advantage of the economy-of-scale value created by larger projects.

To protect the town's roads during the construction of subdivisions, the town council will consider the enactment of an ordinance that holds developers responsible for street damage they may cause. The new policy also requires builders to submit an ingress-egress plan for transportation during construction.

An ordinance to renew Famous Sam's off-track pari-mutuel wagering permit is also on Thursday night's agenda. The tavern's contract with Turf Paradise, a supplier of off-track betting, if renewed will recommence Sept. 6 and end May 2009.

Although it's been around three years, the town's quarterly newsletter, The Payson Insight, could go by the wayside if the town council votes to end its circulation, saving the town $21,000.

The town council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in the council chambers, 303 N. Beeline Highway. To download a copy of the agenda, visit: www.ci. payson.az.us.

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