Towns, County, Tribe Meet Tonight To Find Common Ground


A special meeting will be held tonight among the Payson town council, Star Valley town council, Gila County and the Tonto Apache Tribe.

The groups will discuss, among other things, the relocation of the county seat to northern Gila County.

"We want our fair share of the pie," said Mayor Bob Edwards. "We are not getting our fair share. We want a better court system and more convenient services in our area."

The meeting is the first gathering during Edwards' term to address long-range and short-term planning goals for the entire region.

"What we're trying to do is identify the things that are constantly in our way," Edwards said.

Town Manager Fred Carpenter said the meeting is a step toward synchronizing the goals of other entities with Payson's future.

Star Valley and Payson share several interests, including the completion of safe-yield studies, well monitoring and a reworking of current development and water restrictions.

And a pending land swap with the tribe, and a proposed bypass route will require the cooperation of all area entities.

The special meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

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Possible discussion at tonight's meeting:

  • Forest health issues
  • Potential southeast Payson loop
  • Existing and potential future county facilities in northern Gila County
  • Relationships among Gila County governmental entities and elected officials
  • Issues concerning services provided to the citizens of northern Gila County by Gila County

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