Towns Propose County Seat Move In Letter


Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron sent a letter to the Gila County supervisors Wednesday addressing their intention to research a move of the county seat.

The mayors also asked for political support in other endeavors such as lobbying for a bypass, creating new jail facilities and improving county services.

The Wednesday communiqué summarized the concerns discussed Tuesday evening when more than 25 representatives from Payson and Star Valley, including council members and town staff, met to consider the future of northern Gila County.

Edwards said he'd repeatedly tried to contact District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin to no avail. The other two supervisors -- Joe Sanchez and Shirley Dawson -- couldn't attend without Martin because of potential open meeting law violations.

Edwards said the lack of county support for this area was of special concern.

"We need to get the county's attention somehow," Edwards said. "I would think politically she'd want to talk to us. The fact that I can't get her to call me back is atrocious. I'm totally disappointed with the supervisors we have here."

Star Valley and Payson have planned another discussion Sept. 25.

For more details about Tuesday's meeting, read Friday's Payson Roundup.

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