Diamond Star Seeks Town Manager, Clerk

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The Diamond Star Town Council tentatively agreed to utilize the services of a financial consulting firm to select a town bank at its regular meeting last week.

The decision to retain Peacock Hislop came after a presentation to the council by Curtis Shook, one of the firm's vice presidents.

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Chuck Heron

"He and his firm will be looking at requests for proposals from various financial institutions, some of which have representatives in the Payson area, and some that are out there in the state that do this all the time," Councilor Chuck Heron said.

Several councilors indicated "off the record" that the town council is rethinking its intention to use The Stockmen's Bank because of recent political views expressed by Patrick Willis, branch manager.

Safe yield study

The town also reached agreement with LFR Levine Fricke, the environmental management and consulting engineering company that will monitor the town's wells.

Two nights later, the Payson Town Council approved a request for a proposal for another safe yield study of the Diamond Star area.

Heron said he wants the two firms to monitor the same wells. He also expressed the need to factor quality of life into any safe yield study.

Town manager posting

The council also approved posting job openings for the positions of town manager and town clerk, hopefully by the end of the month.

"There was a lot of discussion about whether we could get by at the inception only having one person," Heron said. "But it's too busy and we felt it was important to have somebody in district all the time."

Intergovernmental agreements

Finally, the council appointed committees to begin work on intergovernmental agreements with Gila County for law enforcement, street maintenance and planning and zoning services. Agreements must be in place by July 1 when the county will stop providing those services.

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