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Q: According to the Northern Gila County Historical Society's book, "Rim Country History," how many residents made their home in Payson when the town was founded? According to current statistics, how many people now live in Payson?

A: The townsite was established in 1882 with a population of 40. According to information from Town Manager Fred Carpenter there were an estimated 15,430 residents, as of July 1, 2005.

Q: Are there any plans for a Social Security Administration representative to be in Payson more than once a month?

A: There are not, according to Jim Pavletich, Social Security public affairs officer. But, he added, there is not much that can't be accomplished over the phone by calling 1-800-772-1213 or on-line at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Personal information is encrypted and secure. In addition to the comprehensive information on the searchable website, an e-mail form is available, and a social security officer will respond to questions.

Social Security representatives from the Mesa office are at Town Hall in Payson from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.

Q: I gave one candidate exclusive permission to put his election sign up on my property. Now two other candidate signs have appeared. What is the proper procedure for getting rid of the signs I do not want?

A: "Because it is your private property you can remove the signs and throw them in the trash," said Gila County elections specialist David Rogers.

Alternately, you could call the office of the candidate whose signs you do not want and ask them to remove the signs, he said.

Q: I need to know how to lower the flag when there is only one person to do so.

A: Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag according to U.S. Flag Code:

During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.

According to http://www.usa-flag-site.org/etiquette.shtml "When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously."

Q: What is the current salary of the Justice of the Peace in Gila County?

A: The current salary of the Justice of the Peace is $78,487.50 according to the Gila County Personnel Departmart. The salary amount is the same for JOPs in Payson and Globe.

"The annual salary of each justice of the peace is determinable on the basis of the total judicial productivity credits of each court as reported in statistics compiled by the Arizona supreme court according (a) formula," reads Arizona Revised Statute 22-125.

The complete statute may be read online at: http://www.azleg. state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp.

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