This is a slap in the face.
I find it very difficult to consider a candidate for the town council who is presently developing a rather exclusive housing tract just off Tyler Parkway, and who is a member of the Town's Zoning and Planning Department who voted to re-zone Horton's property (on the Beeline Highway between the church and Home Depot) while the other board members abstained from voting on Horton's request to re-zone his large piece of land into smaller parcels.
Mind you, this was approved by only two of the board members. Antics such as this are among the big reasons we need honesty and integrity in our choice of candidates. Bob Edwards, et al, have no axe to grind, no housing projects to develop, no self-serving interest to protect and no good old boy agenda to promote.
Re-zoning Horton's property was a blatant slap in the face to Payson's citizens, and what's even worse is that the present council may just rubber-stamp its approval.
Do we really want that kind of people managing our town?
That property should have been rezoned for commercial, in keeping with the adjoining establishments. Who wants to live in a bunch of condos facing Highway 87 with a church on one side and a Home Depot on the other?
Who knows what type of zoning would be approved across the road. Maybe cattle feed pens or a hog ranch. Who knows with these clowns?
This mischief should be remembered by all voters when the May election rolls around unless you want the same antiquated, inept council and mayor in place again with the good old boys calling the shots.
It's time for "we the people" to take back our town this coming May.
Ed Welge, Payson