Mr. Romance Goes To Washington

Council member seeks public ideas for federal visit

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Council member Andy Romance is seeking recommendations on what he should ask federal government officials while in Washington, D.C. He is seeking input from the council and town staff.

Romance was given this opportunity through the American Society of Civil Engineers, who selected him to go because of his experience in politics at the local level.

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Andy Romance

"The whole intent is so we can have the opportunity to put Payson on the forefront at the federal level," Romance said.

The American Society of Civil Engineers is a national organization that serves the profession of civil engineering. Their presence in Washington, D.C., along with their state chapters, provides influence in both technical methodologies of engineering practice and legislative action of their lawmakers.

At 4 p.m. Feb. 15, the Payson Town Council will have a special meeting to possibly select projects/programs and current interests of the town for Romance to discuss with the Arizona Congressional delegation during his visit to the nation's capital next month.

The council member was invited as one of three civil engineers from Arizona to have meetings with distinguished Senators and Congressmen in Washington, D.C.

Romance said he and the council would like to hear some ideas and thoughts from the citizens as well.

In his memorandum to Town Manager Fred Carpenter, Romance wrote, "being that our governor has recently committed more attention to rural segments of our state, I believe my representation is (a) timely opportunity to showcase Payson area vision and deeds.

"A major outcome of that showcase is hoped to be federal support of our future interests, including support in project permitting and funding."

He said it allows him the opportunity to show lawmakers a well-presented package.

"Basically, it is an opportunity I do not want to squander," he said.

Some of the projects he may discuss in the nation's capital include:

  • Expedite permitting and assist in funding of Blue Ridge surface water delivery.
  • Expedite permitting and assist in funding for the development of the Community Trails Network.
  • Establish new federal offices of Homeland Security and United States Forest Service, due to the crimes being committed in the forest.
  • Enhance the Rim Country's natural hub for wildfire fighting.

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