Worst Roads In Payson To Be Repaired

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Some of the roads in the worst shape in Payson, as concluded by the Street Inventory/ Assessment Task Force, include parts of Manzanita Drive, Bonita Street, Frontier Street and Longhorn Road.

In response, the Payson Town Council decided Thursday night to approve a priority list for street improvements in town.

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Manzanita Drive topped the list of roads in need of repair, presented Thursday to the Payson Town Council.

The council voted 5-0 to approve a list submitted by the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee and heard a presentation from Fran Hoffman, chair of the Street Inventory/Assessment Task Force about an evaluation of all the streets in town.

Councilors Andy Romance and Mike Vogel were not in attendance.

The committee recommended to the council an improvement plan nearly identical to the conclusions Hoffman and the task force submitted, regarding which roads in town are in the worst condition.

All the roads listed by the task force, and others, were included in the STAC priority list, based on more than 400 hours of research and evaluations.

Parts of Mud Springs Road, Phoenix Street and McLane Road also top the list for the STAC, and will be top priority for repair.

Town Engineer LaRon Garrett said most of those roads on the list will undergo repairs and improvements within two years.

Fencing regulations

The council also unanimously decided to direct town staff to review the town code to determine what fencing regulations are in place after public concern regarding a fence and orange tarp hung around property for the Mogollon Ridge project.

Payson's Planning and Zoning Commission will be looking into fence regulations at its next meeting and may come up with a resolution to present to the council at a future date regarding situations such as the Mogollon Ridge project fence and tarp.

The council unanimously approved a motion to go on record opposing the action of putting up the orange tarp around the Mogollon Ridge project property.

Police vehicles

In other news, the council authorized the Payson Police Department to purchase two new Crown Victoria police package vehicles to help with the added workload of providing police services to the Town of Star Valley for the next two years.

The two vehicles, complete with specialty police equipment, cost about $54,000.

The council also heard an update from fire officials about the Promontory Fire.

Tony Sciacca, incident task force commander and Rick Hartigan, fire information officer, presented the council with a map of the fire and surrounding area and gave brief synopses of progress made.

Sciacca said the fire was likely caused by a campfire.

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