Fate Of Main Street Program Still Unclear

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As Carol McCauley leaves her position as manager of the Payson Main Street Program, the fate of the program itself is unclear.

Mayor Bob Edwards said he is looking to broaden the position and change its focus to a more tourism-oriented outlook.

"Right now, the position is monitoring and helping Main Street," Edwards said. "We're going to expand it to focus on the entire town, not just Main Street."

McCauley is in the process of developing a job description for the position, Edwards said.

"We need to do some deciding on what we're replacing first," Edwards said. "But we're not going to let a lot of grass grow. We'll decide fairly quickly."

Community Development Director Jerry Owen said he is fighting to keep the Main Street Program operational and hopes to find someone to take over McCauley's position within the next two weeks.

"We're hoping the council will keep that position and keep that division funded," Owen said.

Edwards said it is his intention to keep the position funded. However, the Payson Town Council has the final say.

McCauley did a great job heightening interest in Main Street, Owen said.

"She was very much a promoter of Main Street and through her work and contacts, she was the face of Main Street," Owen said.

"The town appreciates her enthusiasm."

McCauley's positive impacts include helping to organize a Main Street Merchants Association and bringing the 24-hour mountain bike race to town last month, said Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter.

"She's been with us for a number of years and apparently she's got a better opportunity, so we wish her well," Carpenter said.

At a recent Payson's 125th Anniversary Steering Committee meeting, McCauley said she plans to continue to be active in organizing the anniversary celebration.

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