Council To Decide Fate Of Ymca; Temporary Sign Code


Thursday's Payson Town Council meeting will discuss topics at the very heart of the small-town community.

The need for a community center in Payson could potentially be met if the council decides to allow the lease of five acres of land at Rumsey Park for the construction of a YMCA.

Interim Town Manager Debra Galbraith said a study conducted by the Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation in 2003 determined that there was a need for a community center.

That group, along with representatives from the YMCA, presented ideas to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Sept. 12.

At that time, the board approved a motion to recommend to the council that five acres of land be leased to the YMCA.

The Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation and representatives from the YMCA will make a presentation to the council Thursday.

"The Y has come forward, they have some money together to present the idea and ask if they can lease five acres of Rumsey," Galbraith said.

Galbraith said it is feasible that a YMCA could be constructed on five acres near the ballfields at Rumsey Park.

The council will also hold a first reading and public hearing to discuss the town sign code, as it relates to temporary signs.

The council first discussed amendments to the sign code in July, but any decisions on the issue were postponed to allow time for review.

At a council meeting July 5, the council held a first reading and public hearing about the issue.

After small business owners stressed the need for temporary signs to attract customers at that meeting, the council asked that a committee be formed to work with small business owners to come up with a viable solution.

At the next council meeting July 18, the council voted 6-0, with councilor Andy Romance absent, to postpone any decision on the issue.

According to the council agenda item, in part, temporary portable signs will be allowed:

  • only in commercially zoned areas;
  • only one per establishment or person;
  • only Wednesday through Monday;
  • only if they do not exceed 6 square feet;
  • and only if the sign has a permit and complies with town design review requirements.
  • Directional signs may be permitted with restrictions, provided they receive design review approval.
  • The Design Review Board, in coordination with the Community Development Department, is to establish standards for temporary signs by Jan. 1, 2008.
  • Home-based business signs not exceeding two square feet may be permitted, contingent upon review that the sign does not detract from the neighborhood.

The Payson Town Council will meet Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers.

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