Photo Radar Coming To The Rim, Ready Or Not

System will help slow down traffic on Highway 260

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Mayor Chuck Heron's signature last week made it official--Star Valley will have a photo radar enforcement system in operation within the next two months.

Heron signed a five-year contract last Thursday with the Scottsdale-based Redflex Traffic Systems, the company also responsible for similar speed enforcement systems Paradise Valley and the Loop 101 in Scottsdale.

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The sight of speeding motorists and their blurry vehicles will soon taper off in Star Valley. The town will likely have a photo radar enforcement system in operation within the next two months.

While Star Valley is still working out details of the new system with the Payson Police Department and the court system, Heron said that it is definitely a reality.

"It's going to gradually slow things down a bit," he said.

Town Manager Vito Tedeschi met with Payson Police Chief Don Engler and a representative from Redflex on Wednesday to discuss Payson PD's role in the system.

The citations do not have to be reviewed by a police department in order to be issued. A certified officer, who can include a retired law enforcement officer or court official, can also issue citations.

Tedeschi said that the entities were working on whether the police department would participate in the process.

Judge Dorothy Little, Engler and Tedeschi will travel in the upcoming weeks to view a Redflex system in operation, possibly in Paradise Valley or Prescott Valley, Tedeschi said.

"It depends on what the Payson Police Department and the judge have with staffing needs," Tedeschi said.

"We want to work with a local agency first."

The photo radar cameras will be set up after the 45-mph signs at the east and west ends of town.

The system will automatically ticket motorists traveling 11 miles an hour above the posted limit.

Tedeschi said that the system would likely be in place by the end of November.

New town employee

The Town of Star Valley has a new Building Official. Joseph Janusz, most recently an employee with the city of Chandler, began work on Monday.

Janusz was hired after the termination of former building official Karl Reed in the beginning of August.

Tedeschi said that Janusz has all the certifications required of a building inspector, including both residential and commercial certifications.

"He's exactly what we needed," he said.

Regional water committee in works for Northern Gila County

Star Valley is looking to work on the regional water issue plaguing much of the state, as well as Northern Gila County.

An item on the upcoming council agenda would establish a 12-member water coalition, likely called the Town of Star Valley Water Task Force Committee, Heron said.

The council will decide whether to approve the formation of the committee, which would have a representative from all prevalent parties in the water issue.

Tedeschi said that Star Valley would have several members on the committee, including councilors, private well owners and business members. Also included would be representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Town of Payson, Tonto Apache Tribe, Gila County, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Brooke Utilities and Central Arizona Project.

"We'll try to get a good mix of all water users in the area," Tedeschi said. "It would allow us to talk about water resource management and get the best management for the area."

Heron echoed the need for the committee.

"We're looking to move from safe yield to sustainable safe yield. It's quite different."

Heron said Star Valley would likely facilitate the meetings.

"It's a step in the right direction," he said.

Police department to offer volunteer training in September

The Payson Police Department will be starting volunteer training in September.

Training is provided free to all volunteers.

The PPD is in need of Reception/Clerical volunteers, as well as Patrol I and II volunteers.

If you have an interest in a rewarding volunteer program, please stop by the Payson Police Department at 303 N. Beeline Highway and pick up your application.

Any questions please call 474-5242, extension 209 or stop by the Payson Police Department at 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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