Having pride in one’s community is evident by how well owners maintain their property. Regardless of how much money an owner has, the property can be kept clean and free of debris and litter. There is no reason for a place to look trashy.
Some Payson business owners have routinely maintained their properties, businesses like Ace Hardware, Bashas’, Chapman Auto Center, The Home Depot, Safeway and Walgreens, to name a few. Thank you for taking the initiative without being asked.
Owners or managers have a responsibility to the community and to their neighbors. Visitors’ impressions are determined by appearances. Business locations are the most visible and therefore have a greater impact on the opinions of visitors and on new businesses that may be looking for a new location.
Over the past six months, due to the efforts of a number of Town of Payson employees, there has been some success in improving the appearance of commercial property in Payson. Nelson Beck and Rick Manchester from parks and recreation; Michele Maupin, Sean Tanner and Curtis Ward from public works; Robert Lockhart and Monica Savage from the fire department and Sgt. Todd Bramlet and Officer Meredith from the police department, have assisted in contacting owners who needed to be reminded of their responsibilities and for removing graffiti.
The positive response from the following businesses and their employees is appreciated: Best Western, Stephanie Creasy and Wanda Price; BJQ Properties, Bob McQueen; Dollar Store on North Beeline, David Zimmerman and Mike Benoit; Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Joe Vario; Foxworth-Galbraith, John Romanowski and Klay Clawson; Maverik Gas Station, Candy DeCinko; Rim Country Mall (Sears and Stage), Steve Russell; Rim Country Self Storage, Paul Bates; and Walmart, Quinn Creamer.
Thank you for your earnest efforts in improving the appearance of your properties.
Businesses currently being addressed are: Bison Cove, Checker Auto, Giant Gas Station on E. Highway 260, Great China Restaurant, Swiss Village, and several vacant undeveloped properties around Payson.
Community cleanliness is everyone’s responsibility and everyone in the community can become part of the solution. The “Adopt a Street” program recognizes those who provide the community the service of picking up the trash that others so carelessly discard along the streets. A private citizen or an organization can adopt a street and the town will erect a blue sign that lists the name of the person or organization that is taking care of that section of the street.
A big thank you to all of the volunteers who give their time without any recognition, and to those who have already adopted a street, you are showing your community spirit and pride.
For those who are interested in the Adopt a Street program, contact Michele Maupin of the Town of Payson Public Works Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 318.
Carol A. Meyer