Payson To Go Behind Closed Doors To Discuss Lawsuits, Asu Campus

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Most of the juicy discussion at Thursday’s Payson Town Council meeting will take place behind closed doors.

Tough luck for council watchers: After two months of boring meetings, the big topics on Thursday are all listed on the agenda for the executive session.

Chief on the subject list for the executive session is Payson’s ongoing negotiations with Arizona State University to build a four-year college campus here.

ASU and Payson Mayor Kenny Evans last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining the key tasks on each side to prepare Intergovernmental Agreements to build the proposed campus.

The executive session will allow the council to get legal advice behind closed doors considering the town’s attempt to buy 300 acres of land from the Forest Service, which would include a town-owned parcel near the airport to which the Tonto National Forest could move key firefighting operations.

The council will also discuss negotiations with ASU, which Payson hopes will operate a four-year college campus the town will build with loans and gifts inside the boundaries of a not-yet-formed Community Facilities District on that Forest Service land.

The agenda also includes discussion with the town’s attorney about a contract with the Payson Regional Airport Authority to run the airport, including the possibility of undisclosed litigation.

By contrast, the public meeting agenda looks uneventful.

Topics include some additional questions about a proposed new noise ordinance, a slurry seal contract and minor changes in the town’s sign ordinance

The council meeting starts at 5:30 on Thursday in the council chambers.

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