Payson Updating Code


The Payson Town Council continued the systematic and time-consuming process of overhauling the town code Thursday, approving part three and four of the review.

A team of town staff has been working its way through the code since June, taking out dated language and procedures and generally making it more clear and up-to-date with current state law.

Town Attorney Tim Wright said before that, some parts of the code had not been looked at in more than 25 years and did not conform with what state laws currently allow, including part of the tree code.

Other parts of the code were confusing and disjointed and new wording clarifies the council and town’s intentions.

The latest sections approved by council include those addressing when council meetings are held, agendas posted, the order of business at meetings and the town attorney’s and town manager’s role in reviewing council decisions and agenda items.

In addition, town staff amended part four to reflect current hiring, discipline and termination requirements in the personnel manual.

They also eliminated a passage about a town treasurer, since the town no longer has such a position and added a passage stating the town magistrate is appointed for no less than two years. A section on a chief fiscal officer and coordinator of emergency services was also taken out since no one currently holds these positions and all of the responsibilities listed for these positions are now done by various personnel in the finance, police and fire departments.

The entire review project could take years to finish, Wright said.


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