In response to Mr. Antich’s letter to the Roundup, which appeared in the Friday issue on Aug. 1, I would like to comment that when I heard of your planned expansion and relocation of your small arms munitions plant to the Granite Dells area, I too, became concerned.
My vision for any privately held land in that pristine, uniquely beautiful area was for upscale residential development, not industrial.
As a residential area, the roadway would be modestly improved to accommodate the residents’ vehicles and the hikers, bikers, and explorers of the forest. I, too, thought we had plenty of property available that is currently zoned for industrial use.
The expansion of your business can be of great benefit to our community. Since Payson does not possess the necessary work force you will need for your expansion, it will increase our town’s population, will sell housing and improve the bottom line of every present business in the Rim Country. I think you should express these points to the community.
Perhaps you should have channeled your efforts into selling this idea to the residents of Payson instead of negative political campaign signage in an unscrupulous effort to re-elect the present mayor and council. If you really intend to make this work in Payson, good public relations is basic to success for all concerned and necessary to accomplish this. Texas is still a viable option!
By the way, in response to the comment about Ruger, they never intended to relocate to Payson because Payson lacked the infrastructure and resources, at the time. Prescott was their intended destination. Ruger merely set up a false competition between Prescott and Payson to coerce Prescott into accommodating their demands.