Mayor And Council Incumbents Deserve Re-Election

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Editor:

I am amazed about how well our town has been managed through the “Great Recession.”

The mayor and council worked tirelessly in a non-partisan way under very restrictive budgets to provide needed services to the community.

At the same time they held fast to a vision of a more prosperous future. They vigorously pursued water security by obtaining rights and access to water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir. This is a major accomplishment!

The mayor and council have also doggedly pursued the development of a branch campus of ASU. It now appears that this will happen in the near future.

These two initiatives will make it possible for our children to stay in town to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain high paying jobs that will be attracted to the community.

I encourage every Payson resident to vote in the primary election for the incumbents: Mayor Kenny Evans and council persons Ed Blair, Fred Carpenter and Su Connell. They have done an exceptional job under extremely difficult budgetary constraints and deserve to be re-elected.

Robert Hershberger

Comments

don evans 4 months, 4 weeks ago

1."At the same time they held fast to a vision of a more prosperous future'. Really? I don't recall ever hearing or reading the specifics on such a vision or what it will cost. 2. "They vigorously pursued water security by obtaining rights and access to water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir." Oh, you mean the Cragin pipeline deal that's been in play for the last 20 years. I suggest you look at the current water levels of this panacea for Payson's future. 3. "The mayor and council have also doggedly pursued the development of a branch campus of ASU. It now appears that this will happen in the near future." Wow, you must really have the inside scoop cause the rest of us haven't heard or seen squat about ASU coming to Payson. 4. "These two initiatives will make it possible for our children to stay in town to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain high paying jobs that will be attracted to the community." You mean like the new Carl's Jr.? 5. " I encourage every Payson resident to vote in the primary election for the incumbents: Mayor Kenny Evans and council persons Ed Blair, Fred Carpenter and Su Connell." I have heard some say don't vote for Larry, Moe, Curly Joe, and Aunty Em.

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Pat Randall 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Don, Once again I agree with you. The town and Buzz Walker has been working on the Blue Ridge water for 20 yrs. Maybe that is why Buzz was paid to retire then works for the town under contract and evans can take credit for the water if it gets here. If he is so great he should have had the water here in his one term only. He knew he was not telling the truth when he made his speeches about running for one term. In my opinion he fired the fire marshal because he wouldn't play games with the good old boys and friends of evans. Kids don't want to live at home and go to college. ASU is supposed to bring in students and hundreds of people. What is there here to draw students? I read the ASU newspaper and any thing about the university always says according to the Payson Roundup. Lake Havasu has a lot of things for young adults. Didn't take long to get ASU there.

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Pat Randall 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Mr. Hershberger, Being an architect and planner I understand your concern with keeping the same people in office. However they didn't get the water from Blue Ridge. Buzz Walker and other councils have been working on that for 20 years. Working with SRP, Phelps Dodge and the FS takes time and patience.

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Barbara Rasmussen 4 months, 4 weeks ago

This town is not flourishing under the current leadership. Town employees forced to take a day without pay at one point while higher ups got raises. Businesses closing and no new ones coming into town. Sure we got another fast food restaurant which is decent and another restaurant opening soon but no major shopping here in Payson has come to fruition. Fire Codes changed to attract the businesses which promised multiple high paying jobs, but where are those jobs at? And how about the tax revenue from these businesses that was supposed to bring Payson up out of the depths of a downward spiraling budget? Where are those? I can take a guess and say the manufactured goods are sent else where to be sold. One development that codes were changed for is still sitting vacant behind a chain link fence over grown with weeds. I say it is a time for a change and we need new leadership here in Payson.

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