I have followed the struggles of the valiant group who have invested so much time and money trying to bring a university campus to Payson over the years. I applaud their tenacity and patience as they seem to be close to having the 200 acres of bare ground appraised.
But I am now concerned about our dear civil servants at the Forest Service here in the town of Payson. I trust that these honorable government employees will not skimp or take any shortcuts while building their new facility off of Granite Dells Road, inside the town limits. There is no doubt that the same rules and regulations imposed on the university investors will be in place for the Forest Service land use; which means complying with their own stringent requirements of looking for archaeological sites (and notifying the same Native American tribes, White Mountain and San Carlos Apache, should any pot shards or broken arrow heads be uncovered. Who will conduct the environmental impact study checking for endangered species, flora and fauna and reptilian? Will this be done by the same folks who did the study on the new campus site?
Does the current Forest Service building slated for demolition fall under any historical landmark rules? It has been there a long time you know.
How about Planning and Zoning for the town? Will the new office building be erected in a residential area, has it been re-zoned commercial? Has proper paperwork been filed with the town? Along that line, has the Town of Payson Engineering Department approved the construction plans for allowing extra traffic entering and leaving the site on an existing street? Have the plans for the new building been approved by the town? Have the impact fees been paid by the Forest Service? Have the sewer hook up and sanitation fees must also be paid up front, just like the rest of Payson residents who build a home must do?
Just a few questions that I hope have already been addressed. I have not read about any of these items in the paper; unlike every bit of minutia concerning the university project, but I’m sure the Forest Service leader here in the Payson district will keep us all informed and meet every rule and regulation that they have so tediously enacted on the university investors.