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Swartwood promises lots of changes

Mayor-elect Craig Swartwood said there are going to be a lot of changes when he takes office Dec. 15, from shaking up the police department to re-working fire codes and a new marketing campaign, Swartwood said he has a lot he wants to accomplish in the next two years.

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An iris by any other name – is Payson

Sallie Lowman and other gardeners from the High Country Garden Club got dirty for a good cause — planting irises at the base of the trees lining the Town of Payson path near Main Street.

Alliance director; streets on town council agenda

The Payson Town Council will seat a new director for the university project and purchase some of the rights of way needed to repair Bonita Street at the next council meeting Thursday.

Payson won't waive fees for Expedition Church

Worried it would set an unfair precedent, the Payson Town Council recently elected not to waive fees for a church to set up a coffee shop.

Payson needs volunteer help

Volunteers are needed to serve the Payson community as a board, commission or committee member. The Town of Payson wants volunteers interested in serving on a council-appointed board, commission or committee.

Rumsey thinning will slash fire risk

Payson Town Council approves $19,000 project

Rumsey Park is due for a haircut. Maybe a buzz cut. The Payson Town Council this week approved a proposed $19,000 project to thin the trees and brush in Rumsey Park to reduce fire danger.

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Future small projects may bypass Payson Planning & Zoning

The Town of Payson is making the abandonment process a little easier.

You can fight city hall: Payson council changes traffic plan for development

Homeowner protests convince town council to not complete through street

After hearing from nearly every resident of Forest Park Drive last week, the Payson Town Council agreed not to connect it to a proposed new subdivision. True Life Companies is developing a woodsy community north of Forest Park Drive that includes 150 homes, some single-family and others attached. Plans call for keeping most of the ponderosa pines on the 27 acres, adding a community park, walking paths, sidewalks, streetlights and even a roundabout at Rumsey Drive and McLane, near the library.

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Report shows slight uptick in building permits

We wish we could say it got better, but the number of building permits issued in 2013 indicates things in construction haven’t turned around yet. Not even close.

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Solar panels coming to town hall

The Payson Town Council has approved a new ceiling, not of the debt variety, but solar panels over town hall’s parking lot.

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Highways dominate Payson’s future

General Plan update ponders impact of frontage on growth

Payson remains a prisoner of the state highway, which generates most of the traffic accidents, congestion and sales tax revenue that pays for police, fire and other town services.

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Payson homeowners - small property tax increase

The Payson Town Council says residents should expect to see only a minor increase in their property tax bill this year, at least on payments owed to the town.

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Payson: More cops, no fire marshal

Payson employees in July will get their first raise in four years and the number of police officers in town will increase by five, but the just-adopted town budget otherwise looks pretty tight — including the elimination of the fire marshal’s position.

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Payson to raise property tax

As local districts ponder raising their property tax rates to bolster sagging budgets, Payson will discuss raising its rate Thursday.

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Payson codes contradictory, outdated

When a citizen asked the Payson Town Council why it wasn’t enforcing part of its tree code in April, Town Attorney Tim Wright realized the elderly ordinance was virtually unenforceable — and so were a host of other sections in the town code

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