Payson Town Hall


New ‘milestones’ in land purchase

But costs, delays spur talk of alternatives to FS site

They want to sell us the land. Really. Badly — just not quickly. That’s the mixed message that emerged about the Rim Country Educational Alliance’s struggle to buy 260 acres of land from the U.S. Forest Service for a 6,000-student university campus and various spinoff facilities.

Public pays dearly for copies of public records

Officials charge $8 for report, citing law requiring ‘reasonable’ charges for copies of public documents

Should a citizen have pay $8 to make a copy of a two-page police report? Sounds outrageous, but agencies across the county and the state are charging more and more for copies of public records.

Storage rules cause dust-up between town, business

Police department is in violation of proposed ordinance

Payson’s effort to loosen limits on big storage containers instead triggered contradictions and complaints — and the discovery that the police department is among the leading violators.

Metal storage unit rules loosened

Residents could soon lawfully keep metal storage containers in their yards after the Payson Town Council took the first step to loosen regulations at a recent meeting.

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Payson economy stuck in first gear

Payson’s economy remains stubbornly stuck in first gear, lagging behind the economic recovery that has seemingly set in elsewhere in the sta

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Gila County hit hardest by ADOT’s cuts to five-year plan

he Payson Town Council has objected vehemently to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s plan to drop plans to widen Highway 260 on the way up to the Rim.

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Some question value of general plan process

Payson hires a $200,000 consultant to help develop another plan for the future

With existing plans gathering dust and years of meetings without progress on projects like revitalizing Main Street, some Payson residents have started to question the value of the expensive and time-consuming overhaul of the town’s general pla

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Signs of the times

Business owners gripe about limits

Historians say revolutions take place when an oppressive regime tries to liberalize.

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Payson council hopes to attract pilotless drones

Payson plans to overhaul airport rules to get on ‘cutting edge’ of research, technology

If the Payson Town Council has its way, Rim Country could wind up on the cutting edge of the explosive expansion in the use of pilotless drone aircraft.

Town will buy compressor for fire crews

The bills keep trickling in on Payson’s third fire station.

Payson approves another stop sign on Easy Street

The Payson Town Council last week voted a rare approval for a new, all-direction stop sign — this one at the T-intersection where Bradley Drive meets Easy Street.

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Contract approved to design new water line

Line would bypass Blue Ridge pipeline treatment plant so town can sell irrigation water to golf courses, university

The Payson Town Council last week approved a $31,000 engineering contract with Tetra Tech to complete the design of a water line that will allow the town to sell water from the Blue Ridge pipeline to golf courses and other customers.

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State tax plan could cost town

Mayor Evans says proposed shift could cost town at least $320,000 annually

Cities and towns across Arizona have rallied to try to block the overhaul of how the state collects and distributes sales taxes, fearing the shift will cost hard-pressed local governments millions of dollars.

Payson approves pipeline purchase

The Payson Town Council last week passed one more resolution to bring C.C. Cragin water to Payson, adding to a lengthy history of council resolutions nearly as long as the pipeline that will deliver the water.

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Payson groove a good fit

Town’s new events planner escapes the bustle of the Valley to plot recreation and tourism comeback for Rim Country

David Roehrig first experienced Payson from the cockpit of a Chaparral Pines golf cart — now he works in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department as the new event planner.