The Payson Town Council on Thursday should finalize a deal to connect the water-starved community of Mesa del Caballo to the C.C. Cragin Pipeline, slated to reach the unincorporated neighborhood sometime in 2014.
Payson no longer needs a hydrogeologist to search for more water.
Firm’s winning bid stressed intimate knowledge of complex system
First the backhoes start tearing up the street.
Payson wants to get in on the big boom in outfitting public buildings with solar cells.
Automated weather system, runway upgrades slated
The Payson Town Council last week approved a series of contracts to make improvements in the operations of the Payson Airport, the first major investments since the town regained control of the airport from a group of airport users.
Ah, the good old days.
Building permits showing signs of life in an otherwise static landscape
Payson straggled through another year of flat sales and flat revenues, but can take comfort from signs of life in the once vital, long moribund construction industry, according to a quarterly financial report presented to the council on Thursday.
Council approves $243,000 contract to make sure someone oversees $1.1 million contracts already awarded
Faced with the demands of a major engineering project, the Payson council awarded the local engineering firm Tetra Tech a $10,000-a-week contract to keep tabs on the contractors building the Blue Ridge pipeline.
Three seats on the board of directors for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District are up for election in November. LaRon Garrett, Guy Pfister and Patrick Underwood currently hold the seats.
The Payson Town Council recently approved spending $41,000 to get a nice, new, $250,000 all-weather guidance system at the Payson Regional Airport.
What’s well trained, under-utilized and can save Payson and Star Valley money at the same time? Sounds like a trick question — but there’s a simple answer: A building inspector.
Federal money will restore three-man crews on fire trucks
The third time was the charm for the Payson Fire Department. After several unsuccessful bids, the fire department received word Monday it will get a $784,600 federal grant to hire six new firefighters. Payson is the second Arizona fire department to receive a Staffing For Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. In May, Hellsgate Fire in Star Valley got $607,000 through the federal grant. Both departments plan to use the money to retain or hire more firefighters.
Property values down. Property taxes up. Once again, beleaguered homeowners are caught in a disorienting trap, as local government agencies ramp up the property tax rate to compensate for a sag in property values and a loss of state support. The Payson Town Council Thursday night became the latest governing board to raise the property tax rate — although the town’s cut of the property tax bill is so small that most homeowners won’t notice the increase.
An initiative to extend the one-cent sales tax for education has gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for November’s ballot, say backers. In response, the president of the Arizona State Senate released a statement opposing the Quality Education and Jobs initiative, “... I am confident that as the facts become more known about the shortcomings of this initiative and risks of raising taxes ... Arizonans will vote this down and work for real reforms and accountability that our students and parents deserve,” wrote Senate President Steve Pierce.
Backers of the plan to build a university in campus in Payson held a town hall meeting Wednesday, hoping to shore up public support and raise money needed to pay the steep costs of getting the Forest Service to agree to sell a 300-acre chunk of land. Payson Mayor Kenny Evans said campus advocates would meet in Payson with representatives for Arizona State University next week in hopes of salvaging an agreement to build an ASU campus here. ASU had proposed a deal that the Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) has rejected based on finances.