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College advances: Assessment released, water plan unveiled

Land sale study finds big benefits, few problems

The sale of 256 acres for a university campus in Payson by the U.S. Forest Service took a giant step forward last week with the release of a long-awaited environmental assessment documenting huge financial advantages and minimal environmental impacts.

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Ready to roll: Payson finishes Fiesta Bowl float

Elk-topped float, Longhorn band will bask in spotlight in Dec. 29 parade

The Town of Payson has officially finished the float that will cruise down the streets of Central Phoenix during the 42nd Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade on Saturday, Dec. 29.

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Water agreement to end Mesa del shortages

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.

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Water department shuffles positions

Payson no longer needs a hydrogeologist to search for more water.

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Payson to award key contracts for water treatment plant design

Firm’s winning bid stressed intimate knowledge of complex system

First the backhoes start tearing up the street.

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Payson approves solar power plan

Payson wants to get in on the big boom in outfitting public buildings with solar cells.

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Payson approves contracts for airport improvements

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.

Not much ado about not much to do

Ah, the good old days.

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Town finances still stubbornly stuck

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.

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Payson hires contractor to watch contractors

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.

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Board election for Northern Gila County Sanitary District

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.

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Town to upgrade weather

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.

Payson strikes deal with Star Valley to provide inspections

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.

Payson lands $784,600 grant

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.

Payson’s property tax rate inches upward

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.