John Naughton

John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

If the Forest Service traded the land to someone to subdivide for houses it would be a part of Payson. This is not a part of Payson, it is its own "Town" when Star Valley and Payson agreed to form a Separate Liability Entity allowing in essence a new "Town." Key word here SEPARATE. Some entity will inspect the buildings, probably the county. Who inspects new buildings in Pine, Strawberry, Mesa del, etc.? How about you perform your magic and research the issue. Perhaps, a call to the county or the town would be in order then we'd know for certain.

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John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Mrs. Randall: 1. Because I know them all. 2. It was not town property before, it will not be town property when sold. It is it's own "town."

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John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Barbara Su Connell is a volunteer as a citizen, not as a town counsel member. There are dozens of volunteers helping wherever needed in this effort. Mayor Evans is not on the RCEA board. He is certainly involved and is a spokesperson as he started the whole thing. Once the board SLE was formed, ultimate decisions are made by the board. Do they have assistance or input? Of course, but final decisions and contract negotiations are that of the board. I have no idea who will be responsible for inspections. I would assume the county as the SLE is in the county. Will the buildings be inspected? Well of course. There can be no election because no one lives there. I've tried to explain that the property owners, citizens, taxpayers, etc. will not be affected in any way shape or form. The SLE can only tax what is on that specific acreage. The taxes collected on that site will benefit and be used for that site only.

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John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Mrs. Randall, I will answer as I'm sure Tom doesn't know: We have covered most of the information here in the Roundup, including who was on the board of the SLE. Actually an impressive group of volunteers, none have children who will benefit or a dog in the fight except to better our community. They are not paid except with headaches of dealing with the bureaucracy. The only non-resident is former State Treasurer, Dean Martin. None have a financial interest in the project.

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John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Here's the link: http://www.universityinpayson.com/rim-country-educational-alliance/rcea-board-of-directors/ When you get there click on the name and it will give you a short bio.

Steve Drury, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mary Kastner, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jim Lyon, Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Honorable Dean Martin, Member of the Board of Directors

Judge Ronnie McDaniel, Member of the Board of Directors

James Scott Scheidt, Member of the Board of Directors

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John Naughton 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 367 About the "Alliance."

Don, good questions. Let me try and answer some. While you have just about everything concerning an SLE, we must remember the foundation of this plan. The official name of this SLE is Rim Country Education Alliance. It was formed for one major reason, to protect the towns involved and their taxpayers from any liability.

Paragraph 1: “(So has the Town ceded it's authority to the SLE for all plan decisions?)” Yes. The towns don’t have authority over the SLE. No authority, no liability.

Paragraph 2: “(A Big Red Flag for me, what powers are shared in common?)” The SLE can set it’s own tax base for the specific piece of ground or, if they desired, start their own police or fire department.

Paragraph 3: “(What power does the Town (s) have over the footprint land and it's development decisions?)” The towns will not have any power over the footprint. Certainly, they will have input.

Paragraph 4: “(potential for huge conflict of interests and nepotisim)” I believe you are confusing the word “members” with the board members versus the towns who formed the SLE. It allows the SLE to contract with the towns for fire, police, sewer, etc. “(Any Town approval?) No, it is not the towns property. “(Red Flag> Are the Town and it's taxpayers exempt from liability of decisions by RCEA)” Yes, that is exactly why the SLE was formed.

Paragraph 5: (Red Flag>Is there any Town/Taxpayer obligation protection?)” No obligation. Just think of the SLE as it’s own town. “(Does the town have any authority/input as to where the Public College funds are invested?)” No, the town does not have authority over the SLE.

Paragraph 6: “(Red Flag>sounds like they exempt themselves from any bad financial decisions they make, who pays for the debt obligation?)” Again, you are confusing members of the board and the towns who formed the SLE.

Paragraph 8: “(Red Flag>No clear public statement as to the obligations/responsibility/authority for the Town as a legal binding partner? Scary!)” The towns are not legal binding partners thus, they have no obligation. The one of the primary reasons they formed an SLE was to protect the citizens/taxpayers of the towns.

Paragraph 9: “(No specific examples or projections?)” Over the years, we have been swamped by projections on this topic however, they are projections. Personally, I believe your final paragraph is a given. The region as a whole will prosper.

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John Naughton 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Campus plans pick up speed

Yup and I will buy a case of Brasso to keep the plaques shined.

Yup, and I hope there are a number of legacy buildings.

Yup, I really do believe it.

Nope, you just don't get it and probably never will. And you know, that's ok.

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John Naughton 8 months, 3 weeks ago on Campus plans pick up speed

Golly, I thought we'd gone through this before. Rim Country Educational Alliance is the official name of the Separate Legal Entity (SLE) formed by the Town of Payson and the Town of Star Valley for the purpose of purchasing the land and entering into contracts to build the university. The SLE is not part of either town they are their own entity. They have every power and legal right to sign contracts and legal papers. No, there is no personal liability, just as there is no personal liability with Payson or Star Valley town council members in doing work for their towns. They are responsible for building and developing the university. Monies will be generated by leasing the facilities and taxes that are generated on that 300 acres. If any member leaves Payson or dies, another person will be appointed to the governing board. No, you can't vote for them because no one "lives" on the 300 acres. In effect, the SLE is its own town with its own council. Payson and Star Valley have no say in what they do and, in turn, no liability. After all, that's why the SLE was formed. This probably won't suffice but it was worth the try. See ya around campus!

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