Barbara Rasmussen

Barbara Rasmussen 1 week, 6 days ago on Payson Town Council Meeting 8/14/2014

Just wondering how many people either went to the Town Council Meeting tonight or watched it either on television or on their computer? And also any feedback on the comments by the one man about people in Payson being ignorant and choice of words bordering on profanity? And having to be asked to address the members of the Town Council and not the public and the clincher was the conversation n between the two council members about the vote. Their microphones were not turned off and it was easily heard and understood. WOW!!!!

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Barbara Rasmussen 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Editor's note

Mr. Rhea: I know for a fact that Robert 9Bob) Lockhart did not quit nor was he fired! His position was done away with. I have known Mr. Lockhart for many years and he is reputable, knowledgeable and a very caring person. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to building and fire codes. Did you know that the State Fire Marshal used to consult with him? Many circumstances led up to his position being eliminated and because people in the Town Government did not want to have to deal with codes being enforced and decided it would be easier to just do away with the position. Yes there is a wealth of information available without any or very little digging. Perhaps you might like to try and do the digging and investigation!

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Barbara Rasmussen 2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Annexation players in the Fox Farm Industrial Park

Town of Payson Administrative Policy "Smokeless Propellants", "Public Safety-A701", Council approved November 12, 2009 and revised Dec 22, 2009. A matter of public record and makes for some interesting reading especially when you do further research on Smokeless Propellants used in ammunition factories

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Barbara Rasmussen 2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Annexation players in the Fox Farm Industrial Park

I wonder why land around Rye was not looked into for the Ammunition Company expansion. It is flat and a major highway is very close by. No semi-trucks driving through family neighborhoods and no prime riparian areas to destroy. I just would like to know why they are searching for land within the Town of Payson and not in the County. Something doesn't quite seem right about this whole deal to take the Fox Farm and turn it into an Industrial Park.

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Barbara Rasmussen 3 weeks, 5 days ago on Improper signs spark charges of negative campaigning

So if campaign laws were broken and the signs are illegal isn't there any type of fine associated with breaking the campaign laws

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Barbara Rasmussen 3 weeks, 5 days ago on Stop the Fox Farm travesty

I listened to the Payson Town Council meting last night. I have to wonder why our Mayor is riding around with anyone looking for property for private developments? Shouldn't that be left up to Real Estate Professionals? Also perhaps the infrastructure will be paid for by the developer but what about the continued upkeep on a road that will see increased heavy traffic, emergency services and water which by the way the town does not have yet. Will the developer continue to pay for the costs of all these increased services for many years to come? And let us not forget about the Industrial Land available by the airport here in Payson. Why is not suitable? Where the ammunition company is located at now there is room for expansion! Many of the buildings are in place and available now since they sit empty. Why ruin a beautiful area like the Fox Farm?

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Barbara Rasmussen 1 month ago on Lead from behind

I believe the current town council has gone above and beyond in NOT making Payson a Fire Wise Community!!! Changing fire codes to suit developers and business owners to entice them and not looking out for the people who live here. They voted to get rid of the Fire Marshall. They refuse to adopt codes because they feel that it gives too much power to the people who fight the fires and know the dynamics involved if we are faced with a wildfire such as the ones that are burning homes in Washington, California and Oregon. If the present council will not come to realization that Payson needs to be a Fire Wise Community it is time to put people in the offices that do!

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Barbara Rasmussen 1 month ago on Mayor and council incumbents deserve re-election

This town is not flourishing under the current leadership. Town employees forced to take a day without pay at one point while higher ups got raises. Businesses closing and no new ones coming into town. Sure we got another fast food restaurant which is decent and another restaurant opening soon but no major shopping here in Payson has come to fruition. Fire Codes changed to attract the businesses which promised multiple high paying jobs, but where are those jobs at? And how about the tax revenue from these businesses that was supposed to bring Payson up out of the depths of a downward spiraling budget? Where are those? I can take a guess and say the manufactured goods are sent else where to be sold. One development that codes were changed for is still sitting vacant behind a chain link fence over grown with weeds. I say it is a time for a change and we need new leadership here in Payson.

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Barbara Rasmussen 1 month ago on Water and politics

How anyone can state that the water problem has been solved is beyond my comprehension!!! There is no pipeline even built yet that will supposedly carry the water from Blue Ridge (CC Cragin Reservoir) into Payson and from what is being reported no money to build that pipeline unless lots of people build swimming pols and the Town collects a lot of $$$ in impact fees. The reservoir is dangerously low now and the Verde River is once more dry because the pumps have been shut off. So how is the problem solved of water supply solved? If anyone doubts how low the reservoir is now drive up and take a look at it or drive out along the Verde River plain and simple the water is just not there!!!

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Barbara Rasmussen 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Gila County AHCCCS rolls up 19 percent

AHCCCS and all other types of welfare really need to be examined. If someone can have a cell phone, have their nails done, pedicures, tattoos, body piercings, smoke and buy alcohol they should not be on taxpayer dollars! Plain and simple. I have stood in line behind them at our local stores and they pay for their food items with their benefit cards, then they buy cigarettes and alcohol with cash money. And then there are the ones on AHCCCS that do not even live in the state of Arizona year round and qualify. If they can go out of state for 5-6 months on an extended vacation they sure do not need tax payers paying for their medical care or giving them food benefit cards when they get back into our State!!!!!! I think this is fraud against our state. Plain and simple truth!!!

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