Barbara Rasmussen

Barbara Rasmussen 4 months, 3 weeks 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 4 months, 3 weeks 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 4 months, 3 weeks 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 5 months, 2 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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Barbara Rasmussen 6 months ago on Payson’s own stream

There are so many things wrong with this whole idea. First off the trout will not be able to survive in the water because it will get too hot. Even in the Green Valley Lakes they stop stocking trout because of the warmer weather. Plus all of the runoff from the parking lots and streets will badly pollute the water also detrimental to the health of the trout and the water quality. There will be no deep pools for the fish to seek refuge in on our warm summer days. This is not the Verde River which is shallow but it also has many deep pools shaded by rocks and trees and natural vegetation. Seriously who would want to stand on a concrete bank behind several restaurants and a busy street, trout fishing when they could drive a few miles up the road and enjoy a natural flowing stream with no traffic and just the peace and quiet of Mother Nature! We are not talking about the Eagle River in Colorado going through towns or the Frying Pan or the Roaring Fork. We are talking about a small stream of warm water that will be maybe 18-24 inches of water! What would ever make this a great idea? Just not do it!!

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Barbara Rasmussen 6 months, 3 weeks ago on Report: Tragic shooting leaves toddler dead

At a time like this no one should be pointing fingers. We should all be keeping this family in our prayers. A child has been lost in a very tragic way and no one should pass judgement on anyone who was involved or affected by this terrible tragedy.

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Barbara Rasmussen 7 months ago on Swimming Pools In Payson

Since our Town Council has voted to allow swimming pools in Payson is anyone else scratching their heads and wondering why? Are we not still in a drought here in Payson and isn't water scarce? Sure we will have water from Blue Ridge someday but seriously all of a sudden to have our Town Council vote to allow swimming pools!!!! I am wondering what the underlying issue with this being passed so quickly and quietly. there has to be an underlying reason this was even brought up for vote by the Town Council. People need to start demanding answers.

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Barbara Rasmussen 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 774 The Question Is... The donkey attack.

Having lived on a ranch and a farm I have been around horses, mules, cows, bulls, pigs and just about every other kind of farm animal you can think of. I have been kicked, thrown, bit, stepped on and yet I would not trade those memories and experience for anything. When around these types of animals you never let your guard down because it only takes one time and they will certainly bring your thoughts back to how big and strong they are. And yet you can not show fear of them or they will sense that. They are not pets like a cat or dog and many people treat them as if they are. Yes it is very possible to be safe around farm animals.

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Barbara Rasmussen 7 months, 2 weeks ago on Payson needs a BMX park

I can truly say that i wish the Skate Park was removed from Rumsey Park. Kids hang out there and smoke and use foul language, use obscenities frequently, play loud music which has obscenities in the lyrics and even worse seem to think they can go into the girls restroom as they wish. Not too long ago there was a drug bust there and on multiple occasions while walking by the skate park there was the strong odor of marijuana. Young girls use Rumsey 1 as their field for softball games and it is just not a very good environment for these girls to be exposed to. I say they should move the whole mess elsewhere or completely do away with it!

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