Payson Town Council

The Payson Town Council will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on June 27. The public may make comments on any item of the budget.

The council will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on the same day.

The Payson Town Council will hold a public hearing on the budget at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in the council chambers.

The public has a chance to weigh in on the splash pad; a road to connect Green Valley Parkway to the event center; raises for staff and moving millions into the reserve fund for a rainy day.

The council must have a budget in place before the fiscal year starts July 1.

Immediately after the budget hearing, the council will hold its regular meeting.

Items on the agenda include discussion regarding mobile food vendors; the development of a fire restriction ordinance with enforcement protocols and new policies for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System pension funding (PSPRS).

But it’s the consent agenda that has a former council candidate up in arms.

“In reviewing the agenda for the upcoming council meeting on June 27 I noticed something very troubling: Mayor Morrissey has some appointments itemized under the miscellaneous listing, item ‘L’,” said Kim Chittick in an email.

Listed for appointment are:

• Dean Younker and Sharon King to the Airport Commission;

• Jeffrey Aal to the Board of Adjustment;

• Gary deSzendeffy, Darlene Younker and Kimberly Nichols to the Building Advisory Board;

• Shannon Noe and Jim Muhr to the Industrial Development Authority;

• Steven Otto and Dave Golembewski to the Parks and Recreation Committee;

• Kara Percell to the Payson Area Youth Advisory Committee;

• Kenneth Woolcock, Barbara Buntin and Scott Helmer to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“What is troubling is that it appears as though the mayor, who so strongly touts ‘transparency,’ is surrounding himself with Payson Tea Party sycophants who will protect him, while eliminating anybody who was in place prior to his taking office,” Chittick said.

She noted many of the appointees supported Morrissey’s campaign.

“All of these people were strong supporters, financial or otherwise, of Tom Morrissey’s campaign, as well as of the Payson Tea Party agenda,” she said.

When contacted for comment Morrissey responded in an email, “It is the responsibility of the mayor to choose appropriate members to fill all available positions. A majority of council members is necessary to solidify the appointments. Each person was vetted in terms of the required necessary qualifications which includes residency. I am pleased with the quality and enthusiasm of each person selected and look forward to working with them.”

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