There has been much press lately about the mayor’s intent to dissolve the Rim Country Educational Alliance. I have a simple question — why? Do the mayor and certain other members of the town council have a better solution or are they just on a personal vendetta to discredit members of previous administrations and other volunteers that have spent countless hours trying to further the cause of improved education and opportunity for Payson residents?
During a recent town council meeting where dissolving RCEA was on the executive session agenda, I asked during the call to the public session what was driving the effort to dissolve RCEA. We have not heard an answer and we deserve one. If the mayor has a better approach, let’s hear it so we can have a public discussion of the merits.
If the mayor is looking for a cause to champion, then fix the internet problem. Get the principal players in a room including Sparklight (Cable One), Suddenlink, APS, and MHA/RCEA and resolve how high-speed, redundant internet will connect to both businesses and consumers in Payson. Currently, the various initiatives are planning to install cable that will come close to Payson but not connect to our internet infrastructure (APS), or only serve businesses within 700 feet of their cable (Sparklight).
Mr. Mayor, fix the internet problem and forget about chasing perceived wrongdoings of the past. Do something that actually advances the interests of your constituents rather than subject the taxpayers to pay lawyers thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal bills that provide absolutely no benefit to the town.
Peter Kennedy, Payson