Residents discuss Payson water issues at town hall meeting
The Payson Town Hall Meeting on the evening of Friday, May 15, sponsored by the Payson Lions Club, was surprisingly well attended, with over 50 people there to hear from water experts and city officials. Even with the rain and cool weather lately, citizens are concerned with the water situation and what needs to happen in the future. Water has been an issue for years and will be an ever-increasing issue with future growth.
Speakers for the event were City Engineer Travis Jockumsen, City Councilman Larry Skinner, Strawberry Highline Canal Representative Dan Ellsworth, and City Greens Keeper and Parks Superintendent Mark Hyland. They discussed and answered questions ranging from water levels at the reservoirs up the canyon and the possibility of a new reservoir being built to water meters, watering strategies and enclosing the Highline Canal.
Payson Lions Club President Rhett Huff reports that the Lions Club is working on putting together another event in June that would include booths and educational presentations on water issues and conservation. “We feel like we’ve got the ball rolling and have a lot of support from the public on a very important issue,” he said.