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CANDIDATES IN PAYSON OFFER VIEWS ON ISSUES

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Residents must consider questions of funding for future water and possible beautification projects when they choose among mayoral and City Council candidates on Nov. 7.

After a recent city-sponsored water survey brought the city's water woes to the campaign forefront, each candidate has staked out his or her position. Additionally, Spanish Fork's Main Street beautification project has residents and candidates considering similar projects.Mayoral candidates are Don M. Christiansen, Clinton Dansie and Richard Harmer. Running for two City Council seats are Gary W. Adams, Don C. Dixon, M. Ray Hiatt, Willis C. Pulver, Jill Sullivan and Brent E. York.

Mayor

Don M. Christiansen, 43, is a partner in a general contracting firm. He served for six years on the City Council, and has been involved in the Southern Utah Valley Power Project and Utah Municipal Power Agency.

Christiansen said the city must implement one of the options given in the recent water survey, set up a written master plan for the city's economic development in the next decade and beautify areas to attract new businesses.

Clinton Dansie, 55, is a teacher at Payson Junior High School and a building contractor. Dansie has served as president of the Nebo School District Teachers Association. He said the city must consider installing a pressurized irrigation system and develop all water sources.

Dansie is running on a campaign of "curb and walk around every block," which he said also applies to city beautification, street maintenance and conservation. He said the city must consider low-interest bonds and small improvement taxes to start these new projects.

Richard Harmer is a retired school teacher. He served for two years as a city councilman and as mayor for four years. In addition, he has been a member of Payson's volunteer fire department for 34 years.

Harmer said the city must set its priorities as far as services are concerned. Water is the city's main concern, he said, and so Payson must consider drilling new wells and installing a pressurized irrigation system. He said he favors city beautification, including improving Constitution Park.

City Council

The council race got much closer when incumbents N. Kent Fuellenbach and Merlin "Mez" Stewart, who had filed for re-election, dropped out two weeks ago.

Gary W. Adams, 36, is a deputy in the Utah County Sheriff's Department. Adams, who has no previous governmental experience, said he favors implementing water improvements now and would like to see the city beautify areas outside the downtown area.

Don C. Dixon, 45, is one of the owner/operators of Payson Cold Storage. Dixon has served on the City Council before. He said he favors beautification and water projects, like the other candidates, but has also set three other policy areas: preserving the city's heritage, improving economic development and continuing youth and adult recreational programs.

Willis C. Pulver, 59, is a retired school teacher and owner/operator of Will-Lo Hobby Shop. He has been involved in Payson Community Theater and several programs for the handicapped. He said he favors pressurized irrigation and making sure the city landfill will be serving citizens for the next 25 years. Continued involvement in the fine arts is another of his priorities.

Jill Sullivan, 38, is a hairdresser. Though she has no prior government experience, she said she has kept informed on city issues by attending council meetings. She said her goal is to see the city reach its potential in beautification and growth. Improving water availability is only one of her steps to reaching that, she said.

Brent E. York, 29, is the general manager of Budget Fuel Stop. York said it is time the city solved its water problems once and for all. He said the city also needs to look at changing its utility cost structure, carefully monitor city debt, continue improving its roads and continue its involvement in the fine arts.

The Deseret News has been unable to contact M. Ray Hiatt for comment.