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Gila County Eyes $6M In Projects

By Teresa McQuerrey for Payson Roundup

There might be a light at the end of the tunnel for the crowded county facilities in Payson.

Granted, it was just a work session, but Mike Pastor, chairman of the Gila County Board of Supervisors, said remodeling the NAPA building in Payson should be a priority for capital improvement money.

The supervisors met June 30 to review more than $6M in capital improvements and capital outlay proposed for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The biggest CIP proposal is the Copper Administration Building remodel, which is estimated to cost $1.5M. The used, modular building will provide office space in Globe.

The remodel of the NAPA building in Payson is estimated to cost $500,000 in the most recent document from public works provided to the supervisors Tuesday. Previous documents put the cost at $600,000.

No decision has been made on how the NAPA building will be remodeled and used. Most of the discussions have proposed moving both the Superior and Justice Courts into the building and creating a secure passage from the jail to the courts for prisoners.

With the courts out of the main building of the county complex in Payson, other staff/departments could move and gain space.

Pastor said he also wanted to see a more secure area to move prisoners into the Payson jail from law enforcement vehicles. Currently, officers must sometimes wait in the parking lot with their prisoners waiting for space to open up in the room where they process prisoners.

Two public meetings on the budget are planned from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 15 in Globe and Thursday, July 16 in Payson at Martin’s office at 610 E. Hwy. 260.

Read more at Payson Roundup

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