When the results of the 2010 Census were released only one town in Summit County saw a decline in population Coalville. It was a loss of only 20 citizens, but still, it was discouraging, especially after the explosive decade that preceded it.
In 2000, everyone, it seemed, was worried about over-development and rampant growth. Population projections based on the 1980s and 90s indicated the entire county was headed for urbanization. So, admittedly, there was some relief when the rate of growth slowed.
But, in order to thrive -- to offer opportunities for the next generation, maintain infrastructure, ensure quality schools and provide adequate service levels -- there must be some economic development and that in turn requires population growth.
That brings us to Coalville's mayoral primary in which six regular citizens have stepped forward to offer their help in shaping the community's future. For that, they are to be commended.
Who ever wins the primary and then prevails in November will have big shoes to fill. Outgoing mayor Duane Schmidt was a bold visionary who encouraged the little town to think big. He got the ball rolling on a downtown beautification project and championed special events.
We encourage the candidates to embrace similarly bold measures that will position Coalville for a robust future. And we suggest that citizens support the candidate who envisions growth rather than the status quo.
The recession is receding, the housing market is on the uptick and Coalville's beautiful rolling hills, buttes and reservoirs are bound to attract attention. The city needs a mayor, and council members who are ready to welcome new residents and to lay the groundwork for serving them.
Residents may cast their primary election ballots at the Coalville City Hall, 10 N. Main Street, from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 9. Voters will have another chance to vote in the primary on Tuesday, Aug. 13. For voter registration and election information, visit coalvillecity.org.