In Coalville, Trever Johnson and Arlin Judd are vying for former Mayor Duane Schmidt's seat, who stepped down earlier this month from the position. The Park Record spoke with both candidates, asking each a series of four questions. Each candidate's featured responses are abridged.
Why are you running for mayor?
"I see a lot of good things that have been done and accomplished with Mayor Schmidt and I want to keep that momentum going," Johnson said.
Johnson added that Coalville has a lot of needs coming up in the future with its culinary water system which need to be addressed as well. Sidewalks and roads will also need to be maintained, he said.
"I just felt like with my background and experience that it was a good fit for me to be mayor at this time," Judd said.
Judd said that he would have "plenty of time" to devote to the job and said he feels like he can provide Coalville with the service the community needs.
What are you doing now and why do you feel you are qualified?
Judd currently serves on the Coalville City Council and has also had experience with the Coalville City Planning Commission. He said he is very familiar with the codes, rules and procedures that govern the city.
"The mayor's job requires a commitment of quite a bit of time being available to answer questions to administer the functions of the city," Judd said.
Johnson is the manager of operations for a company that does maintenance for commercial buildings. He said he manages around 150 people, including crews and area managers.
"I have a background in managing people and making projects works and hashing out and working through problems to see the goal," Johnson said.
What are some of the issues that are important to you and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?
"It's important that we make Coalville attractive to move-ins," Johnson said. "We need to grow the community we need to have a base, and that all starts with [boosting] the citizenry, which helps to support local businesses and broadens the tax base."
Johnson added that he has served on the city's events committee, which has been putting together various projects. He said he started the barbeque festival, and would like to see that "grow and develop." He also wants to bring in new events and opportunities as well as supporting events such as the Super Cruise car show and the Summit County Fair that are already in the community.
Johnson said the wastewater treatment plant and the Icy Springs bridge are also important, and added he has a background in construction and installing bridges that would help Coalville get "the best bang for their buck" out of those projects.
Judd said the most important item is the construction of the wastewater treatment plant, making sure the project goes smoothly and efficiently. The Icy Springs bridge is also another priority, he said, as well as a study of the culinary water system.
"This summer we've had a number of significant leaks in our water line. It's an old line and we're studying that to see what the future holds there," Judd said.
Judd added the city would need to pursue additional grants and funding sources for future projects, since Coalville doesn't have "the population base to pass on additional taxes or higher costs of services."
What is your approach to growth and development in Coalville, as well as attracting new business and/or tourism?
"We need to promote growth in Coalville as much as we can and we have the structures in place through ordinances to allow growth, but to allow it in a pattern that satisfies members of the community," Judd said.
Judd said when he was on the planning commission, a survey of residents was taken to gauge their thoughts on growth and development. The results, he said, showed that people want to maintain the rural, small town atmosphere while having limited growth and keeping agricultural land that provides open space intact.
"We do need to grow because the existing population continues to have to bear the costs of any increase in providing city services," Judd said. "In order to keep [those costs] down, we need to grow a little bit [without] having to increase taxes to provide basic services."
Johnson said Coalville has an industrial park behind the cemetery, which could provide a good opportunity for development to occur. He said the city could also provide housing in the area for potential move-ins.
"The city's come a long way in the last few years. We've reduced and/or done away with the impact fees to build a house," Johnson said. "I think we've seen an upswing in new buildings, growth and move-ins [because of that]."