Oakley Council members Alton Frazier and Kendall "Tiny" Woolstenhulme will seek re-election this year, with Charles Gillett challenging for one of the other vacant seats. Lorrie Hoggan, who is running unopposed, will take over a two-year Council position left vacant by Les England.
The Park Record reached out to all three candidates to ask them a series of questions, though Frazier was the only candidate to respond. The following includes Frazier's answers to a set of four questions:
Why are you running for Oakley City Council?
"Unfinished business," Frazier said. "I think the city is nearing a very important development time. We have a great Master Plan for our commercial center but we need to seek out and develop some additional businesses."
What are you doing now and why do you feel you are qualified?
Frazier owns a small real estate brokerage in Eastern Summit County. He also serves on the Oakley City Council and has previously served for five years on the Oakley City Planning Commission. He is on the board of directors of a homeowners association in Oakley as well.
What issues are important to you and why do you feel you are qualified?
Frazier wants to see both residential and business development within the city and said he wants to have development codes in place which "both encourage growth and direct it." He said he is currently overseeing the process of updating the city's master plan and development code.
He stressed that maintaining Oakley's rural and agricultural heritage "as much as is reasonable" is important, which he said means giving property owners the opportunity to sell their land to developers if they choose.
"They say that country folks are land-rich and money-poor," Frazier said. "We would like to keep the median income almost where it is. We want the growth to be residentially in median income."
What is your approach to growth and development and how would you attract business and/or tourism?
Frazier mentioned that Oakley has essentially two businesses in town a gas station and a small grocery store and that the town could support a much larger grocery store. The current grocery store, he said, has been roughly the same size since the early 20th century.
"We'd eventually like to get other small businesses in town, but that's where we see probably the commercial development starting," Frazier said.
"Most people drive five miles to Kamas [to shop for groceries]," Frazier said. "We'd like to see that change; one, for the convenience of the residents and two, for the sales taxes for the city, and we think it's good for business."