City Council Election Spotlight – Coalville |

City Council Election Spotlight – Coalville

Sarah MoffittThe Park Record

The 2010 Census revealed that Coalville had become smaller, an issue that residents want addressed as the City Council primaries near. Whether it is creating growth, moderating it, or creating the infrastructure to support it when it does happen, Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said that the City Council needs to keep it in mind.

Residents said other issues facing the town include finding the funds to build the new wastewater treatment plant, and bringing businesses into the town and the necessary visitors to keep those businesses running.

Candidates for the Coalville City Council

Jodie Coleman

A Coalville resident her entire life, Coleman has been a massage therapist in Coalville for the past 12 years and before that worked for the Park City Visitors Bureau.

One of the top issues facing the town, according to Coleman, is bringing enough visitors into town to keep the new businesses open and make sure the town grows correctly.

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"I am hoping to bring a positive energy to the City Council," said Coleman. "Coalville has changed a lot recently and I like it. I have no agenda and just want to see things move in a positive direction."

Scott Price

Price has lived in Coalville for 10 years and works for ACE Disposal. According to Price, when he moved to Coalville there was not much going on. It has since remade itself and he is eager to be a part of the change.

The issue Price is hoping to help the City Council deal with is the new wastewater treatment plant and making sure it is done correctly.

"We need to make sure we are keeping the city a nice place to come visit, whether it’s for a little while or a lifetime," said Price.

Suzie Leyba

Leyba has lived in Coalville for seven years and is the property manager for Camperworld in Coalville. She has served on various planning boards in Coalville, including helping to put on the car show.

According to Leyba, Coalville may experience some unexpected growth and figuring out the best way to deal with it needs to be priority number one.

"I am running because I love the community and am hoping to bring something different and new ideas to the council," said Leyba. "I want to focus on making things fair for everyone in the community."

Arlin Judd

A Coalville resident for 50 years, Judd is retired and previously served on the City Council. Judd said he has grown with the community and now has the time and ability to contribute to the council.

Judd said he is concerned about the economic vitality of businesses in Coalville and wants to focus on bringing an economic boost to the town.

"Stagnant growth is a big issue here," added Judd. "The cost of services is only going to increase if we don’t grow our tax base."

Merlyn Johnson

Johnson has lived in Coalville for 51 years, previously served on the City Council for eight years, and was a city planner for 12. He has worked as a school teacher in Coalville, a farmer and plumber.

Johnson said he understands the politics of the town and can make sure things get done, like the wastewater treatment plant, which he describes as a top priority. Another issue Johnson hopes to focus on is fixing the roads and deciding what private projects to invest in.

"Coalville is going to grow one day. The towns around us have. We need to make sure we have what is needed to accommodate it," said Johnson.

Carlos Tavares

Tavares has lived in Coalville for 20 years and works as a surveyor for the U.S. Forest Service. As a civil engineer, Tavares said he can bring his knowledge of public works and engineering projects to the City Council.

"I also have age and a certain amount of broad experience," added Tavares. "The biggest issue in Coalville right now is our demographic and cultural change, there is old fashion principles but modern thought."

Steve Richins

Richins is running as an incumbent for City Council; he is currently serving his third term. He was born and raised in Coalville and has worked construction and run a farm.

Richins said the biggest issues he hopes to focus on is getting the money for the new waste water treatment plant and preparing for growth.

"I am civic-minded and like to know what is going on in the town," said Richins. "I can bring experience and know the issues that face the city."

Chris Brundy

Brundy is running as an incumbent for the City Council; he is currently serving his first term. He has lived in Coalville for nine years and works for All West Communications.

According to Brundy, the biggest issues in Coalville is making sure the wastewater treatment plant gets completed and the town stimulates growth.

"People like Coalville the way it is and the locals don’t want to see it change too much or cater to only one set," said Brundy. "As their elected official, they can come talk to me and I will vote on issues for them."

Every week prior to the elections, The Park Record will be profiling an East Side Town and its candidates.