Coalville City swears in new council
Coalville’s new City Council members were officially sworn in at Coalville City Hall Monday night.
Cody Blonquist, Tyler Rowser, Adrianne Anson and Arlin B. Judd took the oath of office during a special ceremony in front of city staffers and family members. Mayor Trever Johnson conducted the ceremony.
Incumbents Anson and Judd were reelected to serve on the five-member council for four-year terms after defeating Walter Brock and Steven B. Richins in November. Carlos J. Tavares, Jr. was eliminated during the primary election in August.
Anson, a stay-at-home mother, previously occupied the two-year seat left vacant by Cuyler Scates and won her seat after earning 124 votes. Anson emphasized a need to create more opportunities for Coalville’s youth and revitalize the city’s tree board during her campaign.
Judd, a retired farmer and former North Summit Board of Education member, begins his fourth term as a city councilor in his quest to continue serving the community with his experience.
Rowser secured the third four-year seat after garnering 126 votes. Rowser is a real estate agent and the public information officer for North Summit Fire District. He resigned from his position as a Coalville City Planning Commissioner to accept his seat.
Blonquist stepped into the contest with no government experience and received the most votes out of the candidates. He won the two-year seat over Edward Keyes with 184 votes. Blonquist is an electrical contractor and has said he has concerns about the city’s zoning regulations and the future of the Summit County Fair.
City Council members will be faced with overseeing the completion of a new waste water treatment plant and the potential relocation of the County Fair outside of the city. A purchase option is open on an 80-acre property in Hoytsville until 2016.
The four new City Council members will join Mayor Johnson, elected in November 2014, and Council member Rodney Robbins, whose seat was not up for reelection.
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