David Ure: Many things on council left to be done
Republican incumbent David Ure wants the opportunity to see the Summit County
Council’s hard work throughout the past four years come to fruition during the next four.
In seeking reelection for a seat on the council, Ure said he wishes to serve another four-
year term to finish what he said the council has already started.
After serving in the Utah House of Representatives, Ure said he realized the council is the
"closest form of government, with the greatest opportunity of changing lives."
"And there are many things on the council left to be done," Ure said at the county debate
forum hosted by KPCW and The Park Record on Monday, Oct. 20. "Congestion is one of
our biggest problems and so is the pipeline."
The Uinta Express Pipeline has became a major point of discussion throughout the past several weeks as candidates address Summit County residents’ concerns about the installation and location of the proposed pipeline. The 135 mile-long, heated pipeline would transport about 60,000 barrels of waxy crude per day. In the past, The Park Record has reported that the pipeline has raised concerns about reducing tanker truck traffic and protecting the watershed from an oil spill.
"I can’t give an answer as to what is or isn’t going to take place because we are not that far down the road yet," Ure said.
Ure said the council recognizes the need to protect the watershed and he personally guaranteed the council would work diligently to do so.
This week, the council will review the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission’s proposed changes to the county’s development and zoning code. Challenger Sean
Wharton, who sits on the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission, questioned Ure as to why the code wasn’t amended in the past.
"It’s only been in the last two years, at the most, that we really realized what a disaster it
(development code) was," Ure said in response.
Ure admitted he wasn’t as familiar with the development and zoning codes, as they pertained to the East side of the county, as he had thought. But, he said, it was up to the commission to recommend the changes to the council.
"We were putting that power and authority in the people we appointed to that board," Ure said.
Another point of concern surrounds the development along the Wasatch and Summit
County borders, which is putting pressure on transportation in Summit County.
Summit County, Ure said, will have more responsibility than Wasatch County in solving traffic congestion and air pollution. A partnership is need, though, between the two counties to effectively address those issues, he said.
"We have got to team up with Wasatch County and work together on our problems at the same time because one cannot solve it without the other," Ure said.
As the only member of a five-member-council from the East Side of the county, Ure said he represents the entire county, but has a special understand of the East Side and its culture.
Ure, a fourth-generation rancher in the Kamas Valley, said the true time for a politician to figure out what he has or has not done is when he stands before the voters.
"You are the ones who make the votes and you are the ones who put us into office or take us out," he said. "That’s the greatest part of America and the state of Utah. To have a total change of leadership without any bloodshed spread, I’ve enjoyed it and I think I’ve done a good job."
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