East Side elects new mayors
Coalville voters elected Trever Johnson as their new mayor on Tuesday. He garnered 205 votes to Arlin Judd’s 112. Johnson, the manager of operations for a company that does maintenance for commercial buildings, will replace Mayor Duane Schmidt, who resigned in early October.
"I’m excited about the results. I want to thank Arlin for a hard-fought campaign and I look forward to working with him in the future," Johnson said.
Judd serves on the Coalville City Council and said he has known Johnson ever since he moved to town. He stressed that cooperation will be key to helping move Coalville forward.
"Coalville definitely needs growth in both residential and commercial [space]," Judd said. "It’s going to take a cooperative effort from a lot of entities to make that happen not just the city but the county, as it’s concerned about areas close to Coalville."
Johnson said he wants to make Coalville an attractive place for move-ins and for growth and opportunity. He added the city has been well-poised to meet those goals with former Mayor Schmidt’s efforts. His first priorities, he said, will be to begin the construction of both the new wastewater treatment plant and the Icy Springs bridge.
"I really appreciate [the voters’] support and their trust in my abilities and I look forward to serving them and working with them to make Coalville a better place," Johnson said.
Cuyler Scates (282 votes) and Rodney Robbins (160) will take over the two vacant seats on the Coalville City Council. Bob McKeehan collected 123 votes.
Scates, a construction manager, echoed Johnson’s sentiments by saying he wants to market Coalville as a "great place to live" that is close to Park City. He also wants to see the city’s water system improved to help replace what he sees as a sub-par system that encounters periodic leaks.
Bringing back revenue-generating activities such as the Hot Air Balloon Festival and the fishing derby are also some of Scates’ goals. He adds that he looks forward to Robbins’ insight on the council.
Robbins stressed greater citizen involvement with government decision-making. He urges Coalville residents to contact him at (435) 640-6096 or email@example.com to give their thoughts on issues that need to be taken on.
"I really think lowering taxes and getting land developed would be the most helpful at this point," Robbins said. "I want to see what [the citizens of Coalville] want to do rather than have my own agenda."
McKeehan, who said he was "overwhelmed and thankful" for receiving the votes he did, said bringing small businesses or manufacturing jobs into the community should be important goals of the council.
"We need to put young people back to work rather than have them leave and go somewhere else," McKeehan said.
Challenger and South Summit Middle School Principal Wade Woolstenhulme unseated incumbent Oakley Mayor Blake Frazier in a vote of 181 to 155. Frazier, who could not be reached for comment, also currently serves as Summit County’s Auditor.
"I am a little surprised it’s hard to unseat an incumbent," Woolstenhulme said. "I’m a little nervous about the new endeavor but I’ve got an open mind and am ready to learn."
Woolstenhulme said he wants to lay down a "firm base of good, sound administrative rules" by which the city conducts business, and added that bringing in development is not a priority of his.
"I want to work on the infrastructure that is already there and try to make improvements in what we have," Woolstenhulme said. "I want to give people the opportunity to get involved in the community."
Woolstenhulme, who said he spoke with Frazier the night before the election, admitted he will be "leaning" on Frazier in adjusting to his new position.
Alton Frazier (241 votes) and Kendall "Tiny" Woolstenhulme (184) kept their seats on the Oakley City Council, with challenger Charles Gillett coming four votes short of replacing Woolstenhulme. Woolstenhulme and Gillett could not be reached for comment.
"I’m pleased that [the vote] keeps together a council that has been, I think, successful in accomplishing some pretty major activities in the city," Frazier said.
Frazier said the most important item he wants to focus on is updating Oakley’s master plan and development code. He also wants to complete construction of a building near the rodeo grounds that could be the site of a potential business by getting additional grant money.
"I would love to see additional single-family housing developed that would help us attract some additional commercial development like a grocery store and maybe some other small, more entrepreneurial shops around the city," Frazier said.
Frazier did add that he is happy additional growth has not taken place yet, touting the "historic ranching culture" of Oakley, but said he would like some growth to provide employment for young people in town.
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