Schmidt not running again
Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said he will not be seeking re-election this year.
"I’ve been there for eight years now, and I feel like we’ve made some significant changes," Schmidt said. "But by the same token, I think when you reach a point you are not having fun, it’s time to go. I’ve reached that point."
Schmidt added that he does not have any "sour grapes" about being mayor and said he has done his best during the eight years he served.
"I’ve put my heart and soul into it, and we’ve been successful in making things better in Coalville," he said. "I do believe it’s better now than when I first took office. I just think it’s time."
In particular, Schmidt said he’s proud of the improvements made along Main Street, and of the ability to obtain grant money to fund various projects.
"I’m also proud of the wastewater treatment facility, which is going to break ground in late spring or early summer, and of the bridge that’s going to break ground around September," he said. "I think we’ve made changes in every aspect of city government. We’ve touched every road in the city except two or three. And I think by the end of this year, every road in Coalville will have been touched. We’ve had some roads that haven’t been touched for 50 years, so I think we’ve done a good job on the roads and fixing things up."
Making the accomplishments a reality has taken a "lot of people, really hard work," he added.
While serving as Coalville mayor has been an honor, it’s healthy for the community to have a diverse leadership running the city, he said.
"I’ve put a lot of time into being mayor, so much time that I’ve probably neglected some things I should have done around my house, and spending time with the kids and my wife," he said. "Those are some things I want to do. I want to spend more time on my personal life."
Schmidt has a daughter who was severely injured in a four-wheeler accident in 2009.
"She’s been through 18 major operations and is going to college now," he said. "I want to spend more time with her and the other kids. I also want to go fishing. I want to do all those things I didn’t have time to do because I was always running to a meeting or working on a project for the city."
Despite being able to spend more time with their dad, Schmidt said, his kids are a little sad he’s not running for office again.
"While it’s been a lot of fun, but for the last year or so it hasn’t been as much fun as it was the first seven years," he said. "And that has a lot to do with my decision not to run again."
Schmidt plans to have a conversation with the person who wins the mayor office in November and tell him or her the things that need to be done in the community in the future.
"There’s a lot of water upgrades that need to take place, and sidewalks that need to be replaced," he said. "But that’s all going to be up in the air now."
But Schmidt isn’t done yet.
"I’ve got another nine months to go and I’ve got a lot on my plate this year." he said. "I’ve got the bridge and I think we’re going to do some renovations in City Hall to build new council chambers. Since the library moved out, we have some more room. I’m not going to slow down. I’m going to keep going hard all the way until the end."
Schmidt added that following his departure from the mayor’s office, he’ll still be participating in the community.
"I’m not going to drop off the face of the earth. I’ll continue to be an active member of Summit County," he said.
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