My Focus For Clearfield City:
In my four years on the Planning Commission, economic development is something that has surely caught my eye. We have a rich manufacturing history in Clearfield and something I feel we should be proud of. The Planning Commission has worked closely with the City Council to pave the way for strong business development to take place here in Clearfield City. That said, we also face challenges that are unique to any other community in Davis County. Our city is close to being maxed out with room to grow out and now needs to focus on growing up and redeveloping key areas. We have about 7 square miles in our city that is wrapped around Hill Air force Base and the Freeport Center which gives us both challenges and opportunity. I will continue to focus on working on planning for the future of Clearfield City and passing ordinances that welcome business to Clearfield City. In the last year the Planning Commission and City Council, along with residents, have looked at the possibilities of redeveloping our downtown area (State Street) around Maybe Pound. We have looked at how we can make this a place for the community to live and shop in Clearfield City. As a City Councilmember, I will continue to keep the focus on projects that will increase livability and bring more jobs to Clearfield City.
Parks and Recreation
We have some beautiful parks and incredible recreation programs within the boundaries of Clearfield City. Recently the City Council approved the purchase of new park equipment to be installed in eight of our parks. I have coached in multiple sports here in the city and my daughters have participated in various dance classes. I will always support the improvement of our parks and make sure that our sports and other programs have needed resources to function. I strongly encourage residents to volunteer to help with our recreational programs as well as to help keep our parks clean and vibrant.
Improving our roads, water, and sewer lines is among my greatest priorities in our city. While we all wish we had perfectly paved roads and the ability to upgrade all the sewer and water lines under our streets, we need to have a plan. We need to prioritize which roads need to be improved first. We need to budget our money wisely and efficiently so we can take care of infrastructure needs. I encourage you to read through the cities "Strategic Plan" as it lays out a carefully thought out road map to continual work on improving the cities infrastructure.
When I was first appointed to the City Council, I took time to learn my role and asked many people in and out of city government how I should approach my role and what issues I should take on. While speaking to my predecessor, she mentioned she had been working on resurrecting the Youth City Council. This quickly caught my attention and was something I could passionately pick up the torch on. In my discussions with the Mayor and City Council, as well as the City Staff, we have a desire to actually involve the youth of our city in the decision making process. We are in the beginning phases of creating a Clearfield City Youth Advisory Commission to advise the City Council and City Staff on important issues in our city that pertain to the youth. We have some very bright youth in our city that could give us great direction as we plan for the future and overcome obstacles along the way. I want to ensure that this is a program that does not fall between the cracks, but carries on for years to come.
Residents and guests of Clearfield City should feel confident that they can rely on our Police and Fire and Rescue. One of the first things I did upon being appointed to the City Council was spend time touring our police department with our Police Chief. I also spent an evening on patrol with a few of the officers to get a feel for what they go through while on the job. I also have the chance to serve on the North Davis Fire District Administrative Control Board and have gained great understanding of what it takes to run the fire district. Our fire station here in Clearfield City is among the busiest in the county. Our Police Officers and the North Davis Fire District need to have the best equipment possible to keep them safe. We as residents need to give them support and work with them to keep our neighborhoods safe. As a Councilmember I will work hard with my fellow Councilmembers to continue to support the men and women of the Clearfield Police Department and the North Davis Fire District.
You The Resident
In any community it is the residents that make it a fantastic place to live and that is no different here in Clearfield City. I want every resident to have a voice and to be heard. If we will listen to each other and be willing to understand where each other is coming from with our ideas, we are more likely to come to an agreement. I promise to make myself available to listen to you and understand why your issue is important. I am here to represent you and how you feel the city can be a better place to live. I encourage every resident to get involved and do their part. We have so many ways to volunteer. We need to be concerned about each other in our city and be willing to help each other out. We have amazing stories to tell in Clearfield and I hope to get to know more of these stories.