My priorities for next four the years:
My priorities will not shift much from my first term to my second term. I will continue to stand for Individual rights including property rights, transparency in government, supporting our first responders, and developing our youth to be future leaders of our community. We need to continue to make Clearfield fiscally sustainable so we can handle the projected growth we will see in the coming years. Clearfield has an amazing history and with sound policy, we can make the future amazing as well.
Economic Development :
When I was coming onto the council we were implementing what is called form-based code this has allowed us to focus on the look and feel of the area of State Street and create a place that everyone can enjoy. While this change is still in its beginning stages it is starting to take shape and give Clearfield a clean new look. The Clearfield Station will be kicking off here in the next few months with infrastructure being laid out. We have seen many other developments begin to come up out of the ground as well. Yes, there has been a housing component to these developments but this will continue to support the business that is beginning to call downtown home. We need to continue to help our main corridors be the highlight of Clearfield and showcase why Clearfield is a great place to do business.
Parks and Recreation:
We have some amazing parks in our city in the last four years, the council has worked together to improve them through the utilization of the Parks, Arts, Recreation, Aquatics, and Trails Tax (PARAT). We have continually worked on finding ways to run things more efficiently in the entire city and the parks and the aquatic center have been a big part of that. I will always support the government staying out of the way of where private businesses can more efficiently run things and it is no different with the aquatic center. The fact of the matter is we have the aquatic center up and running and it would be detrimental to the city if we did not maintain it. We have worked to restructure pricing to help with that so that it can be better maintained and keep up with the needs of our residents and others. I will continue to help find ways to help keep Clearfield Parks and Recreation a valued asset in our community. I look forward to seeing amenities such as the dog park, the Clearfield Arts Center remodel kicked off so that Clearfield residents continue to have the best!
Infrastructure is among the most important basic needs of local government provides to its residents. The council has worked on having efficient funding for these projects utilizing all resources such as grant funding and wise budgeting. We have implemented a process known as the "hedgehog" tool that every project must go through to rank its priority to move forward. This tool has also been useful in other aspects of the city and it gives the council a good perspective of the scope of the project being presented to us so we can make informed decisions. I also try to get my boots on the ground with city staff to understand exactly what goes into their job. I recently was able to climb into a 4 million-gallon water tank that provides drinking water to the city. This tank was under repair and had been drained so the staff invited the council to get inside. This was a great experience because now when they talk about water infrastructure I have a great visual of what they are talking about. It is no secret Clearfield is an aging city and much of the infrastructure is old and needs to be replaced and through smart planning, we can support a growing city.
Clearfield Youth Commission:
When I first came into office I started working with our youth to create the Clearfield Youth Commission, which is one of the advisory boards to the Mayor and City Council. I have been able to work with some very talented young people who have had incredible leadership skills. These youth have learned firsthand what it means to work in local government. Some have had the opportunity to be on the Planning Commission, Parks, and Recreation Commission, as well as be involved with the police department and other local groups such as the Circles Program. 2020 was a difficult year for these youth and the youth commission came to a screeching halt. I am now working on rebuilding this group so that it lasts long after I am in the office. Currently, these youth are working on making plans to attend the National League of Cities Conference in Washington DC. This has been a giant goal of mine and I am working with the Mayor to make it a reality. I will continue to work with these amazing young people and make sure they have a continued voice in our community.
When I first came onto the city council I was appointed to the North Davis Fire District Board by the Mayor and have served in that capacity through the entirety of my first term. I have had first-hand experiences from riding along with the ambulance to sitting in the back of the Fire Chiefs' truck as he commanded a structure fire. I now am in my second year of serving as the Chair which has provided me even more insight into this unique world of First Responders. We have worked hard this last year to efficiently battle the pandemic while working to put in place better policy and make the fire district more fiscally sustainable. We also have amazing police officers in Clearfield who go above to beyond to protect and serve our community. I could never show them the appreciation they so deserve but I do my best on the council to provide the necessary resources to keep them safe. Police and Fire are essential services and will always be among my top priorities.
You The Resident:
You, the resident of Clearfield, are why I love doing what I do on the City Council. I enjoy hearing from you and helping resolve your concerns. It is not easy being in the hot seat and I know I cannot make everyone completely happy but each time I voice my opinion or place my vote I take time to think of how this impacts both you and me. The decisions I make impact me as well so I constantly remind myself that I am one of you. I go to work and live off a tight income so that impacts my thought process when I act on the council. I lay awake at night thinking about how and where will my children live when they leave home and I take that same mindset to council meetings to act on your behalf. I do my best to listen to new thoughts and ideas and encourage you to reach out to me and visit what you think should happen in Clearfield. I think we all want what is best for our city in making it a beautiful place to live, work, and play! It will be a great honor to serve you for four more years.