Since taking office in November of 2018, I have worked to enhance communication and outreach with citizens about a wide variety of happenings, developments, and opportunities within the City. I started a monthly newsletter and social media page to provide insights and updates on items that are no longer covered by the Davis County Clipper or in the City’s traditional communication platforms. Often the decisions of the City Council might be fairly mundane such as the purchase of new equipment for the Parks Department or what type of power poles to buy. However, I think even these less than thrilling budget actions can be better communicated to the citizens of Bountiful so they understand that their tax dollars are frugally spent. If these communication avenues are in place, more exciting plans for new parks or deep discussions about zoning density in the areas where it makes the most sense will have a natural place and outlet within our community. Some of the challenges before us regarding growth will require adaptation and change, which is never easy when it comes as a surprise. Communication is the key to ensuring the actions by City leaders to shape our future aren’t a surprise to citizens, but are embraced and welcomed as well planned next steps to achieving community goals.
Robust economic activity might open the possibility for the City to engage in re-development along US 89 to take advantage of transportation options or pursue efforts to improve vibrancy on Main Street. Which ideas and plans make sense for Bountiful will require listening, consensus building, and leadership. Due to my past work experience and volunteer activities, I have developed all of those skills. I am familiar with a wide variety of public policy issues that lend themselves to helping answer these growth questions. In addition, I maintain excellent personal and professional relationship with a number of organizations like the Utah League of Cities and Towns, members of the Utah Legislature, Governor Herbert, Executive branch agencies, and many different business and charitable organizations whose resources, input, and assistance could be harnessed to our benefit. I have worked with many different groups and built coalitions on projects from land use appeals to water law to tax incentives to find consensus solutions that work for all parties. I believe this broad and informed background, along with a willingness to learn and listen, will help position Bountiful to tackle a host of policy issues that are before us now, and in the future, with regard to our economic and population growth potential.
TRAILS AND PARKS
Our proximity to the foothills and canyons combined with four-seasons of weather means there are all kinds of ways to enjoy Bountiful outdoors and live an active lifestyle. Growing up in Bountiful, I often hiked to Elephant Rock, rode 4-wheelers at the Bountiful B, and went sledding at Mueller Park Jr. High. My love of the outdoors continues with mountain bike rides on the Mueller Park trail and dog walks all over the City. I hear constantly from residents that also love the outdoors and have kids that are playing everything from pickleball to lacrosse to baseball but struggle to find a field or court space. Having trails and parks is the icing on the cake to a great place to live. I support continued efforts to secure park and field options for a wide variety of uses in addition to completing and funding a Bountiful Trails Master Plan.
My overriding fiscal philosophy is conservative. In past leadership opportunities, I have often been charged with overseeing a budget or expenses. I have never lost sight of the responsibility to be a good steward of the funds in my care and to act with transparency regarding those funds. It is a high honor to be entrusted with spending tax dollars that citizens have given up to be used prudently and judiciously for our common benefit. I am a fan of growing economic opportunities so that there are ultimately more taxpayers to carry the burden and therefore each individual taxpayer can carry less.