In a few more days residents of Logan will have decided which of the two candidates running for mayor will be the replacement for outgoing mayor Craig Petersen.
Holly Daines, who is completing her second four-year term as a member of the city council, is now a candidate for mayor. Her opponent is Brian Seamons, a self-employed building contractor.
Seamons has said if he is elected mayor he will save the residents of Logan money because he feels the city spends too much and sometimes makes frivolous purchases. One example Seamons cited is parking.
“Maybe that’s poor planning, I’m not quite sure. Maybe that’s lack of vision,” <a href=”https://www.kvnutalk.com/10242017-2/” target=”_blank”>Seamons explained</a> on KVNU’s For the People program. “I think parking is easily solved if we create an ordinance, we require a certain amount of parking per structure, and then we stick with that.
“You see the new apartment complexes near the university. It’s when we backed away from parking requirements of one-to-one or greater that we really started feeling that pressure.”
Seamons said he was glad it was decided not to go ahead with the Garden Park apartment project because there would have been insufficient parking and it would have been very difficult for neighbors.
On spending, Daines said Seamons needs to look more closely at Logan’s financial decisions because nothing is further from the truth.
“We updated our citywide software with a one-time savings of $750,000, which also provided annual savings of $20,000,” Daines explained. “We’ve redesigned and outsourced the city website saving $60,000 annually.
“We’ve had a number of different economic development efforts, including recruitment of electrical power systems to relocate from Los Angeles to Logan, incentives for new developments in both the north and south end of Logan as well as downtown, and those have all contributed to the tax base.”
Four candidates are also running for two municipal council seats and none are incumbents. The candidates are Amy Anderson, Steve Thompson, Jess Bradfield and Paul Rogers.