Logan mayor candidates debating on Wednesday

A debate feturing the four candidates for Logan Mayor will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Logan City Council Chambers. Those running for mayor are incumbent Randy Watts, John P. Clay, Marc Haws and Mike Morrill. The public is invited to attend. The debate will also be broadcast live on 610 KVNU. Below is a list of questions that have been provided to the candidates. Each media organization in the valley was invited to submit two questions, and each organization also will be allowed to ask a third “surprise” question. KVNU/Cache Valley Daily: 1) Parking throughout Logan is a constant complaint of residents. Whether it’s the winter parking ordinance that prevents people from parking on streets overnight, private companies booting in private parking lots, or a lack of parking in downtown Logan, parking is always a hot topic. What can you do as mayor to help ease the tensions in the community in these various areas that deal with parking, and do you believe there is “a better way to do things” across the board compared to what we’re doing now? 2) We’ve seen progress in the city on key economic development initiatives such as bringing a major hotel and conference center in and the effort to bring commercial air service to the valley continues. As mayor of Logan for the next four years, what are the next key economic development areas that you think the city should pursue? Utah Public Radio: 1. When resources are stretched thin at the recycling facility, are loads of recyclable material dumped into the Logan landfill. If so, how often does this happen? 2. The dug way on 600 East that drops into the Island area is in worsening condition and is unsafe during winter months, often closed during snow storms. What is the city’s position in improving this commonly-used section of road especially now with talk of changes in the Canyon Road area? Herald Journal: 1. Given the cost and controversy involved in reclaiming park strips, was the initiative a good move? Why, why not? 2. What should be the city’s role in inspecting private canals and the land surrounding them, as well as any other private properties when public safety could be at issue? The Valley Channel: Q: Is Logan really the safest city in America or Do we have a gang problem? If so, What can we do about it? Q: Is a west by-pass road possible now that 10th Waet has a school and a residential neighborhood. If so where, and how? Northern Utah Media Group: 1. What would you do to alleviate the tax and fee burden that small businesses face within the city? 2. What non-essential or money-wasting items would you cut out of the City budget? KUTA-TV8: 1. As you serve the public, how important to you is the 1st amendment and how will you be transparent in allowing the people you serve to know what is going on? 2. Is it in the community’s best interest to have a “watch dog” group or a citizen’s advisory board to monitor our local law enforcement and public servants so that we have checks and balances for our government? If so, what would be your ideas to get this going?

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