Watts touts infrastructure projects

Logan City has a manageable debt according to Mayor Randy Watts, who says a story in Tuesday’s Herald Journal explains how his challenger Mike Morrill’s flyer was wrong when it said Logan was $74 million in debt. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Watts said the city’s financial situation has been greatly improved and many needed infrastructure projects have started. “You know the Boulevard Project, I feel, is a real good one,” Watts said. Watts went on to list a number of other projects Logan City has engaged in since his time in office. “The Dewitt Springs was really an excellent project. We’re now moving into a 46,000 volt substation down by Campbell Scientific. “The Gateway Project out on [Highway] 89 is almost completed. We’ve had our chip-n-seals, our curb and gutter improvements, sewer and water improvements, storm water improvements, and then the city hall parking area has been improved.” He says in all, 28 important infrastructure projects have been completed or are underway. Some people have accused Watts of a conflict of interest because Cache Valley Builders built the new Cache Valley Transit District facility. Watts says his family’s business, Cache Valley Builders Supply Company, was sold several years ago and he has nothing to do with the Cache Valley Builders anymore. Mayor Watts has been criticized by Morrill for building a new police department and moving City Hall into the Justice Building, something Morrill calls “a waste of money.” Watts says city employees had worked for years out of the old Sears building where there were heating and cooling problems, many of the rooms had no windows and they were handicapped in their work production because they were not all together. Watts says employees were scattered from the service center to the environmental building and back to city hall. He says the consolidation of offices into one central building has been very beneficial. He also said the important 911 operation is much safer at its new location in the new police building.

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