Kooyman sees annexation compromise

When Hyde Park mayor David Kooyman steps down next week after eight years on the job. He will be leaving the city council with a major decision to make: whether or not to approve a proposed annexation of about 426 acres of land from two families. If developed, the city’s population of about 3200 could increase by about one third.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Kooyman said a lot of people don’t want that kind of expansion. “There’s certainly some advantages to know you’re controlling the area around you,” he said. “One of our residents, Dave Rayfield, works with a conservation group and I really think he had the right answer. That is taking the foothills non-developable area and put it in a conservation easement to provide some tax incentives for the Tews, (and) allow them to develop the other. That seems to me like a good compromise.” Kooyman says one of the highlights of his time as mayor was completion of the George S. Eccles Ice Arena which has turned out to be a treasure for the Cache Valley community. He says one of the most controversial issues was the placement of the water tank above a city park. Kooyman says there were numerous public hearings about the tank, its size and its placement.

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