Monson looking for better communication with citizens

The new chairman of Logan’s Municipal Council has one major priority. Jay Monson wants to help bring about better communications and better relations between the city and the citizens who live in Logan City.Monson says there has been a lot of animosity the last couple of years with some groups complaining that the city wasn’t open or friendly and that the city wasn’t listening to its citizens. Monson says he will do all he can to dispel that myth because the city does not belong to the council or to Mayor Randy Watts.Monson says the city belongs to all of the citizens of Logan and he wants them to realize that.Monson was out of town when Mayor Watts announced his new media policy, requiring members of the media to submit questions in writing when communicating with city officials. The policy has upset a lot of people, including media professionals and first amendment attorneys.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Monson said he has talked to Mayor Watts this week and believes the policy will not be as restrictive as it sounded at first. He says the mayor had just come out of a tough re-election campaign and may have been blindsided.”He’s come around and it’s not going to be the harsh, closed-door,” Monson said. “It’s not going to be that way.”Monson also said that Watts’ stance on controlling the flow of information is easing. “I think in the last week or so we’ve seen some changes there. He is the person that is overall responsible for the city. He is the chief administrator so he does feel the responsibility there.” Monson says he believes the whole purpose behind the policy was to make sure information the media receives is accurate.Another priority for Monson is limiting payday lending practices. He’s been pushing for it for some time and Monson says he’s pleased there’s a bill before the legislature that would put a ceiling on the interest that payday loan companies can impose. He says the bill is sponsored by a local legislator, Rep. Fred Hunsaker, R-Logan.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Monson said he’s against payday loan companies because they can ruin lives and they seem to target low income people and minorities. At Monson’s urging, the Logan City council put a limit on the number of establishments that could exist in Logan. He says there are still 12 or 13 which seems a lot for a valley this size.

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