Cooperation, fairness key issues for Potter

Former North Logan Mayor Val Potter, a Republican, is hoping to replace Brian Chambers, the only Democrat on the Cache County Council who chose not to run for a third term in the Northeast District this year. Potter is running against another former Mayor, Democrat Mark Daines of Hyde Park.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Potter said one reason he got back into politics is became he feels the county council could do more to help residents of Cache County’s larger cities, not just the unincorporated area. An important issue, he says, is transportation.”I think some coordination between the communities and the cities on transportation issues,” Potter said, “and coming up with a plan that is going to work across the valley for years to come, a real future-looking plan, would be one of the things. “The other is planning and zoning issues. Planning for growth for the future is really important. I think more interaction with the mayors and city councils on what their plans are and how they mesh would be something the county can do more of.” Potter continued that further by discussing the issue of a countywide library system. He says it is fine to have a non-binding ballot initiative asking local residents whether or not they support the idea, but the Republican has concerns about the way the issue is being proposed. As a former mayor of North Logan, Potter says that city has spent millions of dollars on a new library.”We sacrificed to do that,” Potter continued. “Hyrum has done the same thing, and some of the other communities as well. So it’s not really fair to say ‘it’s going to be the same across the board,’ because certain communities have paid a lot more for it. “So I’d like to see library service for the other communities but to make that happen is a very complicated situation.”Potter said if voters support a countywide library system he would do everything possible to make sure it is as fair and equitable as possible. Potter is Executive Director of Development with Utah State University’s College of Engineering. His opponent, Mark Daines will be a guest on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Oct. 11 at 9:10 a.m.

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