Watts explains pay increases, 100 East project

Some people have complained about the fact that Logan City employees received a small pay increase in spite of a struggling economy.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday, Mayor Randy Watts defended the pay hike and talked about how it came about. He said by taking a serious approach to safety the claims coming in have been reduced.”Because we’re taking a proactive approach,” Watts explained, “those dollars that we have saved, because we’re moving up the bar as far as the safety side and really taking it seriously, we’ve taken those dollars now and given them back to the employees. “That’s where that salary increase has come from, from the dollars earned from them taking a serious approach to what they’re doing in the rolling stock of the city.”Watts says employees have to pay a higher deductible in their health benefits plan.Watts also says he’s excited about the fact that the road constuction project on 100 East is open to the public. The $12 million project was completed with a combination of federal funds and local match, as well as funds received from Cache County from the voter-approved transportation sales tax fund. Watts says the three-lane road with sidewalk, landscaping and bike lane will give drivers some great transportation options.”It’s going to be a huge improvement for people now to have an alternative route,” Watts explains, “as they say they’re going to the theater over in Providence, to the Iron Gate area, or trying to get into Millville and not have to stay on Main Street, that you can actually take that 3rd South, head up to 1st East and by the Riverwoods project, you see now there are some apartments being built along there. “But to have it knock out now onto the Providence Lane is huge.”Watts says drivers should exercise caution for the next few weeks while final work on the road is being completed.

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