Watts: 2010 has been good for Logan

Logan Mayor Randy Watts says 2010 has been a good year for Logan City in spite of a tight economy. He says a lot of good things have happened but, for him, there has been one major disappointment. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Watts said he was very disappointed when all talks stopped and then money dried up for a road project that would have involved 400 North coming down Main Street and then to State Road 30, also known as the Valley View Highway. Watts says there is great news, however, concerning 1000 West. “That’s been three years in the works and finally we’ll see, within a month or so, construction,” Watts explained. “First upon the bridge. It will be the 10th West bridge by the ICON facility. “They’ll be widening it and getting that completed then begin the process of widening 10th West all the way through.” The mayor says one of the problems will involve underground utilities and power poles that will have to be changed and re-located but he says it is a great project that will go all the way to 2500 North. Logan was also recently named the fifth-most secure place to live in the United States among small cites, according to the annual Farmers Insurance Group of Companies’ study. This marks the fifth straight year that Logan has appeared among the top 20 in the annual study. Watts says he is pleased about the high ranking and believes it comes from the city’s pro-active approach to safety issues. Watts says law enforcement officers are at all the schools making sure that kids are doing what they should be doing in schools. “That presence is important,” Watts continued. “And then with our NOVA program with our elementary kids in making right choices, we have an officer who handles that program. “We’re fortunate. We have a community that with many, many citizens that are willing to get involved. When they see that something is not right they will call 911 or bring it to the attention of officers so it can be investigated.” The mayor says what it amounts to is people are helping people. The four cities of fewer than 150,000 residents that ranked higher than Logan were Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA, State College, PA, Ithica, NY and Bismarck, ND.

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