“An incredible educational experience.” That is how Laraine Swenson describes her seven-plus years as a member of Logan’s municipal council, which came after seven years on the city’s planning commission and five years as co-chair with her husband on a neighborhood council. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Swenson announced that she has decided not to seek a third four-year term on the council this year. She said she feels like, as she leaves, the city is in very good shape. Swenson is pleased with progress made in such areas as budget control, land preservation measures and neighborhood character preservation. Swenson said she does not favor building a new Logan Library because she prefers to go with E-Systems. “iPads, e-readers, Kindles, we need to get the format uniform and once we have a uniform format I think people are going to realize what a convenient thing this is,” she claimed. “In fact, this last year there’s been astronomical growth in e-readers and the issue is going to be not going to a library and checking out a physical book but downloading a book that you can read.” Swenson admits there are still some people who don’t own a computer but those numbers are getting fewer and fewer. She says some people have said picture books would never be used by e-readers but she says she has downloaded some picture books and, in her words, “they are beautiful.” Swenson also said that Logan City’s progress in renewable energy is a high note that she feels good about. She said she has learned that the best way to create new energy is to use the energy you have in a more economic manner. “Programs to conserve energy or to make things more efficient are less expensive than going out and buying new resources,” Swenson explained. “So if people can understand that as they put attic insulation in or replace an aging furnace with one that is more efficient that they are going to save money. “That also saves the city money because then they don’t need to go out and buy 10 megawatts because people have been able to conserve a portion of that.” Swenson was a strong supporter of the creation of a neighborhood improvement department. Although it has been controversial, she says the result has been such improvements as park strip and sidewalk reclamation and landlord licensing.
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