Mayor Watts addresses Logan City’s relationships with businesses

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Both of the challengers to Logan Mayor Randy Watts in his bid for re-election have accused the city of not being “business friendly.” Mayor Watts disputed that and suggested that candidates James Olson and Craig Petersen check those comments out.

On <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday</a>, Watts said the businesses he’s talked to have been very complimentary in spite of tough regulations that have to be followed such as fire codes, the EPA and storm water issues.

“The uniform building code is followed by everybody; at least it should be,” Watts said. “It isn’t an easy process. Building isn’t easy, but when they bring these businesses there are certain areas that they have to reach in expertise because we, when you look at infrastructure, take them over that are coming into these facilities, forever more become the caretaker of the infrastructure. It’s more important that we get in it right the first time.”

Candidate Craig Petersen accused Watts of catering to big businesses and James Olson said the landlord licensing law needs to be improved. One of the three candidates will be eliminated in Tuesday’s primary election.

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