If there is one issue tha all four candidates for Logan Municipal Council agree on it is that downtown Logan needs to be rejuvenated. Retired architect Tom Jensen was a member of the council for a time but left to take an assignment to Jordan. Now he is running along with the three incumbents: Herm Olsen, Jeannie Simmonds and Karl Ward.
The candidates participated in a debate Tuesday that was broadcast live on KVNU (the replay can be heard here: <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2015_10_07_324_38072_2867.mp3″>10/6/2015 – Hour 1: The Logan City Council “Meet the Candidates” debate between Karl Ward, Tom Jensen, Jeannie Simmonds and Herm Olsen</a>). Each candidate was asked what would be their first step to improve downtown. Jensen said we need more quality boutique shops.
<span>”If you think about Great Harvest (Bread Company), Andersen Seed (and Garden), Coppins (Hallmark), (S.E.) Needham (Jewelers), The Sportsman, Straw Ibbis, they are all very successful,” Jensen said. “They are all very good and they bring people here.</span>
<span>”If you had two, three, five more of those businesses you’d have a very vibrant downtown. At least it would be far more vibrant.”</span>
Herm Olsen said we are fortunate to have a venue like the Ellen Eccles Theatre where operas and other quality programs can be enjoyed.
<span>”We need to coordinate with the businesses to encourage them to stay open,” Olsen said, “and bring a diversity of opportunities so when people do come downtown in the evenings, there are things to do, things to see, part of the excitement that these efforts bring. There is an energy when they are performing.”</span>
Karl Ward said we need more accessible parking in downtown Logan and Jeannie Simmonds said there needs to be some city investment and also a willingness of those who have start-up businesses to move to the downtown.