NIBLEY – Mayor Shaun Dustin said he would like to finish the work he started.
He said he feels good about the things he and the City Council have accomplished so far, but feels there is still work to be done. He decided to run for reelection so he can see those things through.
He also just really likes being Nibley’s mayor.
“It’s not so much being the mayor, it’s being the mayor of Nibley,” he said. “I’m not sure I would want this job anywhere else. There are just really cool things we’ve been able to do in the city. There are some other things we are right in the middle of and I’d like to continue to keep pushing things forward and getting the city where it needs to be.”
One of those things on his list is making the right plan in regards to Logan City’s new wastewater treatment facility. Several Cache County cities share the existing facility, but there has been disagreement with how to move forward. Mayor Dustin said he was able to pull the Cache County mayors together to try to come up with a plan that would be better for everyone.
He said progress has been made, but some of the mayors – including Logan’s Craig Petersen – will be finishing their terms. To Dustin, that is concerning. He believes continuity is important. He wants to make sure the best decisions – financially and environmentally – are made.
“We’re losing quite a few of the people that were involved in the initial coalition,” he said. “I think that continuity is important. You don’t generally change horses mid-stream when it is a big deal like that.”
Another project during Dustin’s term has been the installation of crosswalks across the city’s surrounding highways. He said it takes a lot of work with the Utah Department of Transportation to put a crosswalk in, but getting two of them across Highway 165 is one of the first-term accomplishments he is most proud of.
Even with the two new crosswalks, Dustin believes city access by foot is still an issue. He views Nibley as an island, not surrounded by water, but by highways. He said getting past the traffic to enter or leave the city can be dangerous.
“If you are doing it in a car you are probably going to be OK,” he said, “but if you do it on foot it’s a really, really big deal.”
Demographically, Nibley is young. Dustin said the majority of residents are younger than 18, which means there are a lot of residents without driver’s licenses.
“Those people are really important too,” he said. “One of my big focuses has been: How do we accommodate them and how do we make sure that kids have freedom of movement in the city? How do we make sure that they can safely get to school, that they can safely get to their friends’ houses and that they aren’t blocked by artificial barriers like the highway?”
Dustin said he has also helped implement the new trails plan without having to raise taxes. Before his term as mayor he served on the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Professionally he is a civil engineer.
“We’re doing some really good stuff,” he said. “We’ve tried to do our best and be open and honest with everybody and I think we’ve been successful at it and I would appreciate the chance to be able to finish the work we started.”