“We’ve accomplished a great deal in the past year,” according to Logan City Mayor Holly Daines, thanks to “teamwork and partnerships.”
Mayor Daines said she hopes to build on the accomplishments of 2108. She outlined her goals and priorities for the upcoming year during her State of the City address to Logan residents and council members on Tuesday, January 15th.
Mayor Daines said the city of Logan is in a strong financial position and her number one goal is to be fiscally responsible. “We always look to cut costs and streamline operations, so tax dollars are used more efficiently,” she said.
The city’s commitment to infrastructure remains strong, according to Mayor Daines. She outlined several upcoming projects, including a new water and storm drain on 1200 North from 200 to 600 East.
“This is one of the worst areas in the city for emergency water leaks,” she said.
Public Works will soon begin construction in the area of 1400 North and 600 West to install a traffic signal and new railroad crossing. Also look for completion of 1800 North from 800 to 1000 West. Both projects are designed to improve east-west mobility.
The city will commission a study this year to determine how to best deal with traffic congestion on Main street. The study will look at the possibility of one-way streets downtown.
Another goal the Mayor outlined is to continue with projects to revitalize the downtown area.
“Our beautiful and historic downtown is the heart and soul of our city,” she said. “As Logan ages and the valley grows, investment and action is needed to draw people downtown and build on the assets we have there.”
Part of the improvements will take place on Center Street between Main and 100 West. Beginning this spring, crews will begin construction on replacing old curbs and gutters. The plan also consists of wider sidewalks, areas for outdoor dining, a mini-plaza and planters.
The Mayor said the city is partnering with a number of people who are working to create a new vision for the Emporium Block, located on Main Street between Center Street and 100 North. She said the city is expecting to see new development plans in 2019.
The Mayor’s fourth goal is neighborhood improvement. She stressed the importance of continuing to educate residents about community standards that improve our neighborhoods.
Mayor Daines emphasized her goal of continuing to beautify the city by completing the Logan City Trail System. Money was set aside seven years ago for the express purpose of constructing various trails throughout the city.
“Final funds from the project are being spent on the Canyon Connector Trail,” she said. “We now have a connected network of trails from the southwest corner of Logan, all the way to Logan Canyon which connects to USU, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Lundstrom Park Trail on the East Bench.” She said these, “trails will enhance our quality of life for years to come.”
“This month we will begin discussing proposed new dog ordinances, including a possible year long pilot program which would include making some parks dog friendly or could allow unleashed dogs in some parks during certain hours,” according to Mayor Daines. She said she has been contacted by many residents about making Logan more dog friendly.
The Mayor closed her remarks by thanking the more than 400 city employees who work hard to ensure the city runs efficiently and effectively.
“I look forward to more good things happening in 2019,” she said.