LOGAN – The Logan Municipal Council is working on a number of projects and Tom Jensen would like to spend the next four years seeing them through to completion.
As a current council member, Jensen is one of two incumbents running for three open seats on the council in the upcoming General Election.
“We have a strong council now,” he said. “We all get along. We don’t always agree on things, but this council is functioning very well and a question I ask is why would anybody want to change horses in the middle of the stream, especially to unknown or untried candidates?”
Jensen is hoping residents consider his years of experience and knowledge of the process when they go to the polls in November.
“It’s important the public knows how candidates are going to react and how they think,” he said. “I’ve been working as a public advocate for planning and for community issues for 34 years and we’ve had some big successes, so I’ve been involved. I’ve been around the block.”
Jensen said the current council is involved in four major efforts that he endorses and would like to continue to support.
One of those efforts includes “creating a town center that is interesting and exciting,” Jensen said. “Something that is walkable where people can live and work and shop and that’s underway. We have some major projects starting and are now under construction that will bring people and services to the downtown.”
“I think our Main Street has serious problems and we have a plan, some ideas that need to be worked out so that we can have the Main Street traffic basically cut in half, so we can have greater ability to have parking on Main Street, perhaps dedicated bus routes,” had added.
Part of the traffic plan and eliminating some of the congestion in the downtown corridor includes the possibility of one-way streets, something that Jensen endorses.
The third area, according to Jensen, is in neighborhoods. He said they “are challenged because landlords don’t sometimes respect their neighbors and so we’re having some challenges.”
Jensen backs the idea of higher enforcement in terms of code violations. He also suggests that offering grants and loans to residents, incentivizing them to fix up a property or purchase a property in the downtown area, helps bolster the core of the city. He said there are “programs in place to strengthen the downtown.”
Then there’s the library.
“That’s been on hold and we’re limping along in a building that’s not working well and we have a couple of ideas of how to do this,” he said.
The prospect of building a new library has been discussed for years. City leaders have several sites in mind for a location, but have yet to disclose or secure a piece of land. It’s a project that is likely still a couple of years down the road.
“I think if we get those four things done, our city will have been richly enhanced and blessed without a big cost,” Jensen said.
“I’m in the middle of some things, I’d like to finish the projects that we started,” he said.
This article is part of a series of six stories featuring the candidates for the Logan City Council. A separate candidate will be featured each day in a pre-determined, random order.