SOUTH OGDEN -- Information from city council candidate Wayne Smith was omitted from a South Ogden election preview story in Thursday's paper due to an editing error.
Smith's view on issues facing the city appears below.
By GENTRY REINHART
SOUTH OGDEN -- As candidates face several complicated issues during the upcoming primary elections on Sept. 13, including bringing new business to South Ogden and cultivating a symbiotic relationship with Ogden city to help prevent crime from being displaced into the city, incumbent Wayne Smith offers a unique perspective on both of those topics.
Like his fellow candidates, Smith feels it's time to bring more businesses to South Ogden and feels the master plan outlined by the current planning commission is an excellent start to transforming the city's downtown area.
"This plan has a vision to make our downtown more user-friendly and more accessible by foot," Smith said. "Under this current plan we hope to attract both small and large businesses to help revitalize our economy. The next step in the plan is to showcase South Ogden city to businesses looking to expand and relocate and to show them what a great city South Ogden is and what we have to offer."
Smith also noted that tax breaks and low interest loans would help entice more businesses to South Ogden and offer the necessary incentive to do business within the city.
As a 22-year law enforcement veteran, Smith believes that it's difficult to compare South Ogden and Ogden, as each city has unique demographics.
"Ogden city police have worked very hard to combat the crime-related problems they face on a daily basis," he said. "They have an outstanding police department and their leadership has great vision. They have implemented many programs, such as the gang injunction, to help them battle crime in the Ogden city area. South Ogden City Police face similar challenges, but on a smaller scale."