FARR WEST -- Transparency in public meetings and an evolving, growing community are some of the top issues concerning those involved in the race to fill three council seats.
Competing for the seats are Tom Burkland, Paul Dinsdale, James Ebert, Matt Gwynn, Daryn Westergard and incumbent Ava Painter. Incumbents Dale Chugg and Michael Lunt did not run for re-election.
Burkland, 51, the vice president of engineering at Peterson Corp, has served 11 years on the Farr West Planning Commission. He feels the most important issue facing the city is managing the significant amount of residential and commercial development so quality of life and the character of the community are preserved.
"We have a very effective master plan and ordinances that guide development," Burkland said.
He said Farr West has a very good subdivision ordinance that ensures developers hold up their end of the process.
Burkland said his time on the planning commission has given him an education in state and federal regulations and codes and the practical application of those regulations and codes that will be beneficial for the city.
Dinsdale, 52, is an engineer who has been the Farr West Planning Commission chairman. He believes open government is the most important issue facing the city.
"We have had too many years of a city run by a single opinion, a single set of ideas," he said. "I will use my vote to make sure that meetings are open for public comment and all sides of every issue are heard before decisions are made."
Ebert, 44, is a Riverdale police officer. He believes his experience in city administration will give him an edge as a council member familiar with community growth and the pains each community goes through as it evolves.
He said smaller cities like Farr West often have one person making decisions, a situation that needs to change, and as the city grows, the number of those running it needs to expand.
Ebert said he feels transparency in government is important and he would like to have audio recordings of city council meetings available to residents through the Internet.
Ebert said the first thing he will do if elected is really address communication in Farr West and how and why decisions are made as they are.
Gwynn, 34, is a Roy city police officer and a member of the Farr West Planning Commission. He said the most important issue facing the city is having ordinances that are applicable to the current environment in Farr West.
"As the population changes, so do the needs of our community," Gwynn said.
"There are a lot of challenges in the future as well as now. If we have ordinances that can face those challenges head on, we will be more successful and have less problems later."
Westergard, 32, is a dairy farmer who said he's the only resident running for a council seat who has lived in Farr West his entire life. This gives him an edge because he knows his community well, he said.
The most important issue in Farr West right now is maintaining the trust of the residents, Westergard said, adding he feels it is very important to be available to listen to them.
"As a council member," he said, "I will make myself available to address their concerns."
Painter, 59, has served as a council member for nearly eight years and was the planning commission chairwoman for a year and a half. She is the administrator of Weber State University's Office of Sponsored Projects.
"Residents feel disillusioned with the way the city is being run, and they don't feel a part of it," Painter said.
"It is important they do feel it is their community and they have a say in what happens. I would like to see more transparency in our meetings, and see (council members) be more open to the comments and concerns of the residents."
Painter said her experience will help her serve her community well in the future.