UINTAH -- Frivolous spending, closed-door meetings and serving residents' needs are on the minds of the incumbent mayor of Uintah and her opponent.
The two candidates are Mayor Sue Bybee, 64, and Dean Larsen, 34.
Bybee, a retired U.S. Forest Service employee, has a variety of experience in city government.
She was appointed mayor in May and has served four years on the city council. She was on the planning commission and has served as court clerk and city recorder.
Bybee said she would like to continue taking care of residents' needs and see some projects through to completion.
"Right now, our city has one of the lowest rates of taxes in the state, and I would like to maintain that record while also providing quality services," she said.
"I would also like to make sure the streetlight at 6600 goes in that will improve access to the highway."
Bybee said listening to residents is of utmost importance.
"I feel like that is one of the most important things city officials can do, to listen to the needs and concerns of the citizens," she said.
Larsen, an airline pilot for SkyWest, said if he is elected, he will do everything he can to put a stop to a new secondary water project.
"They want to pressurize it and make it all fancy, but we already have a good running secondary water system, so why spend the millions of dollars?" he said.
"Sure, they got a grant, but it will only pay one-sixteenth of the cost, and the rest will fall to the taxpayers."
Larsen said there have been other frivolous expenditures, such as a $30,000 gazebo behind City Hall.
"Hardly anyone even knows it's there, and nobody ever uses it," he said. "It's a waste of money."
Larsen also said he is against closed-door meetings.
"The city council has held some closed-door meetings, and the attorney general's office has gotten involved," he said.
"I know there are times when closed-door meetings are legal, but I think government should be transparent, and I don't believe in closing the door for any reason."