SUNSET -- A forgotten Main Street, bringing in businesses to fill it and relocating the fire station are some of the challenges city council candidates see Sunset facing.
Six candidates in the Nov. 8 municipal election are vying for three four-year seats on the council.
The candidates are incumbents Cheryl Budge and Ryan Furniss, seeking, respectively, their third and second terms, and newcomers Tena Hale, Kevin Snow, Ryan Walker and Jake Peterson.
"One of my biggest issues is the economic development of Sunset," said Peterson, 34, who is a Washington Terrace employee. "The city hasn't been doing anything to move new business into the city. The current council has not been too much involved with trying to promote the city. I don't know that the council has even tried. Main Street has been a forgotten subject."
Peterson said he would like to work with the rest of the council to develop Main Street by attracting "mom-and-pop stores" to the city. Sunset doesn't have the population to bring in a big-box store, he said.
Walker agrees that the biggest issue the city faces is economic development.
Originally from Layton, Walker said he grew accustomed to having restaurants and retail nearby and would like to see some of that development come to Sunset through the use of incentives.
"We have to give them a reason to build in Sunset," said Walker, 28, a telecommunications installer. "There is not a whole lot to offer people in Sunset. It never was developed beyond a residential town."
Families leave the city for entertainment, and leaders need to figure out how to keep those dollars home, Walker said. With plans for an 1800 North freeway off-ramp to be built near the city's Main Street, he said, bringing in business should be easier.
Budge said, "Our biggest issue is the widening of 1800 North."
The 1800 North road-widening project will end up costing the city money because the project will force the relocation of the city's fire station, said Budge, 66, a settlement clerk for an Ogden company.
"It will cost the city. We don't want to raise taxes," she said.
The council is considering a bond to help pay for the expenses the city will incur to relocate and upgrade its properties bordering the roadway project, Budge said.
"The most serious issues facing Sunset are the declining revenue streams, sales tax and property tax," said Furniss, 35.
It is imperative that city leaders think outside the box when approaching the very difficult financial times ahead, he said.
One recent creative change made to the city's revenue stream includes the lease for 20 years of a billboard on the city's Main Street that will net the city $288,000 in revenue, Furniss said.
"I believe that as citizens scrimp and save and cut costs, so too must we as a government entity," said Furniss, a security guard for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Hale said, "I think our biggest issue is that we are landlocked. It creates issues because we can't expand in a lot of places."
As a result, the council needs to get creative and attract business to increase its tax base, said Hale, 46, a payroll administrator, adding, "I hope to make steps toward that."
But before getting specific, she said, she wants to hear from the residents as she takes her campaign from door to door.
"I would like to find out what the citizens of Sunset want to happen in the city," she said.
"The 1800 North (freeway off-ramp) is a big issue," said Snow, 34 and the owner of a small business. "The freeway off-ramp will change the whole face of Sunset."
Snow said all options need to be looked at to make room for the road widening, and state officials need to look at everyone affected by the project as individuals.
"I think in that sense there is going to be a lot of longtime residents who will be impacted and upset," Snow said.
Sunset must also live within its means, he said, and build reserves so it can apply for matching federal grants.