FRUIT HEIGHTS -- Two mayoral candidates and four council candidates want to preserve the city's community atmosphere and keep the budget in check, but each has his or her own ideas of how to do so.
Running for mayor are Eileen Moss and Don Carroll, both of whom are currently on the city council.
Moss, 55, has served the city in various capacities while living in Fruit Heights for 34 years.
"I strongly believe in community service, not just talking about it or expecting somebody else to do it," she said.
Moss said she's mindful of how residents want their dollars spent. "We have to be very careful how we spend our money and not let anything slip past us that is not funded in advance.
"I do my homework, researching and asking a lot of questions in council meetings."
In past projects, Moss said, because the council didn't ask all the right questions, things slipped by that caused a lot of problems afterwards.
Carroll, 52, said he wants to continue seeing the city move forward by keeping the budget low and making plans for the future.
"After being on the council and seeing how it runs, I want to make sure we have the same leadership to keep things going," he said. "That is one of the beauties of our community. There is not a cry for a real change, just mostly keep the same status quo."
As a business owner building custom homes, Carroll feels his experience would continue to help the city.
"We need to make sure we are planning ahead for our infrastructure that is aging, and make sure we can afford to make the needed improvements."
Julia Busche, Scott Nielson, Scot Poole and John Whitchurch are all running in the hopes of filling one of two available council seats.
Busche, 46, wants to serve residents by preserving the city's beautiful places.
"Preserving open space is vital to our quality of life," said Busche, who would like to make sure the city, with little land left on which to build, is careful in controlling its growth.
"I support the proposed cemetery, as it will help preserve 100 acres of open space and fulfill an important need of our residents."
Busche said another big issue the city is facing is the small commercial tax base. "It is crucial that our residents' taxes are well-managed."
Nielson, 39, would like to see some voices on the council representing residents west of U.S. 89.
As a patent attorney, Nielson is familiar with the legal process, which he said would be useful when making decisions that affect the city.
"Fruit Heights is a relatively small municipality that has largely been run well in the past," he said.
"I am a strong supporter of individual property rights but would also like to see the city do as much as possible to develop walking and biking trails for the citizens, including the trails in Bear Hollow."
Poole, 56, has been a resident of Fruit Heights for 30 years and has spent time serving the city in recreation sports and city committees.
His goals include keeping the city fiscally sound and making sure the priorities of the residents are heard.
"I want to provide a good opportunity for our children and their children in terms of a well-managed government," Poole said.
As a small-business owner, Poole is familiar with dealing with customers. "Today, I feel that we can do better in managing our resources and in planning for the future needs of our citizens."
Whitchurch, 65, has spent years serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and, as a businessman, has harbored a keen interest in government.
"Fruit Heights is blessed with no debt, and I want to serve in such a way that we can keep our city functioning at a top level with minimal impact on citizens and services," he said. "We need to watch very carefully where we get funds and spend money."
Whitchurch has had experience managing multimillion-dollar projects in both of his careers. However, he said the city needs to balance managing the funds with meeting the needs of all citizens.