SOUTH WEBER -- Continued communication, snow removal, fire trucks and more commercial business is on the minds of this year's candidates.
Mayor Jeffrey G. Monroe, 59, said he feels communication and commitment between staff, city council and residents results in meeting the needs of the community and if re-elected he plans to continue along that path.
"This issue can be best resolved by working closer with all parties involved and establishing goals for the future and keeping focused in that direction in what our city needs," he said. "I think I am the best candidate because of my commitment to the city. I have a continued interest in keeping our South Weber progressive."
Monroe is running against Tamara P. Long.
Long, 52, said the city keeps increasing the budget expenses and expects the increasing of taxes and utilities to cover the additional debt.
"I will analyze the budget and re-prioritize the revenue to best benefit South Weber residents," she said.
As a longtime resident, Long said she has the best interests of the city in mind.
"I work part-time, which allows me the time to devote to the position of mayor, which is needed," she said.
City council candidates, for Election Day on Nov. 5, are newcomers Scott R. Casas, Marlene Poore and incumbents Farrell D. Poll and Joseph E. Gertge.
Casas, 52, said he would like to see an improvement in snow removal as well as new fire equipment.
"There are some days I can't get out of my subdivision because of the snow," he said. "I would also like to see the city get a new fire truck. The equipment is old, but we don't need to raise taxes. I do not want to see taxes raised at all. We have a firefighting fund set up so we should be able to accomplish that goal."
Casas has served on the alternative energy committee and has a background in business management.
Poore, 65, said she feels there are unnecessary costs and expenses in the budget which need to be cut back to keep the city out of debt and avoid tax increases.
"The revenue sources in South Weber are very limited and I would re-prioritize the revenue for needed repairs, upkeep of the parks and overall appearance of the city," she said. "I would re-evaluate the salaries and any other expenditures that appear excessive and make the necessary adjustments."
Poore is a retired budget and personal analyst for the national office of the Internal Revenue Service. She said she has the knowledge and skill to find ways to cut costs and monitor the budget.
"I am retired and can devote the attention needed for a city council position," she said.
Poll, 55, said the city needs more business and commercial presence in order to increase tax revenue. Many residents are happy with the quiet "bedroom" community, he said. However, they would still like to see a few basic retail services offered within the city.
"The second issue ties into the first. We do receive some revenue from the gravel pits which is a good thing. However, there are problems associated with them as well. The combination of canyon winds mixed with the by-products of gravel pit operations create dust hazards and other nuisances that adversely affect many residents."
Poll said he hasn't given up his goal of someday converting the pits into lakes, which would eliminate the dust problem and provide business opportunities at the same time. A sandy beach with walking and biking trails around the lake, wind surfing, small watercraft sports and other activities would create those opportunities, he said.
Poll has served 12 years in city government. He said it's important to look at both sides of every issue before coming to a decision.
Gertge, 65, said continuing to provide safe streets and utilities, good parks, trails and sports programs will make the city a greater place to live.
"To do so, we need to continue to support all the many volunteers and staff it takes to provide these services," he said. "It takes a lot of help from the community and their continued input to make it all happen. The challenge is to prioritize spending for all these services."
Gertge is a former South Weber mayor and has served on Clinton City and South Weber planning commissions.
"As a past mayor and current city council member, I understand the history, budget processes and needs of the city," he said. "We as a city have made many quality improvements to the infrastructure, have plans in place to move forward with park improvement and fire support equipment and I have the necessary vision to take citizen input and planning and prioritize those improvements as a city can afford."