In the race for Ogden City Council, Ward 1, the Standard-Examiner Editorial Board recommends a vote for incumbent Neil Garner.
Garner has done a commendable job serving on the city council. He understands that Ogden city cannot put off repairs and upgrading -- as it did with its water pipes -- any more. He supports the common-sense idea of having the city's master plan make sure that replacements and upgrades to city projects and infrastructure are planned well in advance. That, he adds, includes making sure that reserves are set for repairs and that appropriate bonding is done for larger city projects.
In regards to revitalizing Ogden, in its residential and business areas, Garner understands that recruiting businesses, small and large, is easier if the communities are safer. He favors design standards for future developments that mandate better quality buildings and more attractive neighborhoods. Garner also wants to see established, older Junction City neighborhoods become more attractive. He favors unit reduction efforts to get homes that have been split into units back to their original intention, which was a family home.
On transportation, he believes, correctly, that demand will increase over time. He wants to address the transportation needs as they exist but to also maintain a master plan that will anticipate the increased demand and outline ways to meet those needs as they arrive. He understands that attitudes shift over time, as do budget opportunities.
Keeping an eye to Ogden's future needs is Garner's passion. Residents know that with him on the council, he's not only looking out for Junction City today, he's thinking about its needs far into the future.