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SALEM COUNCIL CANDIDATES AGREE ON KEY ISSUES

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The six candidates running for three Salem City Council seats generally agree that the key issue facing Salem in the coming years is growth and maintaining the quality of city services during this time of growth.

To expand and maintain city services, most candidates say the city needs a larger tax base. The city has a small business district and several candidates say steps need to be taken to attract more business to Salem. The main goal of several candidates is to attract a major grocery store to the city.Also, the famous Salem Pond is still an issue. More than one candidate says it's time to clean up the pond and make it a bigger asset to the city.

Noe E. Casalino, 31, Citizens Party, is married and a father of three children. He is a self-employed contractor, doing heating, plumbing, electrical and appliance repair work. He is a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in mechanical engineering. A native of Peru, Casalino served in the Persian Gulf for six months.

Casalino said attention needs to be given to annexation issues. He also said Salem is known for being a safe place to live and that it must remain that way.

"This feeling of security is something that cannot be bought, but always must be worked for," Casalino said.

Paul Tervort, 56, Citizens Party, is married and has six children. Tervort graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in botany and range science. He is a regional game manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources and plans to retire in January. He served on the City Council from 1986 to 1989.

Tervort said the city needs to increase its tax base by attracting light industrial business and a grocery store. Salem Pond needs cleaning and city services need to expand with growth, he said.

"We need to continue to upgrade the old sewer collection system and water lines," Tervort said.

Thomas L. Tolman, 45, Citizens Party, is married with four children. He attended Brigham Young University for three years majoring in English and communications. He works full time in military intelligence for the Utah Army National Guard. He was active in the Utah Democratic Party prior to being called to active duty in 1983.

If elected, Tolman said his main focus will be on attracting more business and industry to Salem. He will also encourage existing businesses to expand.

"We have got to do something to get more tax money for the city," Tolman said.

Mary Klug, Progressive Party, is married and is the mother of three children. Klug is a former respiratory therapist and graduated from the Indiana Vocational College. She has served on the career ladder review board for Nebo School District, has served as president and treasurer of the Salem PTA and directed the Salem Youth Talent Contest.

Klug said the city needs to develop more programs for the youth. She would also like to see the city help with scholarship programs for high school students. She said the most pressing issue facing Salem is growth.

"We must closely monitor growth and development," Klug said.

Jerry R. Lake, 49, Progressive Party, is married with four children. He is a retired disabled veteran from the U.S. Air Force. He has attended various business colleges for more than three years. Lake is an incumbent city councilman, appointed in 1989 to replace Randy Brailsford, who became mayor.

Lake said the city's services need to keep pace with growth. His main goal is for the city to obtain more water rights and to update its zoning. As councilman, Lake headed the construction of the foot bridge across Salem Pond, and he is pushing to obtain a federal grant to clean up the pond.

Michael L. Rawson, Progressive Party, is married with five children and has lived in Salem for 14 years. He received Distinguished Military Graduate honors from the University of Utah in 1973. He is still serving in the Army Reserve. He also earned a master's degree in administrative justice from Wichita State University. He works as director of support services for Intermountain Health Care's three local hospitals. Rawson is a past member of the Salem City Council.

Rawson said Salem needs to handle growth while continuing to maintain fiscal responsibility. He also said public safety should always be a concern and said his experience in that area could be helpful to the city.

"I understand the strengths and weaknesses of law enforcement as it relates to the smaller community," Rawson said.