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CANDIDATES IN SUNSET FOCUSING ON BEAUTIFICATION

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Enhancing the image of the city and beautifying and developing commercial areas are some of the challenges to be handled by winners of the Nov. 5 general election in Sunset.

Six candidates for City Council positions responded to questionnaires from the Deseret News.Janice Galbraith would like to get residents to take more pride in the community. She would work with businesses to encourage them to locate in Sunset, especially in many of the vacant commercial buildings now existing.

She believes city government should be more open, with more input from citizens and no closed-door meetings.

Galbraith, of 1973 N. 350 West, is non-foods manager for Winegar's Grocers. She has worked as a hostess for girls involved in the Miss Sunset Pageant and organized the Sunset Fun Days in 1989.

Ty Swenson believes the city has vacant commercial space available for new businesses and that city officials should be more visible and more involved with citizens.

He favors repealing the city franchise tax and backs efforts to clean up residential and commercial areas. Citizens should be more involved in city government, he said.

Married with five children, he lives at 1888 N. 200 West. He is a systems integrity specialist for Mountain Fuel Supply and has served on the Board of Adjustments, as past president of Toastmasters and as chairman of Sunset Fun Days.

James D. Bridges is committed to the beautification of Sunset, including installing or repairing sidewalks, upgrading the water and sewer systems and encouraging citizens to beautify their homes.

He promises to be a "voice for the citizens of Sunset." Communication is the key to a more effective city government, he believes. He also wants to provide the maximum value for each taxpayer's dollar by further revitalizing the business district and attracting new businesses.

Employed by Flameco/Barnes in the aerospace industry, he is married and has five children. He lives at 2547 N. 300 West and served as a Sunset city councilman, chairman of the Miss Sunset Pageant and liaison between the City Council and Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments. He has also worked on the Sunset Fun Days committee.

Carol E. Bellmon would work to enhance the image of Sunset by involving residents in neighborhood beautification efforts and promoting achievements of individuals and groups within the community.

Bellmon would like to see more efforts made in involving citizens in the governmental process. She supports an open-door policy and communication through newsletters and informal discussions of issues. She also supports a review of traffic along the major intersections of 250 West, where speed of vehicles along 1800 and 2300 North combines with increased congestion to create a dangerous situation.

Bellmon is director of the Weber County Senior Companion program for the Department of Aging. Married with two children, she lives at 353 W. 2250 North.

Scott D. Mikesell would work to replace curb and gutter and sidewalks where needed and to upgrade vacant lots.

An incumbent councilman, Mikesell would continue to upgrade sidewalks and water systems and would help people work to save the city's resources by recycling.

A sheet-metal planer at Hill Air Force Base, Mikesell is married with four children and 10 grandchildren.

Joyce Browning has lived in Sunset for 30 years and has seen many homes deteriorate, neglected by absentee owners. But, she said, she knows Sunset citizens are good and conscientious people and deserve to be proud of their town.

Having served on the City Council, she believes the greatest challenge is to keep the city attractive and productive because there is little room to expand. She said she would continue, by word and example, to encourage citizens and business owners to care for their property. She would continue to upgrade and beautify Main Street.

She supports the effort that resulted in Smith's locating in Sunset. Because of sales-tax revenue generated by businesses, Sunset was able to reduce property tax by half this year. As a council member, she was able to get a restrictive fire ordinance changed to allow retail businesses to occupy vacant buildings next to Winegar's. She said she was the only member of the council to vote against raising their pay.

Browning lives at 288 W. 1150 North and is a homemaker and businesswoman.