Redevelopment of the city's business districts and beautification of the city are issues facing candidates in Clearfield. The 10 hopefuls agree the city needs to increase its tax base and improve its image in light of the closures of several businesses over the past few years, and several offer ways to do it.
Keith C. Warner wants to actively participate in determining the direction the city takes to provide work opportunities, services, better education for children, business attraction and community beautification and pride.The Clearfield Redevelopment Agency should expand its function to grantsmanship writing to create new sources of financing. It should also go in with the Business and Economic Division of the state to spotlight the city as an ideal location for the establishment of new businesses.
Clearfield should further develop a beautification program to improve the principal business district. Incentives need to be developed to activate some of the slower business locations in the city, he said.
To attract new business, Clearfield should employ the judicious use of tax-increment financing. The city should also encourage the Legislature to enact a new bonding law to replace the one ending this year to assist cities in helping new business find viable, creative financing, Warner said.
The major issue facing elected officials in Clearfield is creating new revenue sources instead of taxing people. Broadening the revenue base by attracting new businesses to the Freeport Center will help accomplish this goal.
Warner, 544 Barlow St., is married and has four children. He has been Lion's Club secretary, a state senator, a member of the Great Salt Lake Commission and chairman of legislative committee on higher education.
David Michael Jones is seeking office to become a leader in the future of northern Davis County by setting standards in business opportunities, maintaining quality in community services and better quality of life for all north Davis residents and becoming a strong voice in improving county services to cities.
He believes the Clearfield Redevelopment Agency should meet more regularly, get more citizen involvement in utilizing businesses already established.
He favors increasing the shopper base in Clearfield and city incentives for new businesses.
Jones feels the major issue facing Clearfield elected officials is involving more residents and the business community in community affairs.
Jones, 673 W. 650 North, is married and has six children. He is an institutional and industrial cleaning products representative for Thatcher Co. Although he is a newcomer to politics, he said he has experience working with cities, selling products.
Leo W. Eastman II said he has a desire to serve the community and to see Clearfield go from "good to better." He said " good redevelopment action is one that promotes businesses that can serve the needs of the people, not necessarily to compete, except with other cities, but to enhance the available services in the area."
To improve its image, Clearfield should bring in new and pace-setting businesses, he said. "Also, as each citizen develops a better self-image of the city, the feeling will be transferred to others in surrounding cities, and they will come to realize and better respect the potential of our city."
Eastman said Kay Chandler (city director of economic development) is doing "an excellent job of helping bring businesses to Clearfield . . . . I think the wheel of successful business attraction has started to roll with the new grocery store coming. It will help others to take a better look at Clearfield as a possible business site."
The major tasks of elected officials, he said, is to "keep the momentum going, encourage enthusiasm and solve problems in a concise and efficient manner."
Eastman, 1190 W. 550 North, is married and has four children. He is employed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a former small-business owner and small-business manager. He has served in leadership positions in the American Rental Association of Utah and is active in his church.
Laren "Larry" Livingston said he wants to reduce government and oppose public funding for a Clearfield golf course.
He has supported petition drives for property tax initiatives, elimination of food taxes, liquor reform to eliminate confusing liquor laws and term limitation.
He said he was told by a current council member that the purpose of the Redevelopment Agency is to bring in more business and reduce taxes. "That sounded good, but now (the agency) is trying to put in a golf course at taxpayers' expense, which I oppose."
Clearfield can improve its image by reducing its "recreational deficits" and avoiding giving preference to any church or other organization, a practice the city has admitted it has been engaging in for years, he said.
The city should spend more money for better roads instead of recreation. "Remove the franchise tax and realize that, although we can attract some commercial business on Main Street, the Freeport Center will probably always be Clearfield's best hope for bringing in new business."
The question facing elected officials, said Livingston, is: "Do we continue to subsidize some people's recreational activities, or do we work for lower taxes and to promote more business which will benefit everyone?"
Livingston, 1200 S. 1500 East No. 1095, is single and works as an accountant.
Paul E. Poorte is seeking a council seat because he feels he can assist the city in maintaining the direction it is presently going. He said he believes those who are serving on the council are doing a fine job.
The actions and direction of the Redevelopment Agency to entice and aid new businesses are right in line with what Clearfield needs. He advocates continuing to develop the city's beautification program to improve its image and attract new business and residents.
Major issues facing elected officials, besides redevelopment and city beautification are "no unnecessary tax increases, wise spending and use of city funds, and efficient and productive city employees," he said.
Poorte is active in youth groups, including Cub and Boy Scouts and youth soccer. He has served on a community information panel, researching the feasibility of a burn plant in Clearfield.
Poorte is married and has two daughters. He has lived in Clearfield for 17 years and currently resides at 93 S. 350 East.
Donald M. Ormsby said he wants to assist Clearfield in meeting the challenges it faces with growth and development. He believes the city should work more closely with citizens and business to quickly improve Clearfield's business district.
He believes Clearfield can "clean up its image by cleaning up the downtown area and encouraging better cooperation among business, citizens and city government.
To attract new business, the city should increase beautification efforts downtown and ask state officials to lower the speed limit in the business area.
Re-establishing the public trust in the City Council and the office of city manager is the main issue facing public officials, he believes.
Ormsby is married and has two sons. He owns a Baskin-Robbins outlet and is a school-bus driver. He is a former member of the city Planning Commission and chairman of the Clearfield Board of Adjustments.
H. Keith Stephenson, an incumbent and chairman of the city's Redevelopment Agency, said he would like to continue " to serve and work for the citizens to complete projects and programs that will benefit all our citizens."
He said he believes the RDA should be very ambitious in attracting new business and should also help the existing businesses succeed with the same opportunities. "As a new business comes to Clearfield and the citizens are able to purchase in Clearfield what they need, Clearfield will improve its image."
The city can attract new business because of its lower tax rate, available site locations, ability to provide all services and other benefits. The major issue facing elected officials, Stephenson said, is providing the services needed for citizens without tax increases due to continually increasing costs to the city that are beyond its control.
Stephenson, a retired businessman, is semi-active in construction and land development. He is the father of four children and lives at 817 E. 450 South. He has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club and on the board of directors of the Council on Aging, the planning commission and infrastructure committee.
Diane Layton said the major issue is economic development. "For some time now, I have been concerned about the economic vitality of Clearfield. Recently I have observed some bright spots on Clearfield's economic horizon," she said. New business are moved into the city, and beautification efforts are "pleasantly noticeable."
Her short-term goals would be focused around the ability of the community to seek desirable economic revitalization in the commercial area that would not place a burden on the citizens. In the long run, she advocates growth to replace a large portion of the tax burden shared by citizens.
"I care for the people of Clearfield and their burden of paying taxes. I care for the city employees and their burden of providing services that in most cities would cost considerably more. I care for our businesses and the struggle that they have to provide for our needs."
Layton is a teacher assistant for Davis School District and works with special education students at North Davis Junior High. She has served on the city beautification committee. Married with four children, she has been active in youth organizations as teacher and sports coach.
James R. Judd is also concerned about the city's economic health. The Redevelopment Agency needs to revitalize downtown business areas of Clearfield along State Street, he said. Clearfield can improve its image through continuing efforts of the beautification committee and economic development.
To attract new business, the city needs to promote the quality of life available in Clearfield with the infrastructure in place. It also needs to provide support for those businesses and the employees who will work there.
The major issue facing elected officials is continued economic development to balance the taxation level with the need to provide essential services to the citizens.
"My belief is elected officials have responsibility to be well-informed with facts and desires of constituents to make effective decisions that will move the city forward. I have had opportunities in the past to represent my peers in the fire service, and I wish to be an active participant in my community," Judd said.
Judd, 717 W. 700 North, is married and has six children. He is a battalion chief for the Ogden City Fire Department. He has served as vice chairman of the board of the Ogden Municipal Employees Credit Union, and as president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Utah.