Some major changes in Kaysville's city government will follow this fall's election, with incumbent Mayor Brit Howard choosing not to run again and at least one new City Council member being elected.
Incumbent councilman Joe Hill is running for re-election, and fellow incumbent Darrell Horne is running for mayor. Horne, who has two years remaining in his council term, is being challenged by political newcomer H. Arthur Johnson for the mayor's seat.One incumbent, Craig Taylor, is not running for re-election.
Seven candidates filed for the two City Council seats coming open, and the slate was narrowed to four in the Oct. 5 primary.
Horne and Johnson are both retired businessmen, Horne from US WEST and Johnson from a career as an aerospace engineer.
"I believe the city should plan and control development. I am very appreciative of the quality of life we have in Kaysville, and I am dedicated to maintaining the secure lifestyle we presently enjoy," said Horne, who calls himself a fiscal conservative.
Johnson favors working to fill the city's new business and industrial park in addition to carrying out the city's general plan for development while maintaining the "integrity and special atmosphere of Kaysville."
"Having raised my family in Kaysville with its great quality of life, I will work to maintain this special quality so that all of our present and future citizens can have the same opportunity," Johnson said.
In addition to Hill, the council candidates are Bob Rees, Douglas Rogers and Stephen Whitesides.
Hill, an agribusinessman, is running for his second term on the council and wants to reactivate neighborhood planning districts to increase citizen participation in Planning Commission and City Council decisions.
"I want to see more recreational facilities developed," Hill said. "During the past year, we have instigated a youth city council organization, which I feel will be a great asset in planning future youth related activities."
Rees, an attorney and former planning district committee member, said the city needs to plan for growth and development, not simply react to it. He favors more aggressive economic development efforts.
Rees said he would also like to see a greater commitment to parks, bike and other trails, and other recreational developments.
Rogers is a retired businessman and former city judge, a 15-year Kaysville resident.
"Our city is in the midst of great expansion," Rogers said. "Long-range plans must be developed to maintain our quality lifestyle and remain financially sound."
Whitesides is a retired elementary school principal and current chairman of the city's library board. He has also served on the city's board of adjustments and recreation committee.
"Kaysville has been well-run by dedicated citizens," Whitesides said. "This should continue. I support orderly, sensible residential and commercial growth. The city needs to be prudent as revenues are spent to provide services to the citizens."