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With its rapid growth, Draper is in a transition stage in which newcomers and short-term residents are beginning to outnumber natives and long-time residents.

Similarly, a shift in city politics appears to be in the making. This could be the year the "old guard" gives way to the new generation of Draper residents.Three candidates who've lived in Draper a combined total of eight years - Doug Bedke, Summer Pugh and Bruce Ryman - are among the six candidates vying for three City Council seats in the Nov. 7 general election. The trio, aligned under the "Stop the Madness" banner and riding a platform of managed growth and resident involvement, helped oust incumbents Jeff Rasmussen and Clair Huff in the primary election.

"We don't really say it's old vs. new, young vs. old. It's pretty much people wanting a more responsive government," Ryman said. "And maybe it's just time for a change."

Bedke finished first in the primary, followed by Planning Commission member Lyn Kimball - labeled by Stop the Madness as a protector of the status quo. Lloyd Sutcliffe, at that time also a member of the coalition, finished third, followed by Ryman, Pugh and Planning Commission member Melanie Dansie.

Stop the Madness would need to capture all three seats to control the five-member council.

Following the primary, some supporters suggested that one of the coalition candidates should drop out of the race so votes wouldn't be split among the four, and the group would have a better shot at a 1-2-3 sweep. None were willing, but Sutcliffe eventually left the coalition in part because he didn't agree with the group's contention that some current council members have too many "conflicts of interest" to serve effectively. Sutcliffe is still on the ballot and hopes his split with the coalition will help more than hurt.

Stop the Madness candidates back a six-point platform that calls for a halt to high-density development, wants commercial enterprises kept out of residential areas and speaks of returning "city control back to the citizens." Critics, like Mayor Elaine Redd, say coalition candidates may be in for a surprise if elected.

"I believe they may be going into it with a little bit of a naive attitude about what they may be able to and not be able to do once they get on the council," Kimball agreed.

"We'll definitely learn as we go. We'll be the first to admit that," Ryman said.

By supporting the coalition, voters delivered a message in the primary. Kimball said the group's popularity has caused him to give more thought to the concerns they have raised.

"I think it's caused all of us to re-evaluate what's going on and how we can take care of the significant problems we have with respect to growth," he said.

Here is a brief summary of the candidates and their views:

Doug Bedke

Address: 13933 Maple Hollow Circle

Age: 41

Occupation: Self-employed civil engineer

Experience: Member of Draper Board of Adjustment

Why candidate is running: "To give people an opportunity to have their voice," Bedke said. "I don't have experience on the Planning Commission or whatever, but I think someone without that experience maybe can see the forest without being in the trees."

How candidate would handle the city's rapid growth: "I think there's a misconception that Stop the Madness is for stopping growth. We aren't against growth. We want to manage growth," Bedke said. "In controlling it, I think we need more citizen input. I favor citizen advisory groups, a large number of them, so individual citizens within their neighborhoods can give input to the master plan and further define and `ratify' it through this process of citizen involvement."

What the city needs most: "I think it needs a community that pulls together," he said. "It all comes back to citizen involvement and being able to listen to citizens and valuing the input that citizens have."

Other concerns, goals: The city must begin to think about preventing youth crime, Bedke said. "I don't think we have that big of a problem in Draper yet but it's probably on the way and needs to be addressed," he said. "I think we need to have some larger parks for soccer fields, baseball fields and football fields, and I would support those (being located adjacent to) schools."

Melanie Dansie

Address: 13487 S. Fort St.

Age: 37

Occupation: Mother to four children

Experience: Served on Draper Planning Commission for six years including 2 1/2 years as chairwoman, served on city's Strategic Planning Committee, represented Draper on Jordan School District's Jordan High School Site Selection Committee.

Why candidate is running: "I'm a community involved citizen and many, many residents have asked me to run and represent the city," Dansie said. "We have a unique community made up of all walks of life, and I just want to preserve that."

How candidate would handle the city's rapid growth: Dansie said the city is headed in the right direction and the council simply needs to "dot all the `i's and cross all the `t's, and make sure all the rules are being followed." She said she would make sure the city's subdivision ordinance and other laws regulating development are updated often because "having a plan set in stone is not being open-minded and (she believes in) looking at all the facts so every development stands on its own."

What the city needs most: "Funds set aside to acquire more park space and to adopt the trails plan," she said. "More and more of our open space is being eaten up by development, and we need to step up and say, `This is important' and take action."

Other concerns, goals: "Better communication with citizens and letting people understand what's happening in their backyards so they're well aware of the planning process," Dansie said.

Lyn Kimball

Address: 600 E. 11800 South

Age: 62

Occupation: Chemist for his own company, Kimball Laboratories and Consulting

Experience: Has served on Draper Planning Commission since 1994 including a yearlong stint as chairman.

Why candidate is running: "Mainly, some friends from various parts of the community asked me to run," Kimball said. "And I believe I do have something to offer the city in the way of bona fide service."

How candidate would handle the city's rapid growth: "Basically, it's going through the process of holding the appropriate public hearings, getting citizen input and trying to ascertain all the facts we can," Kimball said. "The process is in place." He noted that the city's master plan is currently under revision. "We're still working on it," he said. "I recognize there are one or two areas in the city, particularly on the west-side frontage road, where we have concerns about proposed commercial (development) next to residential, so we have to look at that."

What the city needs most: "I feel there is sufficient concern on the part of citizens that we need to make an effort for the citizens to have more access, if you will, to City Hall, Planning and Zoning (Commission), City Council and staff," Kimball said.

Other concerns, goals: Kimball wants the city to be more aggressive in acquiring open space for parks and trails. "Also, I want to do what I can to help people have confidence in their city government."

Summer Pugh

Address: 13491 S. 1300 East

Age: 38

Occupation: Home manager, mother to eight children

Experience: Former Republican Party district chairwoman and delegate to Salt Lake County and state GOP conventions.

Why candidate is running: "Because I want to make a difference in Draper," Pugh said. "I feel that citizens are being ignored, and I want to be able to put them first."

How candidate would handle the city's rapid growth: "The first thing I would do is ask the citizens of the community what they want. `Do you want large lots? Do you want six units to an acre?' If they want large lots, let them have large lots," Pugh said. "Communities have a right to set development standards."

What the city needs most: "I'd like to see neighborhood committees," Pugh said. "You're looking at citizens who feel like they're ignored. I think the best thing we could do to help repair and heal the relationship between the council and citizens is to form neighborhood committees where you have one or two people from a geographic area coming and meeting with the City Council."

Other concerns, goals: Pugh said she'd like to see Draper's first public swimming pool built in a central location rather than on South Mountain as is planned. She isn't sure Draper needs a new City Hall and wants residents to decide whether that should happen or if the current building should be remodeled.

Bruce Ryman

Address: 14017 S. Osborne Lane

Age: 37

Occupation: Sales representative for Osram Sylvania Inc

Why candidate is running: "Out of a concern about the growth that Draper has experienced and a feeling that it's not being managed as adequately as it should be," Ryman said.

How candidate would handle the city's rapid growth: "We plan to look long and hard at all the ordinances and enforce them if they're not being enforced, especially pertaining to building," he said. "We also want expanded citizen input, and want to look at the master plan and come up with some more detail with it so it's not so changeable, so it's a little more set in some aspects."

What the city needs most: "I think the city needs to return to being responsive to the citizens, create more avenues through which people can have input," he said. "Right now there's not a good format for that. There needs to be an arbitration board or some process where citizens who have an issue with the city or a developer can come in and resolve these things on a mutually beneficial basis instead of having something shoved down their throats because they missed a meeting or weren't as prepared as the developer."

Other concerns, goals: "One of our main goals is to set up the neighborhood groups," he said. "Then, when we have hot topics and issues of great concern we'll be able to turn that question back to the neighborhood groups and ask them to bring feedback back to us. We're trying to make it a little bit easier to talk to City Hall."

Lloyd Sutcliffe

Address: 13509 S. 1300 East

Age: 65

Occupation: Retired. Owned and operated Green Trees Nursery in Draper for 18 years until 1984

Why candidate is running: "Because I think the people need a bigger voice in Draper city government."

How candidate would handle the city's rapid growth: "You can't stop it, all you can do is control it the best you can, and try to get the transportation and water and all the utilities working efficiently," Sutcliffe said. "The master plan probably needs a little more input from the neighborhood advisory groups."

What the city needs most: "We're developing a tax base, but we're hurting for finances right now," he said. "I think we do need to develop an industrial park in a certain section of town that would not interfere with residential areas."

Other concerns, goals: Sutcliffe is the only candidate in the race to consistently mention water - availability, delivery systems and the quality of - as a chief concern and an area in which the city needs to do more planning. He also feels the city's new subdivisions do not include enough through streets and believes traffic congestion will only get worse unless a different approach is taken in future developments. "They are funneling their traffic down into the older city and it's really causing a lot of traffic problems," he said.



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