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Ash says he'll keep fighting to keep town's quality of life

Mayor Lloyd Ash doesn't mind splitting his time between his business, ASHROSS, and the city of Pleasant Grove.

He doesn't mind the phone calls or the on-street chats as he's stopped by resident after resident.He does hate riding in parades.

If Ash had his way, mayors would stay pretty much in the back-ground and just do the job. "I don't like the notoriety, if you will, if that's what it's called.

"There's a lot of stress that goes with this but I have a desire to serve and I love the community. I certainly don't do it for the money. Who would?"

Ash believes in the quality of life offered by Pleasant Grove and said people move in not for what the city will become but for what it already is.

"We want to be sure we protect that quality."

A machinery manufacturer by trade and an inventor who recently came up with an unloader system that can dump 25 tons of material at a time for airport runway or road construction, the 59-year-old mayor is married to a hometown girl and has three children and three grandchildren.

He says the grandchildren are his hobby.

When he has any spare time (there hasn't been much over the past 14 years), he and his wife like to travel.

But his chief hobby is seeing to the operation of Pleasant Grove, grown from a population of around 10,000 in the 1970s to nearly 20,000 today.

As Pleasant Grove faces the challenges that beset a growing community without the benefit of a large commercial tax base, Ash has watched himself become very conservative.

"Pleasant Grove hasn't had the same money that other communities have had. Look at the budget for American Fork and ours. The challenge has been to give the citizens the infrastructure and services they require with less money. Oh boy, I'd say we've been working at it.

"Give me four more years and I think we'll have it right on balance."

Ash is running for a second term. Earlier, he put in 10 years as a member of the City Council.

He's fairly worried about turning over some pet projects whose importance might not be understood by a new mayor.

However, he is convinced that whatever occurs, the community will survive and thrive.

"The strength of the community lies in the quality of the citizens, their willingness to volunteer their services.

"The same attitude prevails among the city employees, just a willingness to go the second mile."