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With few races contested, it may be a quiet Election Day in Farmington

Election Day in Farmington is expected to be relatively quiet despite some major issues facing the city as it heads into the next century.

The city is wrestling with the same growth problems that plague other cities along the Wasatch Front but some will have a more dramatic impact on Farmington.The Davis School District is looking at several sites in west Farmington for new schools, including the possibility of a new high school. And, the district has bought property on which it wants to build a school bus storage facility, hotly opposed by many city residents.

The city is losing one of its landmarks, the Utah State University Botanical Gardens on its north end, as UDOT plans to build a new highway interchange at Cherry Hills. That's just one of the open space issues the city has faced.

But the proposed Legacy Highway will have the largest impact. City leaders are weighing the merits of running the highway parallel to I-15 - and losing the city's new $750,000 public works building - or pushing it farther west and splitting the already highway-riddled city into even smaller pieces.

Mayor Greg Bell is running unopposed for a second term. Four candidates, including two incumbents, filed for the two open City Council seats but one withdrew, leaving three in contention and bypassing an October primary.

The remaining candidates are incumbents Tammy Boyce and David Connors; challenging is David Dixon, former chairman of the Planning Commission.

Tammy Boyce

Address: 11 E. 1420 South

Age: 41

Occupation: Homemaker

Experience: Incumbent City Council member, duties include Festival Days, Pioneer Holiday, Safety Committee, and senior citizen and recreation programs.

Why are you running? "When I decided to run four years ago I was interested in doing my part to maintain the quality of life I have enjoyed in Farmington. I have worked hard to educate myself during my term of office and listen to my constituents, which has enabled me to make valuable contributions relating to issues affecting our community."

What's the main issue facing the city? "We face the same challenges in Farmington as do the other cities along the Wasatch Front: Growth, and how that growth affects the city's infrastructure."

Are there enough parks and open space? "During the past four years we have dedicated two parks, purchased additional park land, and finished several sections of our trail system. This proactive approach will help to keep Farmington a step ahead of continuing growth."

How can the highway impacts be mitigated? "The city government and concerned citizens have already lessened the impact by becoming involved in the decision-making process and giving input as early as was possible. Continued city and citizen involvement will enhance communication and help to educate our residents concerning these projects."

And, what about property taxes? "During my term on the City Council we have worked to maintain an adequate level of services while living within our means."

David Connors

Address: 844 Emerald Oaks Court

Age: 45

Occupation: Attorney

Experience: Four years on the City Council; Farmington recreation advisory board; north area emergency preparedness coordinator; co-founder, trustee and coach of Farmington Area Baseball League.

Why are you running? "To have input into decisions that will affect our community for decades, particularly the effort to preserve open space, fight for the least intrusive location of highway projects, and requiring developers to be more responsible in planning developments with greater emphasis on preservation of open space."

What's the main issue facing the city? "Managing growth, especially acquisition and preservation of open space and working with (or, if necessary, against) the state in an effort to locate highway projects in the least intrusive areas."

Are there enough parks and open space? "No city has enough public open space and parks. We need to acquire or preserve as much open space as possible now before additional development locks us in."

How can the highway impacts be mitigated? "We need to be very active in making our city preferences known to UDOT and state legislators. We need to be effective lobbyists, supported by good consulting engineers so the state will pay attention to what we say."

And, what about property taxes? "There should be no need to raise property taxes. Two possible areas that might require consideration would be to accelerate enhancement of fire protection services or to acquire or preserve open space."

David Dixon

Address: 1047 N. 100 West

Age: 42

Occupation: Architect, Dixon & Associates

Experience: Farmington Planning Commission, 1992-'96, chairman, 1994-'96; city architectural committee, 1997; city board of adjustments, 1995; downtown redevelopment committee, 1995.

Why are you running? "I have enjoyed serving on the Planning Commission and feel that as an architect I have been able to make a difference in working to preserve Farmington's individuality."

What's the main issue facing the city? "Farmington will see considerable growth in the next few years. It is imperative that the city take the lead in preserving open space and promoting high-quality design that is in keeping with Farmington's character."

Are there enough parks and open space? "The city has acquired ground for new parks and needs to focus on ways to develop and maintain them without raising taxes. We need to continue to work on developing a few strategically located public trails to access the foothills and the west side of our city without overburdening the city with maintenance and liability issues or negatively impacting too many adjoining property owners."

How can the highway impacts be mitigated? "The city's general plan will have to be revamped and zoning modified. I feel we have an obligation to west-side residents to do all we can to maintain the rural atmosphere they expect and buffer them from these impacts where possible."

And, what about property taxes? "Our city fathers have been successful in running an efficient community government without large tax increases for many years. I would like to see that doesn't change."