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Top Clearfield issues are finances, zoning

Clearfield has approved the plan to build a new public safety/administration building and a railroad overpass at 200 South. What residents still need to vote on is how they will pay for these projects.

Candidates for office are generally in favor of using a general obligation bond to help pay for the construction projects. City officials estimate such a bond can save the city as much as $4 million.Political hopefuls are also denouncing additional apartment developments, saying the city's remaining property should be zoned for more single-family dwellings and businesses.

Here's a brief look at the candidates:

MAYOR

Neldon E. Hamblin

Address: 718 W. 450 North

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired from Hill Air Force Base

Family: Wife, Bon-nie, six sons and 28 grandchildren

Political and government experience: Incumbent mayor of Clearfield for 16 years. Served two terms on the City Council; co-chairman of the Utah Department of Transportation Joint Highway Committee, member for 10 years.

Community involvement: Coached Little League baseball, football and basketball for 15 years, member of Weber State University/Davis Steering Committee; chairman of the board of trustees for Davis Hospital and Medical Center and member of the state River Way Enhancement Advisory Council.

Important issues facing the city: The new overpass will close one of the deadliest railroad crossings in the state, provide direct access to downtown and give the community an economic boost, said Hamblin. Also on his agenda are maintaining crime prevention programs, a continuous review of expenditures to ensure minimum taxation and promoting using the general obligation bond to pay for the overpass. He said that will cost the city $2.8 million less than a lease revenue bond.

Why should people vote for you? Hamblin said he has integrity, experience and leadership to bring to the city, and his association with other communities is an asset to Clearfield.

Thomas Waggoner

Address: 221 S. 700 East

Age: 53

Occupation: Civil service - U.S. Air Force

Family: Wife, Joan, four children and seven grandchildren.

Political and government experience: Served on the Clearfield City Council for four years.

Community involvement: Explorer post adviser, worked for the Boy Scouts for 10 years, member of the National High School Federation for five years.

Important issues facing the city: "Seventy-five to 80 percent of our usable land has been used. I wouldn't want to see any more land rezoned for apartments. I would rather see single-family dwellings or businesses." He said the city should increase the ratio of police officers and firefighters to the population, be aggressive in attracting businesses, foster more communication with citizens and hold town meetings on a regular basis.

Why should people vote for you: "My theme is a new leadership for a new century. The current mayor has served four terms. I've lived in Clearfield for 42 years. We need to move forward, get the town revitalized, get in some new ideas."

CITY COUNCIL (2 seats)

Ivan D. Anderson

Address: 254 N. 1250 West

Age: 54

Occupation: Engineer at Alliant Techsystems, an aerospace business

Family: Wife, Diana, four children and four grandchildren.

Political and government experience: Served on Clearfield Planning Commission for five years, as chairman one year; City Council for seven years; representative for the North Davis County Sewer District nine years, now the chairman for the board of trustees.

Community involvement: Scout leader and worked on numerous boards for the Boy Scouts for 15 years; was in stake presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Important issues facing the city: Anderson wants to see quality homes and businesses placed on the city's remaining land, more support for public safety departments, additional full-time firefighters and completion of the 200 South overpass. "We have been told by the city that there will be no increase in tax for this, but if we fall short in money, I would not vote for a tax increase," he said.

Why should people vote for you? "I can bring past experience, I know the system, there will be no training period."

James W. Barlow

Address: 1203 Valhalla Drive

Age: 47

Occupation: Investment consultant at Zions Investments Securities.

Family: Wife, Barbara, and seven children

Political and government experience: No previous experience.

Community involvement: Chairman for the Arrowhead district of the Trappers Trails Council; member of the TTC investment endowment committee for seven years; former president of the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce; taught investment classes at BYU's Education Week for the past nine years.

Important issues facing the city: "Redevelopment of downtown Clearfield. We really need to make it more appealing, attract businesses, bring in more sales tax and make it possible that property taxes will not go up," said Barlow. He is in favor of using the general obligation bond to pay for the 200 South overpass and the new Justice Center.

Why should people vote for you? "My expertise in financial matters, thorough understanding of bonds and financing public affairs will help me better serve the city and I'll listen to the citizens who want to give their input."

Martin Eliason

Address: 1288 W. 75 North

Age: 43

Occupation: Real estate broker for Wal-don-wood Realty

Family: Wife, Wendy, and four children

Political and government experience: Currently serving on the City Council, finishing up his first term. Served on the Clearfield City Board of Adjustments for 10 years."

Community involvement: Served on the board of directors for the Greater Ogden Area Association of Realtors, member of the North Davis Chamber of Commerce for one year and member of the century club for the Boy Scouts of America.

Important issues facing the city: Eliason lists preserving the remaining vacant ground through proper planning and preservation and using some of the remaining property for larger homes, open space, parks and a trail system. He also said the city needs to build the new public safety and administration building and rejuvenate the downtown Clearfield shopping district.

Why should people vote for you? "With 19 years of experience in real estate working with builders, I can help Clearfield accomplish its developmental goals. We need some continuity on the City Council. I can help train and work with the new council members to keep us on track."

Paul E. Poorte

Address: 865 S. 1650 East, No. C

Age: 47

Occupation: Self-employed electrical contractor

Family: Wife, Deanna, six children and five grandchildren

Political and government experience: Served on the City Council from 1992 to 1995 and on community committee to examine the feasibility of a burn plant in Clearfield.

Community involvement: Former member of Clearfield Beautification Committee and Shade Tree Committee, former assistant soccer coach, Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader for eight years.

Important issues facing the city: The city should not rezone commercial land for apartments, said Poorte. He is in favor of the 200 South overpass, the new justice complex, continuing the city's emergency preparedness plan and the city's beautification program and wise management of the city's finances.

Why should people vote for you? "I have served on the City Council and felt I was effective. I am a business owner, I believe the city should be run like a business. Clearfield residents are thrifty and I am thrifty and can make level-headed decisions."