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North S.L. poised to choose a new mayor on Election Day

Gravel pits, a west-side highway and a costly golf course are concerns mayoral and City Council candidates will have to face if elected.

The current City Council has addressed some recent complaints by erecting sound walls between noisy gravel pits and nearby residences.However, most candidates agree that traffic is a growing problem, particularly at U.S. 89 and Orchard Drive. The proposed West Davis/Legacy Highway may help, but some candidates oppose its construction unless the city is given access to it.

Another issue of interest to candidates is the creation and preservation of more green space. But most would not continue to subsidize the as-yet-unprofitable Eaglewood Golf Course.

Here's a brief look at the candidates:


Dean Davies

Address: 2 S. Fairway Drive

Age: 46

Occupation: Investment manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Experience: Member of the city Board of Adjustments; past member of the San Francisco Mayor's Fiscal Advisory Committee and the University of California at Berkley Economic and Real Estate Policy Advisory Board, among other business and ecclesiastical positions.

What can you bring to city government? Real estate, organizational management and financial expertise.

What does the city need? Effective growth management, a more aggressive roads program, better management of parks, and a more outspoken and participatory role in regional issues. He advocates the districting of City Council seats to allow better representation "at all levels of the city."

Traffic and noise: He would seek cooperation between gravel pit operators, the city, and the residents to obtain "absolute enforcement of all city codes" and require the gravel pits to operated during "more normal business hours." He supports the Legacy Highway as long as the city can participate in its design and location, and has access to it.

New developments: The city should ensure sufficient resources, such as water systems and transportation corridors, are in place to accommodate the desired residential growth.

The golf course: It's a "terrific asset," but "accountability should be placed upon the shoulders of those who manage the golf course."

Jim Dixon

Address: 777 Lacey Way

Age: 46

Occupation: Dixon & Associates business manager.

Experience: Two years on City Council; city Safety Committee.

What can you bring to city government? City government experience, commitment, business expertise and a "desire to serve the people."

What does the city need? To control the growth rate in residential areas, to address safety issues in developing areas (such as the need for more traffic signals and the widening or upgrading of roads), and to improve green spaces and add a hiking trail system.

Traffic and noise: He said the council is working with Salt Lake City on a gravel pit excavation master plan. One pit will complete excavation in three years and there are plans to move another farther south. He advocates a stronger police presence on U.S. 89 to make sure people are obeying traffic laws. He favors construction of the Legacy Highway farther west than it is currently proposed so that it won't cut through the city's business park.

New developments: Zoning ordinances should include requirements for landscaping, access roads, water sources and more open space.

The golf course: The city should fulfill its contractual obligation and continue to subsidize the golf course until it can support itself.

CITY COUNCIL (2 seats)

Kay Briggs

Address: 978 E. Eagle Way

Age: 53

Occupation: LDS Church director of printing services.

Experience: Chairman of Salt Lake City Housing Appropriations Panel; loaned executive for United Way Board; Deseret Book board of directors.

What can you bring to city government? Experience in business, civic and educational affairs.

What does the city need? Balanced residential and commercial growth; cooperation between residents and builders to "properly lay out and zone our city."

Traffic and noise: "I think there's much bigger concerns than the gravel pits," he said. He advocates connecting existing roads and placing additional stop lights to ease the flow at trouble spots.

New development and the golf course: The city should discuss the layout of new developments and the responsibility of builders to include, among other things, street lights and sidewalks. He's in favor of new parks and the golf course, but points out they come at a municipal cost. "I would hope the golf course would be fairly self-sustaining."

Paul Chavez

Address: 261 S. Centennial Drive

Age: 29

Occupation: Budget Rent-a-Car sales manager.

Experience: Past president P&M Trucking and CDFS Trucking; Center Street Beautification Project volunteer; two years as South Davis Baseball Association head coach; Army veteran.

What would you bring to city government? Business expertise, a diverse background and "a ton of energy."

What does the city need? Change. "City Council members that are willing to listen to the citizens on all issues and all parts of the city."

Traffic and noise: Traffic surveys should be taken to determine trouble spots and find alternative routes for trucks. The extension of Bountiful Boulevard into Salt Lake City and Legacy Highway would ease congestion.

New development and the golf course: The city should conduct proper research and planning for future developments that include provisions for traffic, sewer, and recreational systems. However, the golf course should receive "zero" funding. Better advertising could attract more patrons.

Nathan Hale

Address: 30 S. Fairway Drive

Age: 36

Occupation: Self-employed investment and insurance executive.

Experience: Mesa, Ariz., Mayor's Citizen Advisory Council and Provo city financial consultant.

What can you bring to city government? "The excitement and enthusiasm to get things done."

What does the city need? "To maintain a small-town atmosphere with big-city management and foresight" by properly managing public utilities and services without creating an excessive financial burden to the community.

Traffic and noise: He encourages the separation of the gravel pits from the residential neighborhoods by supporting private developers' efforts to purchase "buffer" space between the pits and new developments. He supports Legacy Highway.

Development and the golf course: The city should oversee the infrastructure needed to support new development. Open space and parks should also be created before "space is nonexistent," he said. It is essential that the golf course "turn a profit" and that it do so quickly.

Lew Jeppson

Address: 138 S. 350 East

Age: 51

Occupation: State Division of Public Utilities cost analyst.

Experience: Worked five years as epidemiologist for state Department of Health; college economics teacher.

What can you bring to city government? Cost analysis and computer expertise; public health background.

What does the city need? To conserve and create green space. "What parks and facilities we have aren't very well maintained," he said.

Traffic and noise: Trucks should enter the gravel pits from Salt Lake City's side to reduce congestion at Orchard Drive and U.S. 89. The gravel pits also need to be moved as far away from city limits as possible to minimize noise and vibrations to nearby residences. He supports building Legacy Highway as a toll road.

Development and the golf course: The city needs more parks and green space to improve its image and increase natural habitat. "The golf course should be self-sufficient."