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Mayor's role, council-board ties among key issues in Springville

The line of demarcation has been drawn between the Citizen's and Progressive parties in this election.

Both parties agree the No. 1 and No. 2 issues are the need for a commercial tax base and controlled growth. They agree with the new general plan, but they disagree on how the city should be run and how the finances should be kept in check.It is no secret to Springville residents that this election will determine many aspects for the city, including the possibilities of a full-time mayor or city administrator. It may also define how the new City Council works with other advisory boards.

Councilmen Glade Creer and Gordon Smith chose not to seek re-election.

The council and mayoral seats are held by members of the Progressive Party. The Citizen's Party candidates say the city should move in a new direction. That new direction will be one of leadership and organizational changes; budgetary changes and accountability to Springville residents.

On the other hand, the Progressive council candidates, while agreeing on the need for a fresh approach, are confident the city is on stable ground. Although it may need to restructure its leadership, the city doesn't need a full-time mayor or administrator, they say.

These issues not only show the differences between parties but also conflict with the Progressive's mayoral candidate Calvin Bird, who as a councilman has called for a full-time administrator or mayor for more than a year.

Because there are chasms of differences between the parties, this election has been filled with charges of unfair campaigning and other mudslinging. These innuendos and accusations have not necessarily brought by the candidates themselves, but by their supporters.

(Information on mayoral candidates Calvin Bird, Harold Wing and David Fuller was published Oct. 21. More will be printed Sunday.)

CITY COUNCIL

Dianne C. Carr

Party: Progressive

Address: 195 E. Center.

Age: 53

Occupation: Self-employed - consultant dietitian to five health-care facilities.

Experience: Vice president of board of trustees for the Springville Museum of Art; county and state Republican Party delegate and officer at district level; Neighborhood Advisory committee.

How would you, as a council member, propose to keep a check on city spending? "First of all, the city budget is audited by a CPA firm and also by the state of Utah on a regular basis. There has never been a question, to my knowledge, that city funds are being misappropriated. Since there are always limited financial resources, there will always be concerns about how funds are allocated. I believe that making decisions about use of resources and making certain that all funds are disbursed appropriately is one of the main areas of responsibility for the City Council."

Is it time for Springville to have a full-time mayor or full-time city administrator? "I think the time has come to examine other possibilities for making city government more efficient and effective. I'm not certain yet if we need a city manager, but I would like to explore the possibility of a change in the management structure of the city. At this point, I am not personally in favor of a full-time mayor. I like the position of mayor being open to a wide variety of citizens in the community."

As a council member, what do you believe your responsibility to advisory boards and committees in the city will be? "The council should seek individuals with expertise, talent and wisdom to serve on the various boards and commissions and then give very serious consideration to their recommendations. Of course, the final vote must rest with someone, and our city has determined this governing body should be the City Council."

Steve Curtis

Party: Citizen's

Address: 371 N. 300 West

Age: 53

Occupation: Plant manager at Cubco (concrete products)

Experience: Springville City Planning Commission, four years, and served as chairman; Springville Board of Adjustments, two years.

How would you as a council member propose to keep a check on city spending? "By making sure every department head stays within their budget. And have a full-time mayor or city manager to follow the money budgeted."

Is it time for Springville to have a full-time mayor or city manager? "Yes. We need some one full time to watch over the city's $22 million to $26 million budget."

As a council member, what do you believe your responsibility to the advisory boards and committees in the city will be? "The Planning Commission and other advisory groups are part of a large volunteer group. They are made up of people from all over the city. My responsibility is to listen and act on their advise."

Keri Lynne Gordon

Party: Citizen's

Address: 1615 S. 350 East

Age: 37

Occupation: Self-employed, owner of Breathe Easy Inc., home respiratory care.

Experience: President, Springville Area Chamber of Commerce; Economic Development committee.

How would you as a council member propose to keep a check on city spending? "I will be given specific duties as well as assignments to be involved with specific departments. In this capacity it will be my obligation to increase the communication between that department (and council). Only through open and honest communication can we know as a community where the money is, how it is being spent, or if it is being spent wisely. It has to be my concern to utilize every citizen dollar to its fullest capacity."

Is it time for Springville to have a full-time mayor or city manager? Springville deserves someone full time. I believe it is an advantage to have a full-time mayor with perhaps a part-time city manager to assist in the research and running of the day-to-day activities. Springville has too many issues at hand to run efficiently with a part-time mayor."

As a council member, what do you believe your responsibility to the advisory boards and committees of the city will be? "Most of the empowered boards and commissions of Springville are made up of very talented, educated and unselfish citizens. Their input is extremely valuable. These groups deserve our utmost respect and consideration. They have the potential of increasing the communication between the city government and its citizens. What better way to serve your community that to listen carefully and respectfully to their voices and to utilize their wisdom."

Dennis Ward

Party: Progressive

Address: 1315 E. 950 South

Age: 44

Occupation: Self-employed; general manager of carpet cleaning business

Experience: Has worked on committees for the Art City Days Parade, Art Ball and fund raising for park.

How would you as a council member propose to keep a check on city spending? "The place to check spending is in the budgeting process. The City Council's responsibility in this process is similar to budgeting for a family: first, take care of necessities; then, if there is anything left over, lower your debt or improve your quality of life.

Is it time for Springville to have a full-time mayor or city manager? "I think we need a citizen mayor not a career politician. The overwhelming majority of Springville citizens would not be able to serve on a full-time basis and that is too high of a price to pay for a full-time mayor. It might be time for a city manager and the council will need to look at all the options."

As a council member, what do you believe your responsibility to the advisory boards and committees of the city will be? "The key word is advisory. The boards and committees that serve the city are important in helping the council form policy; however, the city conical is required to look at all aspects of a proposal and must base its decisions on how it will affect the entire community.