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Growth is No. 1 issue for Santaquin hopefuls

Growth and how to deal with it is a major issue on the minds of candidates running for office in Santaquin.

Keith E. Broadhead is running for re-election unopposed after having served one term as Santaquin mayor. Lynn Adams, who was appointed to the City Council about five months ago after another councilman moved out of town, is being challenged by Roy Carroll for the remaining two years of that council seat.Candidates for two additional four-year council positions are Kirk L. Greenhalgh, David Hathaway, Doug J. Rohbock and Frank G. Staheli. The two candidates receiving the most votes will win.

Here is a brief look at the candidates:

MAYOR

Keith E. Broadhead

Address: 240 N. Center

Age: 39

Occupation: Public works inspector for Spanish Fork City.

Why are you running for office? "Mostly to keep a handle on growth. I don't want to control it. I want to manage it." He wants to be involved in the ongoing process of developing a master plan for the city as well as work to attract more businesses and jobs into Santaquin.

CITY COUNCIL,

4-YEAR TERMS (2 elected)

Kirk L. Greenhalgh

Address: 135 W. 200 North

Age: 36

Occupation: Utility contractor.

Why are you running for office? "I'd like to see growth slow down some." Growth is inevitable, but the city needs to control it and keep it at a slow pace.

City utilities: "I could oversee the city utilities and make sure they're operating correctly" and that contractors provide quality work. Greenhalgh said he would like a secondary water system installed in the city so residents could irrigate with creek water instead of using drinking water to water their lawns.

David Hathaway

Address: 145 N. 100 East

Age: 35

Occupation: Self-employed.

Growth: "I don't mind the growth. It's just that I'd like to see Santaquin try to get a little bit of tax base in here instead of a lot of residential." He favors developing a business park at Santaquin's south freeway exit.

Impact fees: Hathaway plans to fight any attempt the state Legislature may make to limit impact fees on development. Such an action would "almost cripple" small towns where growth is demanding more city services.

Doug J. Rohbock

Address: 209 E. Main

Age: 45

Occupation: Heavy equipment mechanic.

Why running for office: "I'm tired of everybody else running this country. . . . I don't feel good with a lot of politics that are going on in the world the way it is right now."

Growth: Costs related to growth can be met by either raising the rates of residential customers - something Rohbock opposes - or getting a bigger commercial tax base. "The best solution is, as far as I can see it, prioritizing what you're spending your money on."

Frank G. Staheli

Address: 30 E. 400 South

Age: 34

Occupation: Computer programmer at Brigham Young University.

Growth: Santaquin's small-town charm should be maintained while the crime that comes with growth is prevented. Staheli believes the city shouldn't encroach too much in the foothills while still recognizing people's property rights.

Knowledge of government: "I think the most important thing that I have is the knowledge of state government." Staheli has studied Utah laws to become familiar with the parameters under which municipalities must operate.

CITY COUNCIL,

2-YEAR TERM

(1 elected)

Lynn Adams

Address: 610 E. 450 South

Age: 33

Occupation: Physical therapist.

Why are you running for office? Adams wants to work with the council on a master plan to manage growth in Santaquin. With growth comes the need to provide city services; Adams wants to ensure that these services are available or, if not, that the city will not expand.

Recreation: Santaquin needs to implement a recreation committee that would expand what is currently available to youth.

Roy Carroll

Address: 355 E. 200 South

Age: 49

Occupation: Auto mechanic.

Why are you running for office? Carroll doesn't want to see Santaquin become another "big town with big-town attitudes and big-town problems."

Preserving a small town: Carroll said he has observed that often when people move from a large city to a small town, they want things done the way they were in the large city. Carroll wants to avoid this trend in Santaquin; specifically, he is concerned about preserving animal rights.