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2 W. Bountiful mayoral candidates stress closer residents' ties to council

Like towns across the Wasatch Front, West Bountiful is struggling with growing pains.

Growth is coming and the way to best handle it is up in the air. The city needs a new administration building, but the project is probably years away and there is no clear or agreeable way to fund it.Incumbent Mayor Carl Johnson, will not seek a third term. The 52-year-old said being mayor has been a good experience but it's time to move on.

Mostly residential West Bountiful is feeling the pressure from expanding western transportation corridors and growth in surrounding cities. Internal transportation is also getting congested as former sleepy streets turn into thoroughfares. Those growing pains have sharply divided West Bountiful, one of Davis County's smallest cities.

Both men seeking Johnson's mayoral seat say residents are divided because of lack of communication with the City Council.


Tom Duggar

Address: 531 N. 1100 West

Age: 64

Occupation: retired, director of operations for the Utah State Tax Commission.

Family: Five children, nine grandchildren.

Experience: Board member, Salt Lake City Board of Education; chairman of Northwest Neighborhood Council; board of directors, Utah Public Employees Association; chairman, West Bountiful precinct and Davis County delegate for Republican Party.

What do you bring to city government? Duggar said he brings equal representation to West Bountiful. He feels the citizenry has not been well-represented by city officials, who all came from one area of the city. He also said his vast public experience make him a well-informed and knowledgable leader.

How should West Bountiful deal with growth? West Bountiful is unique and Duggar wants it to keep its rural atmosphere. Growth needs to be controlled and follow the city's master plan, he said. The city doesn't have the space or water resources to become the next Centerville or Layton, and he's not in favor of apartment houses or other multiple-family dwellings. "This is basically a single-family-dwelling community and I'd like to keep it that way as much as possible." He said businesses should stay out of residential areas, and streets like 1100 West should not be made into 40-foot thoroughfares.

What does West Bountiful need? What it doesn't need is the Legacy Highway rushing through its neighborhoods, Duggar said. Duggar wants to protect West Bountiful's property values and ensure that long-time residents aren't pushed out by development. He also thinks the city should be careful in securing a tax base. He is "totally against" a franchise tax to fund a new City Hall unless it becomes necessary and the issue is voted on by the residents.

Jim Child

Address: 1504 N. 675 West

Age: 42

Occupation: Site development adminis-trator/con-struction manager for CRG.

Family: Wife, Karen, and three children.

Experience: Member, Board of Adjustments, two years; commissioner of West Bountiful Planning and Zoning, two years; chairman of Planning and Zoning Commission, four years; member of West Bountiful City Council four years; member of Davis County Transporta- tion Task Force three years; chairman of the West Bountiful Parade Committee, two years.

What do you bring to city government? "Experience," Child said. As a 20-year resident of West Bountiful, Child said he's had the opportunity to sit in homes throughout the city and brings the thoughts of those people to city officials. He said his years of experience in West Bountiful city government make him aware of the issues and able to work with others to solve them.

How should West Bountiful deal with growth? Child said the only way West Bountiful can deal with growth is to follow the city's master plan and move ahead in the direction the city has already agreed to. "We have a very extensive master plan that protects all areas of our city. We have great zoning and if we follow our master plan we'll be OK," he said.

What does West Bountiful need? The city needs better communication between City Hall and its citizens, Child said. He said that communication has been lacking for the past few years, which is sad for a close-knit community like West Bountiful. All residents of the city need to be included in the decisionmaking process, he said.

CITY COUNCIL (2 seats)

Wade L. George

Address: 729 W. 1800 North

Age: 37

Occupation: Equipment owner/ operator of Frank George and Sons Construction.

Family: Wife, Jennifer, four children.

Experience: Served on West Bountiful Planning and Zoning commission for four years. He was also on the city's golf course board for five years and has been involved with West Bountiful's Fourth of July activities.

What do you bring to city government? He said four years of experience as a planning and zoning commissioner have helped him see challenges the city faces. He said common sense perfected from a lifetime in building a business is also helpful in city planning.

How should West Bountiful deal with growth? It's not about keeping everyone out of West Bountiful, rather it's helping new people understand the goals and vision of the community, George said.

What does West Bountiful need? The greatest need facing West Bountiful is a better commercial tax base. The police department needs increased funding and the city needs to find a way to fund a new building.

Duff W. Egginton

Address: 774 N. 975 West

Age: 32

Occupation: Manager of a Mountain Fuel warehouse.

Family: Wife, Patti, and four children.

Experience: Worked with youth groups and participated in city cleanup efforts.

What do you bring to city government? Egginton said he brings a fresh outlook to the city and isn't hampered down by "20 years of old ideas." Egginton decided to run for City Council because he sees big decisions being made for the city's future over the next four years.

How should West Bountiful deal with growth? Egginton doesn't want West Bountiful to lose its rural flavor. He doesn't object to growth as long as it is controlled and follows the city's master plan. He wants the Legacy Highway as far west as possible.

What does West Bountiful need? "They need council members that will listen to citizen input more than they do," Egginton said. He said the city needs open-minded council members who are willing to elicit public input on issues, and heed it.

Mark Tanner

Address: 585 N. 1100 West

Age: 36

Occupation: Records manager at Questar Infocomm in Salt Lake City.

Family: Wife, Dee, and 5-month-old son, Grady.

Experience: Tanner worked with city governments as a business owner in Salt Lake City and represented his neighborhood's interest at council meetings this year.

What do you bring to city government? Tanner said his ability to listen to all sides of an issue would help the city. He also said he has new ideas and the energy and ability to try them. "I feel like I'm bringing new ideas that people haven't thought about."

How should West Bountiful deal with growth? The city needs to follow its master plan and its city mission statement to keep family values and the area's rural feel intact.

What does West Bountiful need? Not a politician, Tanner said. He said the city needs someone who really cares about West Bountiful and improving the community, not about a political agenda.

Vicki A. Stock

Address: 1336 N. 700 West

Age: 46

Occupation: Manager of Wimpole Street Creations.

Family: Husband, Ron; four children.

Experience: Member, West Bountiful City Council, four years; chairwoman, Fourth of July activities, three years; Youth City Council adviser, seven years; emergency preparedness coordinator, four years.

What do you bring to city government? "I feel like I bring enthusiasm to the council," she said. Stock also said her experience as a city councilwoman and her down-to-earth attitude make her approachable and in touch with city residents.

How should West Bountiful deal with growth? Stock said the biggest concern facing the city is traffic coming in from surrounding areas. She said the City Council needs to get to work solving the growth issues and citizens need to be supportive of the city's future plans.

What does West Bountiful need? West Bountiful needs to keep its small-town feel, Stock said, and stand behind city employees and police officers to ensure their needs are being met.