Time Sure Flies!

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I’ve almost finished my second week in office and the time has flown by.  I want to give you an inside view of what I have been up to so far.

I took office on January 6th at noon, and then I jumped right in.  My first City Council meeting was the next day, and the staff did a great job getting me all the information needed to help make the council meeting a success.

I attended the Lehi Area Chamber’s annual awards banquet and presented the New Business of the Year award to Allie Humphrey and Matt Canaday of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at The Outlets at Traverse Mountain.  I believe in supporting local businesses and look forward to working with our existing and future businesses in Eagle Mountain.

We have been moving full speed ahead.  The city has no pause button, so business moves forward in every department regardless of any “transition efforts”. While this makes for some very long days in the beginning, I am enjoying the process.

I have been working diligently to meet with all employees one-on-one.  I have been sharing my vision of an organization in which information flows freely from the bottom up, as well as from the top down.   I can tell you that we have some great people working for this city, and they have great ideas about how to excel.  What is even more impressive is the level of commitment most of these employees have to the city.  They love this place, and so do I.  I am beyond excited to see what we can do together.

In the coming months, we will talk a lot more about what specific opportunities we have for improvement.  There are many, but then there always will be.  I don’t believe any organization can simply exist.  I believe we are always getting better or getting left behind; there is no in-between.  I choose to focus on getting better, and I’m looking forward to the process.

2 thoughts on “Time Sure Flies!

  1. Can we please look at getting a rec. center out here sooner than later? One that has an indoor/outdoor pool. It would be a huge bonus for our community.

    • LeAnn,

      I agree with you that a pool would add great value to this community. I grew up with a swimming pool in my backyard and it played a central role in many happy memories. As you may understand, a pool is not an inexpensive facility to build, nor is it an inexpensive facility to operate and maintain. This is especially true of cold weather climates such as ours.

      If Eagle Mountain was cash-rich I may be tempted to consider such a facility. Unfortunately we are far from cash rich. In fact, there are many needs in our community that are both legitimate and urgent.

      To build a pool like the proposed aquatic center in 2009, Eagle Mountain would need to issue between five and ten million dollars of General Obligation Bonds (aka G.O. Bonds) This type of bond is paid by raising property taxes to make the principal and interest payments on the debt.

      I am opposed to issuing new debt under most circumstances. In fact, I intend to reduce our debt. While debt can be appropriate in some cases, it often increases the cost to homeowners of living in this community. This would certainly be the case if we issued debt to build an aquatic center.

      While many people may be able to afford the nominal increase they would see in property tax, many others may not. I simply would not feel right about raising taxes to satisfy the purchase of a “want” and not a “need” given our current debt burden.

      While we may not be able to afford an aquatic center right now, we can make investments in other ways to give our little ones additional opportunities for recreation. As we begin the budget process for next fiscal year, I will encourage city council to commit funds to this end.

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