AS I SEE IT
I wanted to take moment to thank the citizens of Midvale City for placing their trust and faith in me for the last 32 years. It has been an absolute honor and pleasure for me to serve this wonderful community as your mayor for 20 years and councilmember for 12. We have accomplished a lot together and have changed our community as we developed Bingham Junction, a former superfund site. We doubled the size of our community with the addition of the area known as Union and we added The Shops at Fort Union. We are still one of the smallest cities on the Wasatch Front, being about six square miles. Thanks to all of you, we are a growing and thriving community that can compete with the other communities in the area.
We must plan and recognize that we have limited space to grow. We have many single-family neighborhoods in Midvale, and they set the caricature of most of our community. We also have apartments in the community that allow for residential growth. As our community grows and changes we have few open spaces available for expansion of residential development. There is, in the Salt Lake Valley, a need for more residential opportunities. There is currently a 30% deficit in available homes, and the population in the Wasatch Front is expected to increase by 800,000 million by the year 2050. This growth is mainly coming from our families as they become adults and look for places to live. Just look at our schools and realize that they are the families of the future. Working together we can ensure that our children and grandchildren have homes.
Thank you to everyone who voted. The bond to improve schools in the Canyons School District means that we can rebuild many of our schools. This is a great gift to our children. Providing students with access to safe modern schools that reflect best practices and technology prepares them to graduate career and college ready.
Congratulations to our new Mayor, Robert Hale; and to the two new city councilmembers, Dustin Gettel and Bryant Brown. They, and the rest of the council, will represent you as they plan for the future of our community. We had about 40% of the registered voters vote in this election. While we always have a larger turnout for the Presidential election, I would like to remind you that your local election has more of an impact on you than does the national election. You can and should call your local officials for information and to express your concerns. They are the government closest to you and have the greatest everyday impact.
I would like to take a moment to recognize the hard work of our outgoing Councilmembers, Wayne Sharp and Steve Brown. They have made significant contributions that have added to the City’s quality of life. I appreciate their dedication and am grateful to them, and their families, for the sacrifices they made while serving our community.
Thank you, again, for allowing me to represent you and to serve the community that I love. I will continue to work with the Boys & Girls Club, the Life Start Village, and other community groups. I am proud to be part of this community and honor all who volunteer to make Midvale a great place to live and work.
Wishing you and your families happy holidays and a healthy New Year!