Adam believes the resources we bring together to run our community should be handled with care and without selfish intention. Each decision reached and every project undertaken in our city should consider the short-term as well as long-term fiscal challenges that come into play. Our community chest is not a feeding trough; it warrants close supervision.
The city can do more to attract good retailers while building up the unique local businesses that only Centerville has to offer, especially on the west side of I-15.
Zoning and development decisions must also consider the need to keep Centerville affordable and attractive for future generations. We can also strengthen connectivity between residential and commercial areas that will help property values and make Centerville more livable.
We also need to remember what we love about Centerville; the quiet residential suburb with single family homes. I will always remember that perspective when considering zoning decisions.
Related to this, I do not like the idea of light rail on Main Street. That does not fit with the character of Centerville, and it presents several issues for concern. I would not support such development.
Centerville's trails are a treasure. They give Centerville families countless opportunities for wholesome recreation. The last year helped us appreciate our trails and nature areas even more. But the last year also highlighted the need for access to safe trails as more people were using the hillside to stay active.
The city can do better to maintain existing hillside trails, to create new multi-use trails, and to limit development that would encroach upon public access to our hillside. Our neighboring cities, including Farmington, Fruit Heights, and North Salt Lake, have taken an active role in the development of multi-use trail systems. There is no reason why Centerville can't do the same, and for very little cost. Indeed, there are several federal and state grants the city can obtain to assist in this process, and there are many citizens who would relish the opportunity to commit volunteer time to such activities.
The creation and preservation of multi-use trails in our backyard will be a boon for Centerville families. Our children will have more opportunities to recreate with their friends without leaving the city, and our residents can continue to live healthy lifestyles while experiencing the natural beauty around us.
Centerville is benefited by greater input from more of its citizens. That cannot happen unless they know what is being done in their name. Adam will continue and strengthen the tradition of transparency in city government, and he will work to develop more opportunities to hear from constituents.