Watkins reflects on achievements

When Lloyd Berentzen is sworn in as North Logan Mayor January 4 it will mark the end of Cary Watkins’ four years in that office. Watkins said his term has been rewarding. “We’ve accomplished a great deal in four years because of the people of North Logan,” he said. “Good people have been willing to help and carry forward on issues and the community is a better place for it.” Watkins said one of the important achievements early on was the work done with the Economic Development Corporation, which brought Qwest Communications to North Logan and the creation of almost 600 jobs for the community. Qwest moved into the former Anderson Lumber building that had been empty for almost four years. “Something else we started, which was really important to me, was expanding the parks and trails in the city,” said Watkins. “One of the parks we created was King Nature Park. It’s at the entrance to Green Canyon, 20 acres on the north side of the road. It was zoned for three houses per acre and I was able to work with the property owners and we purchased that property.” The property became a nature park with a trail system. Later a pavilion was added, a bathroom facility was built and a half-acre, surface area pond – the North Logan Fishing Hole — was constructed and stocked with fish. Watkins said a community development area was created, what he calls an enterprise area, of 105 acres on vacant land between 1800 North and 2500 North, extending from 100 East to 400 East. “The other thing we did, which was the result of many, many years of work by so many, was our cemetery. We had people work on that for years and years, Nancy Potter was very instrumental and Duane Chadwick among others. We were able to build that cemetery and now we have it high on our east side bench and it’s a beautiful location.” One of the most significant accomplishments of the last four years in North Logan is the funding of 200 East. “That road will go right through our city center area,” said Watkins. “That is happening now, it took a lot to get that done. We were able to get some of the money from the county road tax.” When he leaves his four years as Mayor, Watkins said he will probably do some consulting work out of the area on land issues and planning issues with the additional possibility of work in the valley through a business based in San Diego. He said he’s also looking forward to another year of the major fundraiser he and his wife Lucy put together, known as “Art On the Lawn” . “We had a thousand people show up last year, it continues to grow. We’ve given $40,000 to the high schools to promote art programs for children and young adults.”

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