Watts details Logan City successes in State of the City address

Logan City accomplished incredible things in 2010, all while minding the dollars and cents. That’s what Mayor Rand Watts said Tuesday night in his fifth annual State of the City address.The mayor acknowledged that economic woes continue to trouble the entire nation but he said while Logan has not been totally immune the city has weathered the passing storm with tremendous strength.Watts gave credit to the work of employees, the sound decision-making of the city council and the prudence of department heads and executive staff for steering things in the right direction.Among the accomplishments listed by Watts were 19 miles of roads that were chip sealed, 2,500 feet of sidewalk installed, three new ambulances placed into service, and a disaster recovery site established.”Our police and fire departments are staying current in their training and certifications and we remain one of the safest metropolitan areas in the country,” Watts continued. “I just heard that we are second, I just got that news earlier today, that we are second in the country, so that’s a real compliment.”While many other cities nationwide are struggling to provide basic services in the face of staggering budget shortfalls and sweeping layoffs, Watts says Logan ended 2010 with a balanced budget. He says the city maintains an 18 percent emergency reserve in the General Fund. Watts also said the Parks and Recreation Department received Best of State status for 2010 and, in his words, “We even had time to clean 78 miles of sewer mains. Now that’s a dirty job.”

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