Urgent infrastructure needs in Logan highlight Simmonds’ reasons for running

Logan City Council candidate Jeannie Simmonds says the urgent need for infrastructure work in Logan has been evidenced this summer with the sewer problem on 1000 West and the recent problem near the Logan Tabernacle where an old water line and sewer line had to be replaced. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Simmonds said the city has done a good job of building up its low reserves during the last six years. “Now there should be some cash, or some money, that should be able to be allocated to this specific project. I would start there,” Simmonds said. “Now, beyond that, it think it would be wise to have an analysis of the scope of the project and some alternatives from the people who know what’s in the ground how best to go about doing it.” Simmonds says some of the infrastructure has been there since the late 1800s and early 1900s. She says sidewalks also need to be built and others replaced to make it safer where children are walking. Simmonds also weighed in on whether or not Logan City should be paying a lobbyist in Washington, DC to help the city go after federal money. Simmonds, who currently serves on the city’s planning commission, says it may be money well spent. She says sometimes a big project, even one that is mandated, could not be completed otherwise without raising taxes. “I think that person is more knowledgeable in that arena,” Simmonds said. “The one thing I think is critically important that that be transparent to the citizens and that we know exactly what that person’s working on, we know why we’re paying them. “And if the reason for paying them becomes non-existent then I don’t think we should do it anymore.” Currently the lobbyist is getting paid between $35,000 and $40,000 a year.

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