Q and A with North Logan Mayor Lloyd Berentzen

NORTH LOGAN – In a wide-ranging interview this week North Logan Mayor Lloyd Berentzen examined the progress of discussions with Logan about a boundary change, he shared his views on possibility of a new high school in his community and he even announced his plans when asked about seeking another term in office.

<span>Berentzen said talks with the Logan City administration are aimed at clearing up the confusion that exists where the two communities overlap on the west side of main street. </span>

<span>“My understanding is that Logan is having their public hearing on this issue during the month of May. Ours is scheduled in North Logan on <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>June 12</span></span>.</span>

<span>“We have had this kind of zig-zag boundary thing on the west side of Main Street for a number of years. It is kind of confusing when businesses come in, as to who is servicing things, what city they are supposed to be working with. This is an effort to clean that up without hurting either city in terms of the economics of the thing.”</span>

<span>Berentzen discussed situations that typify the confusion.</span>

<span>“When Hamilton’s was open for business, it was actually part of Logan yet Jack’s Tire and Oil, which is a lot further to the south, is part of North Logan. We may be able to clean up the ability to not have to call Logan City and say ‘can you service these guys and then let’s work the billing through us because they’re really in North Logan, or vice versa.’ There are just some real fundamental issues it would be helpful to resolve in this proposed exchange.” </span>

<span>Berentzen said there appear to be no residents affected by the proposed boundary change, just businesses.</span>

<span>Another possible change that would affect North Logan is a proposed high school being considered near the Eccles Ice Center. A bond election by the Cache County School District in November will determine if it becomes part of North Logan’s future.</span>

<span>He said the school district is seeking citizen input through an online survey.</span>

<span>“We have been meeting with the school district, talking with them about what exactly they want to do. They are looking very seriously at trying to do the high school right on the edge of North Logan, right there between North Logan and Hyde Park.</span>

<span>“I am hopeful there will be some things that happen, that it will progress as we go forward. I really think this is a great opportunity for the community, I think it is a great proposal for the young people that are growing up in the north end of the valley.</span>

<span>“The public really needs to pay attention to this and make sure their will is known when we get to the election in November. There will be a lot more information about the proposed high school as we go forward.” </span>

<span>When the mayor reminded North Logan citizens of the <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>June 3-7</span></span> filing deadline to run for public office in November, he was asked about his  plans.</span>

<span>“I have decided not to run for another term,” he said. “I am encouraging people to  take a good look at this. We have so many able individuals who live in our community who could step up and do this work. </span>

<span>“I really appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to serve here but now I have a few other things on my plate and this is a good time to bow out.”</span>

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