Lemon cites management of fairground property as major issue of Logan City-Cache County relations

One familiar name will not be on the ballot when local elections are held later this year. That is the name of Republican Lynn Lemon who has served as Cache County Executive for the last 20 years.

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_01_31_328_18569_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday</a>, Lemon said although he feels it is time to leave he has thoroughly enjoyed the job, especially his relations with both county and Logan City residents and employees.

Lemon said the major issue that has come up between city and county is what to do with the fairgrounds. He said the city and county jointly own the fairgrounds but for a long time Logan City managed the whole complex.

“What happened is that we, by agreement, didn’t separate,” Lemon explained. “We still own it jointly but we have a provision in there that we can separate if we determine that’s the best thing to do.

Lemon said that while both entities jointly own the property, responsibility for and management of the area is divided up.

“The county agreed that we would take over full responsibility for the fairgrounds. Fairground employees would become county employees and that Logan City would take over the rest of the complex. They would be responsible for the quadraplex, the Willow Park Zoo, Willow Park, and the swimming pool area.”

He said so far that has turned out to be a good arrangement for both parties.

While Lemon has publicly stated that he will not run for reelection again for County Executive, terms for other Cache County offices expire this year, such as County Attorney James Swink, County Sheriff Lynn Nelson, County Clerk/Auditor Jill Zollinger, County Assessor Kathleen Howell, County Treasurer Keren A. Jeppesen and County Recorder Michael Gleed.

Terms of councilmembers Gordon Zilles, Val Potter and Greg Merrill also expire at the end of 2014. All Cache County elected officials are Republican.

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