New council members begin new terms for Cache County Tuesday; water district will be discussed

There will be two new people around the table at Tuesday’s Cache County Council meeting, the first meeting for 2017. The new members – Karl Ward and Barbara Tidwell – are replacing Kathy Robison and Cory Yeates who both recently retired.

The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Hall of Justice. Council chairman Greg Merrill will be outlining some of the goals for the council in 2017, which includes the Cache Water District implementation process.

Merrill says approval of the water district was the major accomplishment last year and now it is time to get the district implemented.

“The water district will continue in 2017 by implementing those elected officials,” Merrill explains. “That was part of the change in the new water district that those who will be serving on the board will be existing elected officials for three or four years until new ones are elected.

“We look forward to starting to implement the water district and one of the first things will be is to have those elected officials serve as board members and then they will start implementing some of the benefits that come from the water district.”

A presentation regarding State Road 30 is scheduled to be made by Mike Pepper from the Utah Department of Transportation. Committee assignments for council members will also be decided.

Not only will the meeting be the first for Ward and Tidwell, but it will also begin the first four-year term for David Erickson. Although he has been on the council the last two years since Craig Buttars left to become Cache County Executive, Erickson was elected to a full four-year term this last election.

Erickson said he decided to run because he has enjoyed the experience even when he doesn’t support an issue, such as the new county landfill currently under construction.

“I think that we needed to look at other areas that were probably closer,” says Erickson. “I think what they are doing, as far as taking garbage to an area, working with it, packaging it and taking it to another area, there is some wisdom there, especially with the recycling area.

“But the distance they are taking it, way out to that landfill, I think that’s a huge cost.”

Another council opening is coming up since Val Potter was elected as a state representative in District 3 and Erickson is hoping there will be a lot of interest in the position.

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