The second installment of the new monthly Speak to the North Logan Mayor featured new mayor John Bailey along with economic development director Devan Mills on KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday. Bailey replaced former mayor Lloyd Berentzen last month after serving two terms on the North Logan City Council.
“I’m a 45-year resident of Cache Valley. All of that time (I’ve) lived in North Logan and have been involved in one way or another in the public policy, the programs, the services that we’ve tried to offer the city right from the outset.”
“I came to Cache Valley with the expectation that I would not be here for more than a year or so, but Cache Valley has a way of getting it’s hooks into you,” Bailey explained.
His background is in public health and he stated last summer that, if elected, he would do all he could to help keep the city healthy and strong.
“I tend to integrate and look at the inter-relationship between personal health and community health, so healthy people in healthy communities.”
Mills said he can attest to that, as the mayor in just his first month introduced a new healthy employee campaign and he said, “he’s got me running, he’s got me cleaning up my spaces, he’s got me saying ‘thank you’ to everybody around and trying to improve emotional, spiritual, physical health…you name it.”
Mills said they are working on further developing what’s recently been named the Cache Innovation Corridor, a 400 acre area along 2500 North near the airport.
Mayor Bailey said he wants North Logan to have the reputation as being friendly to new business, but said a governing principle over their dealings is not to “give away the store.” He said they need to make sure that a new business is a long term net benefit to the city.