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21 February, 2014

State Senate candidate addresses council

Ann Millner, current Utah State Senate candidate and former Weber State University president, sought input from the Morgan County Council Tuesday and informed them of her platform. “When I heard Sen. Reid decided he was not going to run for re-election, I felt it was a good fit in my individual public service role,” Millner said. “We can make good things happen for the community.” After working at WSU for 32 years, Millner said she has had many opportunities to deal with community leaders in Weber, Davis and Morgan counties. Her platform consists of three things, she said, including economic development, education and quality of life. “We need economic development to grow jobs. Student achievement is extremely important so people can have family-sustaining wages.,” Millner said. “We need to maintain this beautiful, scenic environment we have as a family-oriented place we all know and love so much.” Millner said Hill Air Force Base is a vital economic part of Northern Utah, and that she intends to focus on Hill during her candidacy and term, if elected. “They are a healthy part of jobs right now if we provide the right kind of support,” she said. “They are vital to national defense.” She said tourism is an important piece of economic development. The Morgan County Council told Millner that Snowbasin is “critical” to Morgan County’s future, as is developing natural resources, Como Springs, industrial parks, an interstate interchange and infrastructure. Millner said Snowbasin’s development will also impact Davis and Weber counties. Council Chairman Logan Wilde said that the county’s infrastructure is not “adequate” for continued economic development of Morgan. “That interchange (in Mountain Green) is on the minds of everyone,” said Councilman Daryl Ballantine. “UDOT has commissioned another study.” While some council members said they are seeking direction from the state on some of these issues, others said the council needs to feel free to govern the county without interference from the state. “We need to be able to carry on as a council and government for what is best for the community,” Councilwoman Tina Kelley said. Nowhere is that more needed than in running area schools, Wilde said. “When you bring decisions to a local level, you are much better off,” Wilde said. He said the state’s habit of funding specific things in education rather than education in general has hurt Morgan County. Councilman Ned Mecham agreed. “The local government will be able to oversee their area better than someone sitting in some office in Salt Lake City or Washington D.C.,” he said. Councilman Austin Turner told Millner he wants to make sure the rights of private property owners are respected, especially as related to private property along public water ways. “The concern is the price private land owners pay because people think they have the right to trespass,” Turner said. Millner thanked the council for their input and said their dialogue with state representatives is crucial.