adds its support to regional council idea
By Megan Sonderegger
March 23, 2006 | LEWISTON -- A current interlocal agreement,
which allows for a small board of advisors to determine
county decisions, was amended at Tuesday's City Council
meeting, allowing for needed support in creating a larger
regional council made up of 15 elected officials.
"There is a great deal to be gained in having a group
get together to discuss issues that affect all of us,"
said Darrel Gibbons, a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Craig Peterson, another member, presented the resolution
to council members and said he felt the proposal was
widely accepted and supported throughout Cache Valley.
He said the Chamber of Commerce plans to select several
elected officials throughout Cache County, as well as
the president of Utah State University, allowing them
to act as representatives in coordinating the valley
as a body.
"Our valley, our solutions will be the slogan," Peterson
Peterson said recommendations from residents will
go directly to the regional council and they will have
the responsibility to decide whether or not the recommendations
have validity. He said the council should follow three
basic steps while making decisions: determining real
issues, studying the issues, and deciding on recommendations
to solve the issues.
"We need to think as a valley, act as a valley and
create an organization that can do something about it,"
Jeff Hall, a member of Lewiston's city council, said
his only concern with the resolution was the overrepresentation
of Logan in comparison to the rest of the valley. He
said he worried Lewiston wouldn't be equally represented
because of its small population, not taking into account
its geographical size.
"Lewiston has more square miles than any other community,"
said Councilwoman Karren Jackson.
Peterson said Logan will have more representation
because of its population, but they plan to distribute
the mayors evenly to allow for equal representation.
Peterson said Logan's current attitude is to try and
work in harmony with the rest of the communities, and
he said both USU President Stan Albrecht as well as
Logan Mayor Randy Watts are eager to work with the rest
of Cache Valley.
"The last thing we would want to have happen is to
not have the council represented," Peterson said.
In other business, resident Patty Wiser was appointed
as Lewiston's new treasurer, a business license was
issued to Mandy Finlinson for an in-home hair salon,
and a new citation for impounding junk cars was discussed.