Public Safety is my highest priority.

The wise decision for Draper to have our own Fire Fighting and Police Forces, while continuing to work with Unified Police and Fire of our county, has proven to be a smart decision by current and former city administrations.  We have control over our services and legitimate 4-handed staffing when fires occur, which means our fire fighters can immediately respond and begin fighting the fire upon arrival instead of waiting for backups. Two years ago we were a contract city with Unified Fire Authority and the rates we were paying continued to increase substantially.  We have saved significant money and actually increased our revenue by collecting local fees for local problems while enjoying superior services.

The men and women in the police and fire departments put their lives on the line every day to protect our property and us.  Having our own police and fire departments allows us control over our staffing levels and costs.  Two of the city’s fire stations are staffed now with four people per shift, which is in line with national standards, and allows a higher level of service.

Our new fire department has been able to improve the Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating for Draper City, which determines the fire insurance rates for property owners.  This improved rating reduces the cost of fire insurance for private property owners.

Wild land fires are also a concern in Draper.  Our Fire Department emphasizes training for these areas and owns the right equipment to help reduce the fire risk.  Our department recently received a grant to help install a trail in the city’s open space that will serve as a firebreak line in case of a wild land fire.

Draper Police Department receives approximately 24,000 calls for service every year.   With 44 sworn officers this puts a strain on their resources, yet they do an amazing job every day.

Our officers and firefighters focus on providing the best possible public safety to our residents and businesses and are an incredible value to our city.

Small community parks, large public parks, mountain trail access parks, dog parks, splash pad parks, biking parks, paragliding parks, equestrian parks are all a result of wise administrative and community planning.  Draper has an impressive established system of parks and trails as a direct result of citizen volunteers and numerous city administrations instituting and adhering to a grand master plan. I have explored these trails for 28 years and will help maintain the long-term vision that Ann Parr, Ken Murdock and many others have invested in creating this incredible gem of park and trail systems.  Maintaining parks requires proper funding and the commitment of each community member who uses the parks and trails to leave them better than they found them.  I have worked side by side with our children and youth volunteers to create and maintain Draper’s parks and trails.  A city Council member is assigned to Parks and Trails subcommittee to help wisely guide and implement the master plan.  I honor the hard work that has been required to create what we have and hope to help guide the future of our parks and trails system. I will continue to support Draper’s valuable treasure of parks and trails.

First time home buyers, established home owners who have invested in our community, senior housing near golf courses, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation homes, and housing that is near public transportation are some of the types of dwellings our citizens enjoy.  Witnessing the blooming of our community, gives me a perspective that understands the desire for first home builders/buyers to live in Draper and the balanced reality of the price of real estate.   Working within the established laws and helping to interpret the laws and desires of the citizens is a careful balancing act and requires thoughtful leadership.  I will carefully weigh each request that is brought before the city council.  Housing growth is decided one proposal at a time with our master plan in mind. The average cost of housing in Draper currently is $550,000.  Affordable housing is a goal along with the reality that development is closely tied to road funding and it is literally a balancing act between growth and infrastructure development.  High Tech jobs projections are 150,000 jobs and will require wise housing decisions.  Draper is where we want to live, work, shop and play.

We do have a rock mine in our city! Part of our community is the mining of rock and sand materials along our southern most city boundaries.  We must continue to work with Geneva regarding air quality, sound, vibrations and expansion. The mining industry interacts with residents and recreationalists.  It is a steep, sandy, rocky and diverse area with high cliffs and residential zoning in some areas and mining approval nearby. We need to continue to verify that operations do not impede the air quality, noise ordinances and vibrations of the land in s way that might impede the safety and lifestyle of our citizens.

Air quality needs to be balanced with the rights of property owners.  Residents need to be confident that their elected officials have their health as a top priority.   I will work to ensure Geneva also makes this a priority.

Draper City will have an influence on the development of the former Utah State Prison site but is not the sole decision maker, which means that forward thinking leadership with the best interest of our citizens is critical during this transition.  The development can be a win-win scenario through calm, integrated leadership.  The current administration has wisely learned that our voice at the table of decision-making is key for the best possible outcome.

Direct taxes of property, food, and retail sales are an income source to the city as well as indirect taxation sources of revenue.  The revenue decline from retail sales is an issue that is impacting every city as America transitions to more Internet purchases.  Attracting businesses that provide revenue and wisely spending our city money is our best way of achieving a fiscally sound future.  I look for value in how we use our money.

Point of the Mountain is a big transportation bottleneck for Utah.  The State, County, UTA and Draper are working together to solve problems now and in the future.   We are currently helping to fund Research in to possible point of the mountain transportation solutions. I also support our wise lobby for funds that has helped Draper secure substantial funding for our city roads.

Each citizen must choose wisely to improve our air quality. Creating a city where citizens can live, work and play in the same space improves our air quality by decreasing commuting.  Keeping our activities as green as possible will make everyone’s life better.  I often judge the day by the quality of the air…How about you?

Recent expansions of community events has helped us create an active and healthy atmosphere.  We connect with our neighbors and the funding for these types of programs will always be a priority for me because of the value they provide to each individual, families and the community as a whole.

While the city council influence is minimal in this area, I support a strong educational system.  Education is the key to the future. Educating Citizens regarding issues is one of the main jobs of city administration.