City officials and citizens come together to sign Community Covenant
In city council meeting last Wednesday city officials accepted and signed a “Community Covenant” with two Lieutenants from the Utah Army National Guard in Santaquin City’s behalf.
The covenant, an agreement from the community to support the military and their families, was signed by Santaquin City Mayor James DeGraffenried, the city council, members of the public safety department and other city officials.
The program is designed to sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families. “It is a formal commitment of support by state and local communities to Soldiers and Families of the Army – Active, Guard and Reserve.” – Commuity Covenant Website.
With Santaquin City’s commitment, 95 percent of Utah County cities are now part of the covenant. According to Lt. Mark Buffington, Utah County leads the state in participating cities, and Utah as a state leads the nation in participation in the covenant.
In Utah, the Community Covenant program involves city and state governments in a number of services, including the Utility Abatement Program which helps families of deployed service members receive free/reduced city utilities.
Mayor DeGraffenried thanked Lieutenants Mark Buffington and Michael Williamson for giving the city the opportunity to participate in the covenant.
Citizens in attendance were given the chance to sign a separate document to show their support of the covenant.
Visit the Community Covenant website for more details.