Pool, roads, and grocery store on city’s radar
Santaquin citizens for years have clamored for the city to take action regarding issues like road maintenance, commercial growth, and the lack of recreational facilities. Over the years it seems much has been said by public officials and representatives on those fronts, with limited headway made on plans for a future pool, grocery store, or improved roads.
During this year’s city council retreat, however, councilman and city officials may have started the ball rolling on solutions to the citizens’ concerns.
With help from a third-party facilitator from Brigham Young University, the council was able to outline important goals for the future during their meetings in late February. Many issues and city needs were discussed, but in the end the council and department supervisors were able to determine six main areas of focus. inSantaquin News was able to sit down with City Manager Benjamin Reeves recently to talk about the direction Santaquin City is headed.
6 Main Goals
According to Reeves, a consensus was reached regarding the most pressing issues facing the city in the next two years.
“The issue we have with our council and our mayor, they run because they want to improve, they want to make a difference,” said Reeves. He spoke from the perspective of the council by saying, “It’s so hard when we have people pulling in different directions, so by spending time in a retreat with an unbiased facilitator, letting them filter what’s most important to me as a council member so that in two years or four years when I’m gone I can feel like I made a difference and I made a legacy.”