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Bagley appointed to Providence council post

January 27th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Bonnie Phelps

PROVIDENCE—Bill Bagley was voted as the new councilman for Providence at last night’s City Council meeting. The vote was tied 2-2 between Bagley and Lanny Herron until Mayor Liechty broke the tie, giving Bagley the win. Bagley replaces Ron Liechty, a former councilman who was elected mayor in November.

Councilmen Don Calderwood and John Russell voted for Bagley, and councilmen Dale Astle and David Low voted for Herron. Bagley was sworn in shortly after the votes were cast and will serve on the council for two years.

Bagley served on the Providence Planning Commission from 2004-2006, and has credentials from the University of Utah for city planning. He said he feels that his experiences serving on the planning commission, as well as various other planning projects, will benefit the council.

“I believe in the concept of paying forward,” Bagley said. He mentioned the council’s decision to transition from septic tank to sewer system 20 years ago as an example of paying forward, and said he hopes to bring benefits like this to the council. The decision was controversial at the time, but everyone seems pleased to have a sewer system now, he said.

When asked about the time commitment he was able to make for this appointment, Bagley replied with a laugh, “As long as it doesn’t interfere with my golf game, I’m good.” After that he replied seriously that he would be available for all meetings and would be able to devote the amount of time that was required.

At the close of the public meeting they opened it to comment for the city council. Councilman David Low addressed Bagley. “I just want to say congratulations. You came extremely highly recommended from peers,” Low said.

Beth Munson was reappointed as city treasurer and Skarlet Bankhead was reappointed as city recorder after a unanimous vote by the council.

In other business, the council discussed dog licensing. Dogs are due to be licensed by the end of January. If your dog has been neutered or spayed the cost is $10. If they have not the cost is $20. If your dog has not been licensed by February there will be a $10 late fee added to the total.


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