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Four seek seats on Nibley’s council; mayor has no opposition

September 22nd, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Benjamin Wood

NIBLEY — Four candidates vie for two positions on the City Council and Mayor Gerald Knight remains unchallenged as election season draws near.

Incumbent councilmen Bryan Hansen and Thayne Mickelson, both completing their first terms, look to defend their positions against newcomers Shaun Platt and Jon Carver. The race for Mayor is certainly less competitive, with only Mayor Knight on the ballot, but Knight said that the possibility of a write-in campaign is always present.

Bryan Hansen, a native of North Logan, has lived in Nibley for 12
years. He is currently finishing his fourth year on the city council and says that if elected he hopes to continue with some of the programs and goals that the council is working on. Personally he feels that it is important to have open communication between members of the council and the community. He plans on furthering the dissemination of information through use of the Internet and the city Web site, as well
as continuing in the efforts of the council to update the city’s master plan.

His favorite part of Nibley is the Blacksmith Fork river. “It’s such a unique characteristic for our city,” Hansen said.

Jon Carver grew up in Logan. After spending some time in California he and his family moved back to Cache Valley where they have resided
in Nibley for the last five years. If electedCarver will serve his first term as a member of the city council and says that in no way is he unhappy with the direction and programs of the current council.

Shortly after returning to Utah, Carver said, his oldest son was killed while serving in Iraq. Carver said that he and his family received strong community support from the citizens of Nibley and hopes repay his gratitude. “Nibley rallied around us and I want to give something back,” Carver said.

Carver’s goals, if elected, focus on development and securing the rights of landowners. His favorite part of Nibley is a “toss-up” between the citizens and the rural atmosphere.

Thayne Mickelson is a native of Lewiston and has lived in Nibley with his family for 20 years where he is now completing his first term as a city councilman. He has also lived in Oregon and Washington state, he said.

Mickelson said that there are three important items he intends to focus on if elected: fostering an understanding of private property lines; preserving agriculture and open space; and increasing programs for families and youth, such as workshops dealing “Just a variety of things that families may be struggling with,” Mickelson said of the programs he would like to implement.

Mickelson’s favorite thing about Nibley is all the people that he has learned to know, love, and appreciate.

Shaun Platt, a native of Warren in the Ogden area, has lived in
Nibley since 1997 where he moved while attending USU. If elected it will be his first term as a member of the city council.

Platt said that he finds the council “frustrating.” In his view, the council is more focused on incoming funds from housing and development and less concerned with the preservation of rural living and open space. “I am not opposed to growth and change, but it needs to be done in a more responsible manner and more respectful of its citizens,” Platt said via e-mail. “Our quality of life and our surroundings should be our priorities.”

Gerald Knight is seeking another term as mayor of Nibley and is currently unopposed. “It makes it a little easier,” Knight said, “but someone can
always run a write-in.”

Knight grew up in Cedar City and has lived in Nibley for the last 12 years. He said that if elected to another term he hopes to make the city more citizen-friendly, passing on as much information to the community as possible. He plans to update the general plan and look at the ordinances concerning land-use. One program he hopes to develop is the incorporation of open-space in new subdivisions. Under the program, developers would be given density bonuses to relinquish development in certain parcels, allowing them to create more lots in less space while still preserving open-space and limiting urban sprawl.

“We hope to enhance the beauty and character of Nibley; we’re constantly looking for new ways to do that,” Knight said. He said that his favorite thing about Nibly is the “beautiful view of both mountain ranges” that oppose each other in
Cache Valley.

For more information on candidates and their platforms, visit
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