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What’s your beef? Logan seeks feedback on neighborhood concerns

March 3rd, 2013 Posted in Opinion

LOGAN—The city of Logan has organized a series of neighborhood meetings to get citizen input on city government actions and issues confronting residents on a neighborhood level.

James Olson, the director of the city’s Community Development Block Grant office, coordinates the Neighborhood Council meetings, and has put together a summary of the issues residents discussed with city offices.

“It’s our hope that residents who didn’t attend realize just how much got covered in these meetings, and that they come to participate in May,” Olson said. “We also want people who were there to make sure we didn’t miss any of the major themes.”

More than 220 Logan residents turned out for the meetings, he said, a happy change from meetings when there were more Logan staff at the meetings than citizens.

Olson hopes to double attendance at meetings set for May. “We want to set new attendance records in every neighborhood,” he said. “There is so much benefit to the city by having active and engaged neighborhoods.”

After January meetings, Olson says, the city has already started making improvements.

• In response to requests for better lighting and sidewalks, the Community Development Department has proposed double the amount of block grant funds for sidewalks, he said.

• Some property owners complained about neighbors who failed to shovel sidewalks after recent snowstorms, he said, and the city has increased code enforcement, and created a “Clear the Way Winter Challenge,” which Olson says has attracted dozens of solutions on snow removal issues.

• In addition, he said, the city is developing an impact study in response to effects of major road construction projects in neighborhoods.

• Woodruff neighborhood residents complained about noise from air brakes, and the Logan City Council is considering an ordinance to reduce noise.

“Resident feedback is not limited to the neighborhood meetings only,” Olson said, urging residents to contact city council members or his office any time that have neighborhood concerns. “We are especially interested in knowing how we can make May neighborhood meetings even better.”

Olson’s email address is james.olson@loganutah.org and his office phone is 435-716-9008.


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