East Carbon city council
I am an incumbent running for East Carbon's four-year council position.
I was born in Idaho, raised in Dragerton/East Carbon since age four. Attended school first through 10th grade at the Dragerton Elementary and Junior High School. I went one year to Carbon High. My class was the first to graduate from the East Carbon High School. I was married two years after school to Dominic Zaccaria, have two sons, Tony and Nick. I married Lonnie Lopez, have a daughter and step-daughter, Tracy and Alice, two granddaughters, three grandsons, and one great-grandson. While my kids attended high school, I was the East Carbon's Booster Club secretary. I have been president of the ECWBA at the Sunnybowl.
I graduated from CEU with an associate degree. I also graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in psychology and minor in computer programs. I worked at CEU for 17 years and I was a TAC for USU Price campus for six years.
My interest in politics began when I took an American History class at CEU and learned that what they teach you in high school is very different than what you learn from a professor in college. When I took a political science class at CEU, I started to understand what happens between national, state and local government and the way people consider local politics to be not as important as national offices.
When you are in politics, you are representing the majority of the people, not just a few or yourself. You have to look at each issue, listen to the people, and then make the best choice for the interest of the majority. This is what I have strived to do and will continue to do if I am re-elected on November 6.
I'm Andy Urbanik and have lived in Carbon County for over 35 years, 30 years of which were in East Carbon. I proudly attended Petersen Elementary and graduated from East Carbon High School. No matter where I have been, or where my travels may have taken me, this has been and always will be home. My wife Tina and I have chosen to raise our five children here and that sparks a huge interest in becoming an active part of this community.
I'm a team player who believes it takes a village to raise a child and a council who will listen to the concerns of the people while working together to reach common goals; a council who will find a way to work with our neighboring communities as well as encourage positive relationships with businesses both old and new. Being a local business owner I want to see this town prosper. By developing a simple marketing plan we can bring more tourism to our area, attract new business, thus adding city revenue and helping to take some of the burden off of the residents.
When elected to the East Carbon city council, I will be an asset, bringing a new dimension to our team. I believe my 20+ years in customer service listening to people and managing multi million dollar budgets, the ability to be creative, access grants/funding for educational and secure employment opportunities and positive business relationships throughout Utah are all essential qualities. I'm detail oriented with strong presentation, negotiation, and closing skills. I work well with all levels of management, city, county, state and federal officials. We need to continue providing a fun and safe place to live, work and play for many generations to come. This is not my town or your town; this is our town.
I was appointed to the East Carbon city council by the present members when another council member quit the position in September 2006. Since that time I have been instrumental in getting a few projects accomplished that are important to the city. They include:
Arranged to have the old Bicentennial Building roofed at no cost to the city.
Worked with Questar Gas to receive two carbon monoxide testers for the fire department
Had the homeland securities mobile radios programmed and installed in the fire trucks.
Had a water tank installed in the old army truck and taken to be sandblasted and repainted for use as a water truck for wildland fire personnel.
Worked on getting the old Rasmussen property cleared of contaminated soil by applying for a Brown fields grant. This is still ongoing with Department of Environmental Quality.
Was able to sell old fuel tanks at the Rasmussen property and put the money into the city fire depaartment fund.
At present I am working with Sunnyside to get access to the old pump house property in Range Creek. This will allow us to check the water flows.
I was born in Carbon County and grew up in East Carbon, the son of a coal miner. I worked for GSL in Ogden for 33 years, then retired and moved here to be close to my mother and get away from the hustle and bustle of northern Utah. My wife and I are committed to working with the mayor and city council to make this an even greater place to live.
Our area has lots of potential and we will do what we can to improve the image of our community and attract business to the area.
Columbia and East Carbon City deserve a city council member that represents the people of East Carbon and Columbia, not the self serving needs of the council we have now. I will be that person if elected on Nov. 6.
Our communities desperately need to solicit and bring new economic development and business into Columbia and East Carbon City, which will add to our tax base and employment and keep citizen's from having to pay higher taxes/fees. That is just the opposite position the council is taking now by making it difficult or impossible for new economic growth of any kind. My past experience can and will be a large asset to accomplish and change this quotidian situation.
We must continue our community clean-up policy set into effect last year. Although it appears to be going slowly, many improvements have been accomplished and must continue. I agree there remains much left to be done, here again; my experience and education will work for you.
Activities for our senior citizens and children must also be developed. ATV and walking trails constructed, supervised competitions and nightly activities planned and set into place keeping our children off the streets and out of trouble, family participation programs established by working with our church's and school leaders. Changing our image from a bickering community into a positive community everyone can be proud of, develop and promote tourism, update our antediluvian city ordinance regarding appearance, animal control and slum landlords, all a possibility to improve our communities.
I'm sure you have additional suggestions to tell me. I'll be there full time to listen and act on each of them. Your vote will put my experience and education to work for you.
Jerry O. D. Lemon
I have lived in the Sunnyside, East Carbon areas for 61 years. I attended elementary in the old rock Sunnyside School adjacent to the Sunnyside mines. Then I attended the middle school that was located where the East Carbon post office is presently located. I attended East Carbon High School and graduated in 1963. I attended Weber State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in engineering technology with a minor in business management.
I served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 through 1969 and served in the Vietnam war.
I married Kathryn Allred in 1969, living and raising our three children in the East Carbon community. My wife taught at East Carbon High School until it was closed down, then she retired. I worked a short period of time at both the Sunnyside Mines, and the Horse Canyon mine. I then joined Mine Safety Health Administration and worked there over 30 years. I retired with the government last year.
I have spent the majority of my life in the three communities of Sunnyside, East Carbon and Columbia. I'm proud of this area, and I enjoy living in Carbon County. The people in Carbon County are great people, and I would not choose to live anywhere else.
I'm running for East Carbon city council to try to give something back, for all the good days I have had living my life in this area. I'm not going to say that I'm better than past council members, as they all have done a great job in my estimation.
I will do my best to contribute to the progress of our city. Please vote for the candidates that will work hard for you and your city.