Letter to the Editor: Response to "Qualifications"
My name is Jae Potter. I am a current Carbon County Commissioner.I am running for reelection on the November ballot.
In light of recent misunderstandings, I would like to share and clarify some facts with you concerning the Carbon County Commission and my personal business history.
Fact #1 The current county budget and a copy of last year's audit are available through the Carbon County Clerk's office. Please feel free to compare what has been spent by the current commissioners to previous commissioners. Commissioner Hopes, Commissioner Jones, and I have decreased the 2014 Carbon County budget by 2.5 million dollars.
Fact #2 The new Carbon County Administration Building is currently on time and on budget.
The current Carbon County Courthouse is still being used by Carbon County employees. Upon completion of the new Carbon County Administration Building, employees from four different locations will be housed under one roof, consolidating utilities and space for efficiency. There is a future for the old Carbon County Courthouse. Please continue reading the Sun Advocate for more information on the future of the 50-year-old building.
Fact #3 There are two concrete suppliers in Carbon County. Both maintain offices here, employ local citizens, and serve our community well. When the contract was awarded to Ascent Contractors, they choose the subcontractors and suppliers, based on bids.
Fact #4 EnerVest purchased assets from the Bill Barrett Corporation in 2013. They are currently drilling on the Tavaputs. For more information see the Sun Advocate, October 31, 2013.
Fact #5 Concerning the Senior Center, maintenance and weed control of the previous landscaping (2.88 acres) cost the county $19,000 per year. New landscaping (5.53 acres) of grass and trees costs the county $6,500 for maintenance per year. Water for the entire fairgrounds facilities is now delivered through a state of the art water system using county owned water shares. The grass, trees, and water system were paid for with grant money at no additional cost to the citizens of Carbon County. The Senior Center is a great addition to our community and a tribute to those that have built this county.
Fact #6. I have a business background. I spent 24 years as an owner operator of hotels in Price and St. George. My wife and I sold the Best Western Carriage House Inn seven years ago. In addition to being in the hotel business, I was President of Thrif-T Enterprises which owned and operated a grocery store, a motorcycle dealership, and food service operations. At one time we employed over 60 individuals and during the years of operations, these businesses employed hundreds of great employees. I was also involved in a sporting goods store in our area with other partners. We operated that business for five years. I have NEVER declared bankruptcy.
Fact #7 I graduated from Carbon High School in 1978. I graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration. I served as the President of the Utah Hotel and Lodging Association in 1994, Chairman of the Board in 1995, and a member of the Board of Directors from 1984-2002. I have been a leader in the Boy Scouts of America since 1985. In connection with my years in scouting I am Woodbadge trained as well as Philmont trained. I have served as a religious leader in our community for many years. I am also a Certified Hotel Administrator, a licensed real estate agent, and a licensed insurance agent.
Fact #8 I am married to Lisa and together we are the parents of four sons. My father-in-law is a retired teacher from the LDS Church Education System. We just celebrated his 80th birthday. My own father, who, with my mother, contributed a great deal to Carbon and Emery Counties' economy through their businesses, passed away in 2011. Neither my father nor my father-in-law, are employed by Carbon County or Ascent Construction.
I am happy to answer any questions concerning Carbon County. Please feel free to contact me directly.