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Growing Business

Growing Business

Businesses are the lifeblood of our economy in Heber City. I have been a small business owner in this valley for over 30 years and this experience helps me to better understand what businesses need in order to thrive.

Companies like to vet out cities like Heber; we are being vetted out all the time to see if coming to Heber is a viable option. Companies spend a lot of money collecting data and information to aid them in the decision-making process.  These data miners not only know how the residents are spending their money, but what credit cards they use.

Companies interested in moving to Heber or expanding a business that is here currently will look for land that is prepared.  They will also evaluate building availability, city amenities, services, culture of the city, and how quickly they can move through the city’s planning and permitting process.

To make our city more business-friendly and attractive to new and existing businesses, I asked the city to develop 38 acres of land at the airport industrial park. This development will not only provide more space for larger businesses, but it will also provide an incubator building for small businesses that are just starting out.

Opposition to Rezoning

Opposition to Rezoning

One of the most important issues we face is the protection of your rights as an American Citizen.  I have worked hard to ensure that these individual liberties remain intact.  Last year when the City Council tried to pass a form based code that would significantly restrict private property rights, I personally went door to door to families and businesses informing and warning them of how this code was going to take away their rights and change our City to be like a socialistic European city.  I encouraged citizens to come to the public hearing to express their opinions. I wrote a letter in the Wave and tried to explain to the public what the council was doing.  If the citizens had not shown up, certain members of the city council would have passed the form based code. This is the power you have as citizens when you knit together and express your views to your elected officials. If you look back at the actions taken by council members at that time, it becomes clear who actually supported this legislation. I would encourage you to look at what Council member Potter did in particular as she is also running for office, or perhaps more accurately, what she did not do to stop this legislation before it came to a vote.

Airport Expansion

Airport Expansion

I do not support the expansion of the airport. My feelings have never changed on what kind of airport I would like to see the city have from the time my Uncle Russell had his P-51 Mustang out there. I want the airport to continue to house small aircraft like my uncle Russell’s P-51 Mustang, not commercial jets.

Unfortunately, recent actions by city council members like Councilwoman Potter have entered the City into a perpetual agreement with the FAA that will eventually lead to airport expansion. I did not support the City Council’s vote to purchase the Maverick property. I told members of the council that it was only a recommendation from the FAA to buy the property and that the city did not have to purchase the property.  The vote by certain City Council Members to purchase the Maverick property came at great cost to Heber City.  When this purchase was made, not only did the city lose over $150,000 in sales tax a year from the loss of the Maverick station, but it entered the city into a perpetual agreement with the FAA and opened the door for The FAA to force the city to go to a C2 airport.  Despite claims to the contrary, there were no safety or property density issues with the property and the gas tanks would have been buried underground. I would not have voted for the purchase of the Maverick property, like Council Member Potter.