2009 Election: Mike Morrill profile

<em>Editor’s note: CacheValleyDaily.com sent a questionnaire to all of the candidates for mayor and municipal council in Logan. We will publish the responses as we receive them.</em>

<strong>Candidate: Mike MorrillPosition: Logan mayor</strong>

<strong>The following information was submitted by a representative of Mike Morrill’s campaign after the Primary Election.</strong>

Questionnaire sent by Mike Morrill to all Logan City department heads and current elected officials on august 08, 2009: Questionnaire for Logan City Department Directors and City Councilpersons:Dear Logan City government leader,As you may be aware, I am seeking the position of Logan City’s mayor in this upcoming election season. As a city leader, your unique perspective of Logan City’s current and future needs is very important to me. I’m hoping that you are willing to share with me any insights that you might have about Logan City government. This can be done directly, by replying to this e-mail, or anonymously, by visiting my website and clicking on “e-mail Mike”, whichever is most comfortable for you. Whichever the case, please know that I will treat your message with discretion and complete confidentiality. Please feel free to give me a piece of your mind and your heart. Listed below are nine sample questions that I hope you may be able to answer. Please feel free, also, to answer other questions that I have not been wise enough to ask.1. What are your key issues?2. What are the biggest problems you see over the next 10 years?3. What are the biggest current problems?4. What absolutely essential services does your department provide?5. How might we achieve additional budget savings or trimming?6. What have you done successfully in the past to become more efficient?7. How can the Mayor better support you and your departments efforts?8. How might we increase the city budget without raising taxes? 9. What are your top priorities for the next one, two, three years, and why?Questionnaire sent from Mike Morrill to over 600 Logan City employees on August 08, 2009: Questionnaire for Logan City employees:Dear Logan City employee,As you may be aware, I am seeking the position of Logan City’s mayor in this upcoming election season. As a city employee, your unique perspective of Logan City’s current and future needs is very important to me. I’m hoping that you are willing to share with me any insights that you might have about running the City. This can be done directly, by replying to this e-mail, or anonymously, by visiting my website and clicking on “e-mail Mike”, whichever is most comfortable for you. Whichever the case, please know that I will treat your message with discretion and complete confidentiality. Please feel free to give me a piece of your mind and your heart. Listed below are nine sample questions that I hope you may be able to answer. Please feel free, also, to answer other questions that I have not been wise enough to ask.1. What are your key issues?2. What are the biggest problems you see over the next 10 years?3. What are the biggest current problems?4. What absolutely essential services does your department provide?5. How might we achieve additional budget savings or trimming?6. What have you done successfully in the past to become more efficient?7. How can the Mayor better support you and your departments efforts?8. How might we increase the city budget without raising taxes? 9. What are your top priorities for the next one, two, three years, and why? I may request your director to arrange a face-to-face meeting with you to further discuss these issues.

<strong>The below information was submitted prior to the Primary Election</strong>

<strong>1. Why did you file as a candidate for city service?</strong>

I filed as a candidate for Logan City Mayor because I love Logan, and I feel that my business experience will benefit our city during these challenging times.

<strong>2. What do you feel are the key issues facing Logan in the next four years?</strong>

1. Park strip issue.2. Rising costs of city utilities.

<strong>3. Please describe one or two examples of decisions made by city leaders in the past five years that you disagree with, explain why you disagreed and how you would have handled the situation if you were serving in an elected position at the time.</strong>

One example of a decision made by city leaders with which I strongly disagree, is the attempt to solve our community park strip issues with a blanket law that ignores prior use parking and access rights. I fundamentally disagree with the current approach and will fight to remedy this with an appropriate grandfather clause protecting property owners.Another example is when our encumbent mayor recently disavowed all responsibility by Logan City for the canal failure.

<strong>4. Please describe one or two examples of decisions made by city leaders in the past five years that you completely agreed with and supported, and if the issue is a lingering issue, you would continue to support if elected.</strong>

I agree with and support garbage and recycling collection by Logan City for Cache County residents as well as Logan Library resource sharing. In addition, I will support weekly rather than bi-weekly recycling due to high volume.

<strong>5. Describe in your words what you believe the role of city government is.</strong>

Get and keep invasive government out of our lives, by applying common sense community solutions.

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