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Mayors emphasize teamwork to improve community
by BY TOM BUSSELBERG
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BOUNTIFUL MAYOR JOE JOHNSON shares a light-hearted moment with retired educator and community vlunteer Jean Madsen.                 Photo by Tom Busselberg | Davis Clipper
BOUNTIFUL MAYOR JOE JOHNSON shares a light-hearted moment with retired educator and community vlunteer Jean Madsen. Photo by Tom Busselberg | Davis Clipper
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BOUNTIFUL — Teamwork often gets more accomplished than chipping away at an issue independently would.

That was among the messages several Davis County mayors raised during the annual Mayors’ Luncheon at the Davis Chamber of Commerce meeting. It was held last week at the Wight House in downtown Bountiful.

“In early December, we had a terrible windstorm,” Centerville Mayor Ron Russell recalled. “We stepped up and we took care of it.”

Centerville was arguably the city that sustained the most damage. In its case, help was provided by the cities of Bountiful, Layton and Woods Cross, along with the Utah National Guard Р and hundreds of local volunteers, the mayor said.

“It showed what kind of people we have in our community,” Russell said.

“It was cleaned up within a matter of days,” for the most part, he said.

That teamwork can also mean bringing a neighborhood together for good, Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson said. 

He recounted a situation which arose a few years ago in a neighborhood in his city. 

There was a homeowner who had been working on remodeling his home for probably a dozen years, Johnson said. He came to the city council asking for an extension on getting the work done.

The neighborhood was enlisted to help beautify the man’s yard Р an issue that had raised ire with those same people, Johnson said.

“Money was collected, sod was purchased, trees were watered, the yard cleaned up,” he said. 

Although the interior of the house is still not complete, neighbors are pleased with how the yard looks and are now getting along with this neighbor, Johnson said.

 Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt talked of the many contributions to development of the old Clover Club Potato Chip property into a park.

For more information check out the Sept.27 edition of Davis Clipper. 

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