BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
FRUIT HEIGHTS — Mayor Todd Stevenson announced his decision to not seek another term, at the city council meeting on June 4.
“I think it’s good to have change,” Stevenson told the Clipper on June 5. “New people come in with new ideas ... it’s good to give someone else an opportunity.”
Stevenson has served two four-year terms as mayor. Prior to his time leading the city, he served six years on the city council.
“I’ve very, very much enjoyed it,” said Stevenson. “It will be sad to leave but at some point you just have to.”
He was recently called as bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, something that helped him cement a decision he was already considering, he said.
Also in Tuesday’s meeting, the council reviewed a proposed city budget, which is expected to be formally adopted at their next meeting, June 18.
“The city’s well managed,” said Stevenson. “We’re keeping expenses in check and we’re hopeful that things will continue to go that way.”
The city’s total operating budget for its general fund is $1,673,000, a reduction of $58,000 from last year’s budget.
It will include a cost of living increase, likely between 2 and 2.5 percent, according to Brandon Green, city manager. It will also include some merit increases, said Stevenson.
The city is moving forward with a plan to offer curbside recycling to residents at a cost of $3.95 per can. The city council approved a $1.05 reduction in the cost of the first garbage can, from $14.55 to $13.50, and a similar increase in the cost of a second can, from $8.45 to $9.50.
An open house will be held on the recycling option in early July, said Green. The city hopes for 60 percent participation in curbside recycling. Another hauler, Mountain West Recycling, also offers recycling to city residents and has aggressively sought to keep customers by distributing cans, offering price flexibility and promising a donation to city parks.