Ruth S. Johnson
BLANDING CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE
Since announcing my candidacy for City Council in June, I have attended all but two council meetings. Do you know what I’ve learned at these meetings? I have learned that there is much to be learned in order to be an effective councilperson, which is what I plan to do.
Reinforced at these meetings is the fact that Blanding is a very special place and that it takes a lot of dedicated people to maintain what we are blessed to have. Thank you to our and Mayor and Council, City Manager, Finance Director, City Engineer, Community Dev. Director, and our Police Force now, and in years past. Naturally, there have been bumps in the road along the way, there always will be, but because of good people who serve, those bumps can and have been smoothed out. Look what we have! This is a wonderful place to live, start a family, raise children and grandchildren, and grow old - there is not one place in this world I would rather live, than right here in San Juan County.
If you have traveled much and seen other small towns, in state and out, you know that Blanding is pretty unique. We have curb and gutter on almost all of our streets in town and streetlights on nearly every corner. We have a lot of sidewalks and where there are not sidewalks there are decent size streets to the curb. We have many resources of water that have been built and acquired through the years, to sustain us through the effects of living in a desert.
Do I have concerns? Yes. As stated before, my passion and primary concern is water. I believe that there are many people, including Papa (Don Smith), that no longer “reside” in Blanding, but are looking on, that must be thrilled with the Dry Wash Dam that is almost completed. Third and Fourth Reservoirs, Starvation, Recapture, Dry Wash, the Tunnel, the pipelines, the city wells - wow! Water is “moving” in the right direction, but we should never think that is sufficient!
Do I have questions? Yes. There has been a lot done in our community toward beautification on Main Street with the trees and flower pots and with curb and gutter on the side streets, but is it possible to do more? Is there anything that can be done about the vacant buildings and lots on Main Street and the web worms in the trees on city and private land? As a council member, I would like to further discuss these questions.
Learning is something we never outgrow, it would be an honor to serve on the City Council.