Candidate profiles for Monticello City offices
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Voting districts to be determined by “Special Master” sent by judge
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New voting districts will be in place by mid-December for the San Juan County Commission and the San Juan School District. The boundaries for the districts, however, have yet to be determined. Federal Judge Robert Shelby recently appointed Dr. Bernard Grofman to serve as a “Special Master” in the creation of the new voting district boundaries. Grofman is instructed to work with attorneys on both sides of the federal lawsuit to create the districts. Judge Shelby intends to finalize the boundaries by December 15 so they will be in place for the 2018 elections. The Navajo Nation sued San Juan County in 2012, arguing that the voting districts violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Shelby previously ruled that the district boundaries should be adjusted. He recently rejected the adjusted voting boundaries that were established by San Juan County for the 2016 election. The previous boundaries had been established in the late 1980s after a civil rights lawsuit. As a result of the new districts, Native American candidates were elected to represent several individual districts in the county. However, despite the fact that Native Americans make up approximately 50 percent of the population of San Juan County, there has never been more than one Native American on the three member Commission, or more than two Native Americans on the five-member school board. Dr. Grofman will have a difficult task balancing the many competing elements in the remarkably diverse and sprawling county. Some of the complicating factors include the separate communities with different demographic characteristics, isolated communities, and distinct voting precincts. There are 20 precincts in San Juan County and it is likely that several precincts will be in more than one voting district. According to the Washington Post, Dr. Grofman is a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. He is a specialist on redistricting whose work has been cited in nearly a dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases. Most recentl,y he served as the special master to a federal-district court responsible for the redrawing of the lines of Virginia’s Third Congressional District after it had been declared unconstitutional.
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Mill lawsuit dismissed
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A lawsuit against Energy Fuels, which operates the White Mesa uranium mill south of Blanding, has been dismissed by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups dismissed the case, ruling that previously reported radon emissions from one of the mill’s tailings cells did not violate environmental regulations. The cell in question is no longer receiving new tailings. Regulators initially thought that the cell was receiving active waste from the mill. It has not reeived new materials since 2008. The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by the Grand Canyon Trust after the mill had reported radon emissions from the tailings cell. State regulators required the mill to increase the depth of the cover on top of the tailings cell to stop the radon emissions and ordered increased monitoring of the cell to ensure the remedy had worked.
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Craig Leavitt for Monticello Mayor
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My name is Craig Leavitt, candidate for mayor of Monticello. I am married to Dorothy Taylor Leavitt. We have three children, eight grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. I moved to Monticello in 1962 and graduated from Monticello High School in 1968. I served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972. After leaving the Army, I returned to Monticello. Work experience: 5 years San Juan County Roads - Heavy equipment operator 6 years Utah Department Transportation - Equipment operator 9 years Utah Department Transportation - Station Supervisor 10 years Utah Department Transportation - Area Supervisor Training and Qualification: Area Supervisor responsibilities: Managed multi-million dollar budgets for UDOT Supervised over 30 employees Maintenance supervisor of state highways in San Juan, Grand and Emery counties. Wrote specifications for maintenance contracts . Ten years on Price District Equipment Committee. Training in employee relations and conflict resolution. Experience in traffic control and construction inspection. Knowledge of material specifications and application. Involved in negotiations with the Department of Energy on supplemental standards for both the city and UDOT. City and civic experience: Served on the Monticello City Council for ten years. Worked with DOE and EPA on Monticello vicinity properties and mill site cleanup. Served on Victims of Mill Tailing Exposure Committee Committee member and volunteer for Veterans Memorial. Helped with the restoration of the Big Four Tractor. First hand experience of golf course operation and maintenance (my father, Grant Leavitt was a golf pro for 50 years.) Goals and objectives: Monticello needs to grow. I think the number one issue for growth in Monticello is water. Water resources are limited therefore, water rights are limited so we need to set aside funds to purchase when available and seek funding for expanded storage. City streets need to be built and maintained for optimum life span. I am also concerned about repeating past mistakes and expenditures instead of relying on institutional knowledge of previous City Councils that have been forgotten or ignored. I believe government should be representative of the citizens and be transparent in all of its dealings and should provide necessary services for all. Since our financial resources are limited we need to use them wisely and taxes need to be kept as low as possible. I am retired and have the time to serve. I feel I have the qualifications and motivation to be mayor. I would appreciate your vote on November 7.
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