Farewell comments by Mayor Toni Turk
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It has been my great privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Blanding as their Mayor over the past decade. I have treated this opportunity as a Sacred Trust. In advancing the interests of our City, I have also taken on other assignments, including:

Transitions Board of Directors – Chair

San Juan County Higher Education Advisory Board – Chair

San Juan County Health Service District Board of Directors – Member

San Juan County Homeless Coordination Committee – Chair

Southeastern Utah Housing Authority – Commissioner

While traveling extensively on City business, I never asked for travel reimbursement.

Blanding City Major Achievements (2004-2013) – a team effort of Mayor, Council, Administration and Others:

Communications – Cell Tower; Fiber Optics

Education (USU Blanding) – Administration Building, Adult Learning Center, Dorms, Health Science Building, Library, Maintenance Building, Student Center

Fire – Fire Truck Purchase, Station Expansion

Health – Blue Mountain Hospital

Housing – Crown Homes, Grayson Apartments, New Sub-Divisions, Self-Help Homes

Police – Peace Keeping Balanced with Law Enforcement

Recreation – Park Improvements (Centennial, Central, Pioneer, Skate, Walter C. Lyman); Recreational-Use Annexation of Public Land; Wellness Center

Tourism – Centennial Celebration (2005), Local Expenditure of TRT Funds, Main Street Beautification, Tesla recharging station

Transportation – Airport Improvements ($1.7M); Road Improvements ($5.3M)

Veterans Memorial – Physical Building and Online Memorial

Water – Blue Mountain Tunnel Restoration, Deep Wells, In-Town Waterline Upgrades, Mountain Pipeline Replacement, New Water Treatment Plant, Storm Water

Blanding City Fiscal Status (2004-2013):

Reduced Overall Debt

Significantly Increased Savings – for future major infrastructure projects

Reduced Property Tax Rate nine out of ten budgets

Blanding Mayor Initiatives

Appointments – City Administrator, City Judge, Fire Chief, Police Chief

Fire – Fire Truck Purchase ($325K)

Police – Peace Keeping Balanced with Law Enforcement

Water – Mountain Pipeline Replacement ($2M)

Veterans Memorial – Physical Building and Online Memorial ($35K plus over 1000 hours of effort)

Requests from Citizen Turk to the incoming Mayor and Council:

Please continue advocacy for USU – Blanding and collaborative efforts with the Edge of the Cedars Museum to develop the annexed land adjacent to the college to develop an archeology program

Please continue advocacy for the return of San Juan County Anasazi artifact collections to Blanding

Please continue progressive infrastructure & economic development

Please continue protection of individual home owner rights through vigilant support of zoning ordinances

Please continue equal enforcement of the law without preference or prejudice

Please continue zero tolerance for illegal drugs and alcohol offenses

Please continue to maintain the Blanding Veterans Memorial

Please celebrate the City’s Incorporation Centennial in 2016

In conclusion, I would like to pay special tribute to two Councilmen and one former Councilman who died in the tragic plane crash in August, 2008 – Brian Bayles, Eric Johnson & Kim Acton – and to Fire Chief Kent Hawkins who died suddenly in January, 2011.

I would also like to honor those that died in either Iraq or Afghanistan, who died for us all: Quinn A. Keith, James E. Thode, Nathan L. Winder and Jason Workman.

Finally, I would like to thank our citizens for having afforded me the opportunity to serve. Thanks!!!!
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