Update from Mayor Elect 8-21-18

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Update from Mayor Elect 8-21-18

Since my first update on August 2, 2018, the council-elect has held public work sessions on August 7, August 14, and August 21.  With those work sessions have come many thoughtful comments and suggestions from the community which we are taking seriously in our planning. These work sessions cannot include “doing business” or “taking action” until such time as we officially take our offices but they have included such topics as talking about future adoption of Rules and Procedures for the council, a Code of Conduct for both the council and the public, the new Bluff elementary school and the old Bluff elementary school, and updates on the incorporation process.  The agendas and minutes are publicly posted at the usual posting places.

Brant Murray has been talking with a retired town manager and with a professor at Utah State University about how they may be of assistance to the town of Bluff after we are in office and after the “have to do right now” items have been addressed.

Individually, Linda Sosa, Luanne Hook, and Jim Sayers attended the Bluff Elementary School Meeting on August 7, 2018 and each reported back at the work session on August 14 the thoughts that they have about the new school building committee, the process, and the building itself.

Some of us have been attending the monthly Bluff Service Area Trustees meetings, the most recent August 8, 2018.  With the permission of the Chair and Trustees, I am helping coordinate a meeting that includes a representative of the Bluff Service Area, the San Juan County Roads department head, TetraTech (the engineers) and possibly Jackson (construction)  to resolve issues with the Calf Canyon Detention Pond project in east Bluff.

Linda Sosa attended the monthly Bluff Water Works meeting on Thursday, August 9, 2018 and I made a brief appearance and public comment to encourage the Bluff Water Works, the Bluff Service Area, the Bluff Volunteer Fire Department, and the soon-to-be town council to work together to collectively communicate information to the town.  Linda Sosa reported that Kirsten Ewing presented the Bluff Water Works with a protocol for communication.

I attended the first ever Rural Mayors Summit in Logan Utah on August 16 and 17, 2018.  This was sponsored by the Utah League of Cities and Towns and the information and resources presented were invaluable to me as a member of the council-elect and the community.  The Keynote Speaker was Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox.  There was a dinner beforehand in the Livery Stable of the American West Heritage Center.

I was able to network with other rural mayors and returned to Bluff energized with many new ideas and contacts.  And, it was heartening to hear other rural towns challenges and successes and to see that those towns have been sustainable and thrive. And thanks to those in Bluff that made this trip to Logan possible without having to spend down any of the Bluff, Incorporated donations.  The last night of the trip was spent in Salt Lake City and included dinner with Bob Springmeyer, Bluff’s incorporation feasibility consultant, and his wife, Gwen Springmeyer.  Bob made an introduction of me to the Alta Club members as “the first mayor of Bluff.” Many questions from members, the most common of which was “where is Bluff?”

I have saved the best update for last.  On August 9, 2018, the Lt. Governor of Utah issued Bluff’s Certificate of Incorporation and, once all of the other documentation was received, those documents were filed by me with the San Juan County Recorder on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 11:10:51 a.m.  Bluff will be incorporated on the last day of the month of August 2018.  The council-elect has targeted Thursday, September 6, 2018 as our public administration of the “Oath of Office.”  Stay tuned for the official invitation!

Thank you for all of the support we have been privy to over the past 2 plus years to get Bluff to this point. We could not have become a “town” without all of your efforts and help.

Bluff’s Mayor-Elect

Ann K. Leppanen

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