New officers join Kearns Council
Two newly-elected members took their seats on the Kearns Community Council during the council’s first meeting of 2013 on Jan. 15. Glenn Gustafson, who won election as representative from the Bacchus District, and Alex Wiles, elected as an at-large representative, were sworn in by KCC chairperson Paula Larsen.
They were joined by incumbents Kathy Larrabee from South Kearns and Brett Helsten from Western Hills, who were re-elected in November. Another incumbent, at large representative Kent Markus, was absent but will be sworn in at a later date.
Both former chairman David Taylor and councilmember Marlon Brennan, neither of whom sought re-election, said their goodbyes to the council after several years of service.
“I think one of my proudest moments on the council was seeing the restoration of the Kearns Cannon corner,” Taylor said. “It’s been great to see the council and the community work together on this project. Once our memorial plaza is complete, it will be a fitting tribute to our veterans who’ve given so much for all of us.”
The cannon was forced to move from its long-time location at the gateway to the community, at 4015 West 5400 South, when the roadway was expanded and that intersection changed by the Utah Department of Transportation. The Kearns Veterans Memorial Plaza is being constructed in front of the Kearns Rec Center on Cougar Lane, where the cannon will be permanently placed once its restoration is complete.
“I’m also happy at the prospect of having our [Hometown Day] parade back this summer,” Taylor said. “We missed having it last year, and now we have a much wider route down 5400 South. We’ll have to throw that candy a little further to the kids sitting on the curbs this year.”
He also praised the KCC’s ability to forge new partnerships over the past few years with businesses and civic groups. Brennan echoed those thoughts, saying he’s “enjoyed the time working with this council, as well as so many in the county. I have always tried to do things that were in the best interest of the Kearns community, and I’m excited for the things I see in our future.”
The council’s slate of executive officers also changed with the new year. Larsen is chairperson, a position she’s served in many times before, with Roger Snow as vice-chair. Chrystal Butterfield will remain as treasurer, Gustafson will be secretary and Larrabee the agenda clerk.
The KCC meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, with the first meeting a business meeting and the second an executive session (both are open to the public). The next meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kearns Library auditorium.