My first goal is to improve transparency within the city government. If we are to be effective as a city council, we must be as open as possible with the citizens of Layton.
I have spoken to citizens who would like to attend city council meetings, but due to time constraints or other obligations are not able to participate in person. I suggested that we broadcast the sessions live most said they would be able to watch it in that case.
We will start with the City Council Meetings. I want to get this done right away. The technology is there now.
We also need to work on the city website to make it more user-friendly. My background in municipal government includes technology. I know what is possible with existing technology. We can explore new technology to ensure that the data available to the public in such a way that it is easy to access and easy to understand.
The city is going to grow that is good for us. I want to make sure that we manage that growth in such a way that we maintain Layton's small town feel. As we grow we need to make sure we are preserving the safety of our community.
We are going to continue building High density housing. There is value in it for current and new residents. But I am concerned that we are building to many of these high density developments.
I will also look at raising impact fees. So they do what they are supposed to do. With growth comes the need for more fire Stations and new firefighting equipment to maintain the level of service our public safety agencies are providing now.
We can not use Impact fees to increase services but they can and should be used to maintain them. Impact fees in Utah are typically lower than they are in the rest of the country.
Make Layton more attractive to businesses. The I-15 corridor is ideal for increased commerce. We are the largest city in Davis County and with our location we should be have our choice of business that choose to locate here.
This does not mean that we give the city to any business that has interest in locating here.
Why did we loose the opportunity for Costco what other business opportunities have we lost and why.
I think we have a great opportunity on Main street near the train station. I understand that is an ideal place to an outdoor walk-able market place. With Restaurants, shopping and high density residential. It would be a great place for some small locally owned mom and pop shops. People from all over the Wasatch front can take the train to Layton to enjoy themselves. That close to the station they would not need to drive and add to traffic congestion.
I realize you do not have a lot of time so I do my best to organize this site so you can see what you are looking for quickly. If you want to see where I stand on the common issues click on the issues button at the top of the screen. If I had a motto for my campaign it would be "Just Ask". Prior to deciding to run for city council I spent a lot of time going to city council meetings and City Council work meetings. I would then share this information on various Facebook pages. The Motto of Just ask goes well with my belief that government should be transparent. Municipal government should do what ever it can to ensure the citizens are informed. That openness breeds trust between the government and the citizens.
I first moved to Utah in 1988. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with Utah and a sweet young lady who would become my wife. We have four children and 8 grandchildren with the 9th due in September.
My Wife Utauna (Taunie) Cavanaugh Born in SLC lives in Layton
Shaun Cavanaugh Born SLC Lives in Layton
Shane Cavanaugh Born SLC Lives in Cedar Rapids IA
Zachary Cavanaugh Born SLC Lives in Layton
Caitlin Kennedy Born SLC Lives in South Salt Lake.
I have over 30 years experience working in Public Safety and with Municipal Government. I joined the United States Coast Guard out of High School. After my enlistment, I became a Deputy Sheriff in Tulare County, California. After moving to Utah I worked for Valley Emergency Communications in Salt Lake County as a dispatcher and data coordinator. From there, I went to work for a software company working with Public Safety agencies all over the United States and Canada. In 2009 I moved to Portland, Maine and managed the Portland Regional 911 Center.
In 2015 we decided it was time to return home to Utah. We looked all over the Wasatch Front for the ideal place to purchase a home and continue raising our family. We found Layton to be the city of choice.
I attended the California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California.
I also attended DeVry University where I studied Technical Management.
Why should you vote for me?
I have spent 30 years working in and around municipal governments. Most of that was in Public Safety. I have been a Deputy Sheriff, Corrections Officer, 911 operator/dispatcher, and a 911 Center Manager. I have worked with city councils, negotiated contracts, managed federal grants. I have also testified before State Legislators to change laws to protect citizens. It would be my pleasure to serve the people of Layton.
Layton is going through a lot of growth right now. We need someone like me who has gone through this before. I feel like there are significant risks to building, so many condominiums and townhouses. What are the long-range dangers to our property values and our safety?
Layton is one of the more diverse communities in Utah. We need a city council with varied experience.
A vote for me will bring my experience to the Layton City council as well as my passion for serving the community.
Vote Tom Cavanaugh for Layton City Council.
A couple of days ago, someone asked me a question about being a home town hero. The problem was should an elected city official be considered as a home town hero. That was a difficult question to answer because there are citations where people working for the city government are heroes every day. Take, for example, a police officer. In my opinion, Police Officers are Home Town heroes every day. In their day to day work. Whether it's pulling over a traffic violator or responding on an active family fight, two of the most dangerous things a police officer does, these also happen to be things they do a lot.
Alternatively, consider firefighters who run into a burning building or render emergency aid at the side of a busy highway. Then there is the unsung and rarely seen hero. The 911 operator/dispatcher. They are the calm voice on the other end of the phone when a child is scared because mommy and daddy are fighting. They also provide lifesaving instructions over the 911 operator is never seen, but they are the first, first responder.
So how is the Officer issuing a citation a hero? That vehicle the Officer pulled over may be the same one operated by an intoxicated driver who would have killed a family a few blocks down the road. The Officer may have just stopped a speeding car from racing through a busy intersection.
It is the responsibility of the city council to ensure the safety of the community. The city council can help with this by supporting all of our first responders with the training and equipment they need to their job. It is also the city councils responsibility to ensure these heroes get to go home at the end of their shift.
I began a life of service on February 2, 1982 when I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. It was the first step in a life of service
Layton is facing explosive growth. This is good for the city if it is managed correctly. Is the current path right for Layton? It is up to the Layton City Council to make sure it is managed correctly. Election 2019 is important to the future of Layton.
Layton has a lot to offer, spectacular views, great people, diversity, the sound of freedom, and great opportunities just to name a few. Make sure your new Layton City Council preserves what you love about Layton. Are you ready for the 2019 Election?
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