President Bush is scheduled to visit Salt Lake City on July 14, Salt Lake County Commissioner Mike Stewart said Thursday after a meeting at the White House.
Bush is to address the annual convention of the National Association of Counties, of which Stewart is president. About 6,000 officials from counties nationwide are expected at that convention."The president now has us on his calendar. We just hope that nothing comes up that could pre-empt that," Stewart said, who added that the Persian Gulf war makes all scheduling difficult.
Stewart said tentative plans are for the president to address county officials in the Tabernacle on Sunday, July 14, after the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's weekly radio program.
"That would be about a week after the choir will have returned from a tour of Eastern Europe, and the president could thank them," Stewart said.
Stewart said the nation's counties also plan to present the president with "3,100 points of light" - a book highlighting the efforts of a volunteer from each of the nation's 3,100 counties. Bush refers to efforts of volunteers as "1,000 points of light" in his speeches.
Stewart said he plans to send friendly reminder notes to the White House every month or so to ensure Bush's date in Utah is not forgotten.
He said such notes will remind the president that Utah gave him the largest margin of any state in the 1988 election (and his 1980 and 1984 wins as vice president), and that the 1988 Utah Caucuses gave him enough delegates to the Republican National Convention to clinch his nominatation.
Also scheduled for the July 14-16 convention to give a keynote speech is Enivronmental Protection Agency Administator William Reilly, Stewart said.
Stewart said he hopes to arrange tours for Reilly of the Sharon Steel tailings hazardous waste site in Midvale, the cleaned-up Vitro uranium mill tailings site in South Salt Lake and environmental laboratories in Salt Lake County.