Russell B. Willardson, assistant city engineer since November 1984, was appointed Thursday night as West Valley City public works director.
Recommended by City Manager John D. Newman, Willardson was named by the City Council to fill a vacancy created by the recent death of M. Glenn Weaver.Council members approved a resolution honoring Weaver for his service to the city as public works director and city engineer since the city's incorporation eight years ago.
And the council named the District 2 Park, now under construction, after Weaver, whose family was present for the meeting. The site will be known as the Glenn Weaver Memorial Park.
In his new position Willardson will have overall responsibility for city streets, storm drainage, sanitation, garbage collection, parks and maintenance of city vehicles.
In other business, Newman presented the 1988-89 budget to the council, which scheduled a work session on the document from noon to 6 p.m. April 20.
The council set a 6 p.m. April 21 public hearing on a proposed $4-a-month garbage collection fee. The hearing will be held in the City Council chambers.
A decision hasn't been made on who would collect the fee. Several proposals, including having Salt Lake County collect the fee, have been presented. The cost of garbage collection is now being paid from existing city revenues; the $4 fee would be in addition to those funds.
"A decision has not been made, and we want to hear what the public wants to say," said Mayor Pro Tem Claude L. Jones.
Willardson, who was born in Tooele and reared in Richfield, has been employed by West Valley City since 1983. Before being named as assistant city engineer he was a design engineer for the city. He is a 1980 Brigham Young University civil engineering graduate. He and his wife, the former Karen Ameling of Seal Beach, Calif., have four children. The family resides in West Jordan.