City Councilman Harvey Cahoon summarized a brief but eventful two years as he gave his swan song address to the City Council Tuesday.
Saying unanimity has been the rule rather than the exception with the council, Cahoon said West Jordan's staff and elected officials run the city better than most managers run local businesses. "Citizens should be confident they are getting a good benefit from their tax dollar."Cahoon announced Feb. 21 he was resigning his post because he is moving to another state. The resignation is effective March 6, making Tuesday his final meeting as a council member.
Mayor Kristin Lambert and other members of the council praised Cahoon for his service since being appointed to fill the unexpired term of Councilwoman Betty Naylor, who resigned in 1987. "He didn't have a personal agenda," Lambert said. "He always looked out for the best interest of the city."
Cahoon returned the praise, saying Lambert is the best mayor West Jordan has had in many years. "I regret that personal circumstances will no longer allow me to work with her and the other members of the council."
Cahoon said he has enjoyed his service on the council and did things while a member he never imagined - like stand at the side of the road waving a sign promoting a road bond that ultimately failed during the election last November.
"It's no secret the bond defeat was very difficult for me," he said. "My attitude toward public officials has forever changed because of my experience in West Jordan."
The completion of a citywide master plan, a utility franchise tax that replaced a retail license fee, funding for the West Valley Highway and an ongoing overhaul of the city's budget process are all accomplishments Cahoon said he enjoyed being a part of during the past two years. "It may seem like a small thing, but I'm also happy to see an increased budget for snow plowing."
Cahoon launched a parting shot at a group of residents promoting a change in the city's form of government to include a full-time mayor. He said residents should question whether those wanting the change also want the high-salary mayor's job that would go with it.