I went to the "Envision Utah" meeting recently at the Davis County FairPark. I was surprised to see that the mayor and the city manager were the only people from Centerville who cared enough to participate.

Summer is on our doorstep, and soon many of you will be planning trips to other parts of the United States. I would like to invite you to take the opportunity as you are traveling to look at the cities and towns you are traveling to and through. Take a minute and see what you do and don't like about these places. What makes them livable and desirable and what makes them undesirable? My wife and I have been doing this for years, and it is a real opportunity to contrast how other communities stack up to our own.Centerville in the next five years is going to reach its limit in growth. Whatever happens to the remaining developable ground is going to shape what the city will be for the next 50 to 100 years. The two pieces of ground that are now vacant in our gateway district will determine what the character of our city will be.

What do you want to see here? Take some time this summer and think about it. If you don't get involved in the planning process for your city and propose what you would like to see, someone else will. Or worse, no planning will be done at all, and it will show. It's your city. What do you want it to be?

S.S. Blackham

Centerville