Prepared to Serve
When citizens visit with Lorene, conversations often end with the resident saying she's earned their vote. They sense that she listens, researches all perspectives, and collaborates with everyone involved.
She began researching issues as a new planning commissioner for Kaysville in January 2014. The "planning commission" in Kaysville is made up of 7 citizens (who applied and were then appointed) who learn about city zoning, development plans, and home business licensing. Commissioners are expected to protect private property rights, mitigate the effects of development on neighbors, and seek for highest and best use of land in the city. They receive input and do research to update the city's master plan every few years, which happened in 2014, Lorene's first year as a commissioner.
Citizens need people they trust to serve as city leaders. Lorene brings people together and engages all kinds of neighbors. She works with citizens and business owners who live, drive, walk and become experienced in their area.
Because Lorene desires to be the best possible public servant, she pursued a master's degree in public administration. Public policy analysis, human resource management, nonprofits, governance and the economy, law, budget & finance courses inform her of considerations and best practices to help Davis County.
Since January, 2014 Lorene has attended the following to learn and research for Davis County:
- Utah State Association of Parliamentarians Institute for Better Meetings;
- Davis County Citizen's Police Academy;
- American Planner's Association Conference;
- Envision Utah fair;
- UTA Public Transit Academy;
- Mobile Active Transportation tour of Park City;
- Complete Streets presentation by Wasatch Front Regional Council;
- Watershed tour by Weber Basin Conservancy;
- UAMPS annual conference for power companies;
- Utah League of Cities & Towns conferences;
- Real Women Run;
- Women's Leadership Institute;
- and Lorene served a member of the steering committee for collaboration between Kaysville and Farmington to make walking and biking more safe and inviting in our communities, which also impacts quality of life, traffic and economic development.
To learn and observe, Lorene has also attended, listened to, or read every single public meeting for city council and planning commission since January, 2014. She feels strongly that a council with only 5 members and a mayor to represent all of Kaysville, each council member must be educated, prepared, and informed. She is prepared to be mayor.
Lorene has ideas to improve city noticing and communication. It was the first thing she spoke up about as a new planning commissioner. She started a newsletter called "The Bridge" for friends and neighbors Jan-June 2016 to raise awareness about what is going on in Kaysville and will continue these.
She currently uses her MPA study to research Kaysville issues. Her master's research paper will be "How do Kaysville citizens prefer to receive municipal information?" and will include a survey. Lorene studied the roads survey conducted in Kaysville the summer of 2016 and prepared a case study, a policy memo, and a stakeholder analysis on that issue. She works hard for citizens and is devoted to the community.
After nearly 4 years of public service as a planning commissioner, Lorene knows that active citizens are the heart of every community and Kaysville has many good citizens. Very few attend the public hearings to speak up and listen to deliberation, but many have opinions and all input is valuable. It is easy to criticize; better to collaborate and contribute. Lorene will engage citizens to learn your ideas, questions, concerns, and feedback.
As a planning commissioner, Lorene worked with city staff to begin monthly Kaysville Business Support Meetings in April, 2016 which have been well received with over 100 businesses attending so far. Planning Commission is foundational to good government and understanding the history, status, and opportunities for Kaysville. People enjoy living close to work; it will be beneficial to increase meaningful employment in Kaysville in a way that fits the community.
We support Kaysville businesses for many reasons. We need the services, the sales tax generates city income, and many owners are our neighbors. Local businesses tend to give to the community; owners spend their income in the community as well.
A city is like a family. Ideally we work together for the good of the whole. There's a lot of human nature involved and each resident has a unique view. Circumstances can be difficult and change is hard for most people. It is hard to get accurate information and takes time to listen, learn, and understand. Lorene continues to listen, serve, and work for the great citizens of Kaysville.