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, The United States Constitution, budget & finance, and economic development 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;
- League of Women Voters;
- Congressman Stewart's National Security Conference;
- Senator Orrin Hatch's VIP U.S. Capitol Tour;
- and Lorene served a member and co-author 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.
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. She will use social media to communicate with and receive ideas from constituents.
Lorene currently uses her MPA study to research Davis County issues. Her master's research paper will be "Citizen Engagement in the 21st Century" 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 the issue of road maintenance which is a state and national 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 our county 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 their 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 the county. People enjoy living close to work; it will be important to increase meaningful employment in Davis County.
We support local 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.
Local government -- cities and counties -- are like 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 people of HAFB and Davis County.