Alumni in the News

Mr. Val K. Potter – B.S., Business Administration, 1982

 Herald Journal -- December 15, 2012
Val Potter says he's ready to chair the Cache County Council next year. fellow council members on Tuesday unanimously elected Potter to the chair position and Councilman Craig Petersen as vice chair. "As chairman, I'll do my best to ... stand up for the council's decisions on a variety of issues that are coming up and that are currently being worked on," Potter said Thursday. "And I'll try and be a public face for the council and make the decisions that the council wants me to." As the former mayor of North Logan Potter held that post from 2002-06 he has experience wielding the gavel. "I vide this a lot (like) ... the mayor's position where I ran every meeting, and I approved all the agendas," he said. "So I have a handle on what I think it's going to be."
The county faces a series of challenges in the New Year, and Potter siad that high on the list is settling the air quality issue before the council. While an emissions testing program was included int he final version of the state implementation plan (SIP) for Cache County, the details of how it will work remain to be developed. The county has been at odds with the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is saying that Cache County needs to buy off on this," Potter said. "And I've heard the governor (Gary Herbert) and others say that they get frustrated with the federal government trying to mandate what happens at their level in the state, and now the state and EPA are coming down and basically mandating it." In the coming weeks, county officials will begin sorting out the specifics of the program with representatives from DAQ. "I'm hoping that we can come up with something, a compromise that works for both of us," Potter said. Potter said that another priority will be keeping Cache County in a strong financial position in 2013. "If it ends up that our projections are not met regarding ... revenues, then I think we're going to have to look at things department by department and, you know, make the necessary changes," he said. Potter noted he also wants to ensure that critical services are being met. The county will face decreases in revenue for roads. Specifically, there will be a loss in Secure Rural Schools funding. The revenue, which has come from the federal government to the county for roads, is anticipated to soon stop. The county stands to lose about $200,000 to $250,000 annually, and County Executive Lynn Lemon has said that some positions in the road department could be cut next year and that the county will need to be "a lot more selective" on road projects. "I feel like the citizens of Cache County expect the county government and the County Council to accomplish the services that go along with the county," Potter said. If we're not accomplishing the services that people expect, which is public safety and roads and other things which affect them ... we've got something wrong." He added, "If that means we cut positions to take care of the services, we'll do what we have to do. I'm not advocating that. I'm  just saying as the chairman, I will do all I can to get the council to see that we meet the needs of the residents.