Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Council Members

This new year brings with it a few changes to our government leaders. In the November election, Ernest Burgess, Kristie Overson, and Jerry Rechtenbach were elected to represent districts 1, 2 and 3 on the Taylorsville City Council. Rechtenbach is a familiar face on the council, but the other two are newcomers. I thought it would be fun to highlight Council members Burgess and Overson so we could get to know them a little better as they begin their four-year term. I've asked them to tell us a little about themselves and some things they are looking forward to on the council.

District 1 Council member Ernest Burgess

As a resident of Taylorsville for the past 27 years, my wife Connie and I have been grateful to raise our nine children here. We have been married for 38 years and have participated in various volunteer opportunities. I have enjoyed working on the planning commission for the past three years. It has provided great experiences which helped prepare me for service on the city council. 

I went to Carbon High School, playing the trombone in the marching band. My highlight was performing in the 1966 Rose Bowl Parade. I finished my high school years wrestling for Provo High, then continued my education at BYU on a wrestling scholarship and contributed in winning two WAC championships. 

Moving forward in service on the Taylorsville city council, I would like to see our city continue attracting more businesses to maintain a steady tax base. I'm excited to be a part of helping this wonderful city grow and develop in a positive direction.

District 2 Council member Kristie Overson

I am excited to begin my service on the City Council. I look forward to strengthening communication and relations between the council, administration, city employees and residents. I am anxious to become more familiar with citizens and businesses in district 2 by hosting quarterly meetings to listen to concerns and ideas for making Taylorsville even better. I am also looking forward to the committees that will be assigned to me and the opportunity to get to know more citizens dedicated to service within the city.
My history with Taylorsville dates back to my great-great grandfather Hickman who lived “over Jordan” in a dugout by the Jordan River. My home is built on property once owned by my grandfather Steadman.

I am married and have five children and nine grandchildren, with number 10 due in the summer. I enjoy gardening and sharing my harvest with neighbors and friends. When the weather is warm you can find me bike riding along the Jordan River Parkway or playing with my grandkids at Millrace Park.

Congratulations to these two! They will be sworn in on Wed., Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. prior to the city council meeting. 

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