File photo. Cache County Executive David Zook.
LOGAN — Last week on KVNU’s For the People program, during the County Hour, Cache County Executive David Zook said he’s found lawmakers very accessible as they make decisions that might affect local residents.
“They do a great job, they’re very open. I would say throughout Utah that’s one of the things I love about the way our elected officials operate. They’re very accessible to the people, and I think there are some reasons why that’s the case. I think the history of our caucus and convention system here has made it so that elected officials feel a need to be very close to the people, very close to them and responsive to them,” said Zook.
Recently a big economic study was released, Cache County Water District, along with other organizations commissioned the study some time ago.
One of the big noteworthy findings that came out, indicated that agriculture is still a huge part of the local economy and it wouldn’t be here without the water.
“Yeah, that was one of the things that stood out to me so significantly in this study and this is not just about Cache Valley, this isn’t just talking about water or the Bear River’s impact on Cache Valley, it’s the Bear River region which is a little bit larger area.”
But, he said, especially when talking about economic activity, much of it is happening in Cache Valley.
Zook also commented about some of the other bills that he’s keeping an eye on during this legislative session.
“We have a number of priorities at our county level that we’re trying to help with. One of them, Representative (Dan) Johnson’s working on a new American Welcome Center, and this is about $7 million to add about 5,200 square feet to the English Language Center, to move CRIC (Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection) there. A really good project, hopefully that one is successful in getting funded. He’s working on another one for Little Lambs to try to get them about $3 million for a new facility here in our community that would be a great amenity for our community.”
He said a couple of transportation bills that are high on their priority list include money to work on the South Valley corridor and an east-west connector between SR 89-91 and SR 165, also the West Cache corridor is a big priority.