Jeff Wardell was appointed to the Morgan City Council on July 28, 2009 to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Dave Larsen after he moved to Mountain Green. Wardell is a lifetime resident of Morgan. He was born here and went to school here. He married his high school sweetheart from Morgan and raised three daughters here. He has deep roots in the community and a love for the City and County. Wardell says, “It’s peaceful. I love driving up to Morgan from the mouth of the canyon every evening … it’s beautiful.”
Wardell and his wife , Ann, own Skyview Excavation and Grading. The company’s slogan is “We Dig Big.” Wardell and his wife started the business 27 years ago with only two employees. He now has more than 45 employees and has worked on projects like Salt Lake’s downtown City Creek project and the I-15 South Layton interchange.
Wardell’s experience in road construction has served him well in his assignment on the council with responsibilities for roads. The city has completed a number of road projects this year despite the limited funds the city receives. He also has portfolio responsibility for planning and zoning, the board of adjustments, emergency preparedness, and he serves as a representative of the city on the Morgan County Library Board.
Wardell says that his time on the council has been enjoyable. He has learned a great deal about the city and how it functions. He feels that the current council works very well together and he is looking forward to continuing this relationship if re-elected.
Wardell has been pleased with the community building efforts of the council. He feels that the movies in the park have been a success. He is looking forward to an even bigger and more successful car show next summer. He also sees the splash pad as a positive contribution to the city. He is particularly supportive of the project with its funding coming from community contributions and grants. He recognizes that the city will have some operational costs, but believes that the splash pad will enhance the park and provide fun for the children of the community. He has been pleased with the improvements at Riverside park and the city employees that maintain it. He said, “You would have to travel quite a ways to find a park as nice.”
Wardell sees continued challenges as the city works to build a better economic base. He sees the need for a business park in the city and to build the right infrastructure to support the businesses. Given the city’s tight budgets, however, he feels that private investment is essential to make this happen.
Wardell continues to work to find funding for a bridge on Young Street to relive the pressure of traffic at the school. He believes that this will both enhance safety for students and parents as well as relive congestion in the area. In the immediate future Wardell reports that the city is working to finish the project on 700 East.
Wardell feels that the city has taken the necessary actions to match spending with revenues. He knows that there will be challenges ahead, but believes the city is on a solid fiscal foundation.
Wardell’s decision to serve on the council was based on his life living here in Morgan. He has enjoyed Morgan, the wonderful people, and the feeling of community here in the valley. He hopes to be able to give back to this community for another with another four years of service.