Cache County Executive David Zook says he has found lawmakers to be very open and accessible when making decisions that affect local residents. He shared his thoughts on KVNU’s For the People program during the County Hour. He expressed that he appreciates how elected officials in Utah are accessible and close to the people, partly because of the history of the caucus and convention system. This has made it so that officials feel a need to be responsive to the citizens.
Zook mentioned a recent big economic study that has been released. The Cache County Water District and other organizations commissioned this study a while ago. The study found that agriculture is still a significant element of the local economy, and it is heavily reliant on water.
According to Zook, much of the economic activity is happening in Cache Valley. Although the study focuses on the bigger Bear River region, the impact is particularly significant when talking about economic activity in Cache Valley.
He further expressed that there are some bills the county is keeping an eye on during the legislative session. They have some priorities, and a couple of transportation bills that are high on their priority list include funding for the South Valley corridor and an east-west connector between SR 89-91 and SR 165, as well as the West Cache corridor. He also mentioned projects such as the new American Welcome Center and a new facility for Little Lambs that are aimed at benefiting the local community.