Bradburn Brief - April 2019
Water incident, working with City Council, and connecting with Sandy
Dear Sandy Resident,
We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration of the recent fluoride incident. Public health and safety is Sandy City’s primary concern and we take this water event seriously. City staff, elected officials, volunteers, and state agencies have been working tirelessly to restore public trust on this issue. The Mayor’s office and City Council have retained the services of third-party investigators to understand the events leading up to the incident and the city’s response. We look forward to receiving those findings so we can make improvements to ensure an event like this never occurs again.
I want to thank the first responders, volunteers, and residents who stepped up to help. Community means that we come together when the need arises and I am grateful for all who spent their holiday weekend contacting neighbors, delivering water, and collecting water samples. It is reassuring to know that in the event of a future catastrophic emergency, we can rely on each other for support.
This circumstance has elevated the discussion about whether or not fluoride should still be added to our water system. Like other local cities, Sandy has complied with the law, voted on by citizens in the early 2000s, to add fluoride in our water system. I would like to continue this dialogue with citizens in a forthcoming town hall this year.
I have heard from many of you that you have been concerned with the tension between the Mayor’s office and the City Council. I want to reassure you that I am committed to putting aside personal differences and working in cooperation with the Council to find resolutions to issues the city faces. While some tension is healthy between the branches of government, it serves no one if that tension is played out in the media instead of person-to-person conflict resolution and productive policy discussions. I ran for office to bring a new sense of accountability and accessibility to the Mayor’s office, therefore, I will do my part to improve communications.
Lastly, please remember that you can always connect with us to get more information by going to our City websites sandy.utah.gov and SandyNow.com and by accessing our social media channels Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for daily updated information. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for allowing me to serve you,
Mayor Kurt Bradburn