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City council appoints new member of Traverse Ridge Board

Oct 28, 2016 08:34AM ● Published by Kelly Cannon

The Traverse Ridge special service district encompass neighborhoods in the south part of Draper. The blue highlighted area is the special district while the red line represents the Draper border. (Draper City)

By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournal.com


Draper, Utah - In a unanimous decision, the Draper City Council appointed Paul Tonks to be the newest member of the Traverse Ridge Administrative Control Board (TRACB). The decision was reached during the Oct. 4 city council meeting. 

Mayor Troy Walker explained the special appointment is for someone who resides within in Traverse Ridge District and that the board is a taxing authority that services residents who live in the district. 

“We’ve had two applicants for this position,” Walker said. “The council has interview(ed) both candidates in a public meeting and now it’s time for the council to make a decision on who it is.”

Councilwoman Michele Weeks made the motion to appoint Paul Tonks as the new member of the TRACB, with Councilman William Rappleye seconding the motion. Rappleye said he took a look at both candidates before making his decision.

“Many of us know Paul and have known him for a number of years. The other gentleman who expressed interest was at a council meeting one night and expressed interest to get involved. He’s the (Home Owners Association) president of the townhomes up there,” Rappleye said. “I think they’re both good, solid candidates. I don’t think we can go wrong with either one. But due to the fact Paul has been there since the beginning of the Suncrest development — that may help us, his knowledge in moving forward.”

Councilman Alan Summerhays encouraged the other candidate to not give up in wanting to be on the board.

“I’m sure there’s going to be another opening,” Summerhays said. “You never know, so stick around because we need volunteers in Draper.”

The TRACB was formed in October 2014 and works as a special service district in the Suncrest/Traverse Ridge neighborhoods.

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