While out visiting with the great residents of South Jordan, I always like residents to share with me their concerns. A common concern I hear is safety. And all those who I have spoken with concerning safety, have agreed that we need to fully staff our first responders. However, the other night one gentlemen shared with me that his safety concern is about our city’s emergency preparedness plan.
He shared with me that the city was no longer participating in the Community Emergency Response Teams (C.E.R.T) program. As someone who was C.E.R.T certified in South Jordan, I was surprised to hear the city was no longer participating in the program. And I promised that I would look further into this issue.
I have contacted Aaron Sainsbury, South Jordan City’s Emergency/ Safety Manager and learned that after years of the C.E.R.T. program struggling the city determined that it did not have much of a program and that the fee being charged was not self-sustaining to keep the program operational. Therefore, during the priority based budgeting the C.E.R.T. program was cut. Due to Mr. Sainsbury being able to see value in the program, he plans to re-evaluate the program in the future and because he recently completed the C.E.R.T. trainer course he also believes he can lower the cost.
If I am elected to the city council, I will work with Mr. Sainsbury to bring the C.E.R.T. program back to South Jordan. I will also continue to listen to your concerns and work to resolve the issues that concern you!