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Mayor's Corner 2/23/2017

Dear Friends:

I prayed for snow this winter, and it worked!  It’s interesting that we pray for things like snow, but…  There always seems to be a “but”.  We want the right amount.  We want it to melt slowly, unless we want to get up on the Tushar Mountains, in which case we need it melted with “dry roads please”.  The dry road request only applies if we are mature adults.  If we are younger we ask for mud and ruts.  After all, a totally muddy vehicle is a badge of honor, and surely someone will make the road passable for Grandpa and Grandma later in the spring.

We all see things differently and that is the beauty of it all.  I met a wonderful couple the other night at an ATV information night.  They moved here from California a few years ago and love our Sevier Valley.  It’s theirs now, too, and they are donating time and dollars to keep trails open and passable for all.

These new friends are amazing.  They’re such positive thinkers.  They’re good, common-sense folks.  I’d clone them over and over if I could.  But that probably wouldn’t be good, either.  I’m glad we’re not all alike.  That’s what makes the world go around.  We’re all so different, yet common.  Abraham Lincoln said, “God must have loved the common man because he made so many of them.”

This year, I’m determined get on the trails and enjoy nature.  I love to guide ATV trail rides, and my trips always come with a history lesson (sorry, I can’t help myself).  Those not wanting to look and learn can stay behind and enjoy a vista or stare at a tree.  I guess I never got over the grade school desire to “show and tell”.

Find a member of one of the local ATV Clubs and give them a hug for keeping the economy going and the trails fun and safe for all.  

Mayor David Ogden

Mayor's Corner 2/16/2017

Dear Friends:

I am still learning.

Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning is young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”

As we mature (that sounds so much better than “get old”) we tend to become more rigid in our thinking.  This rigidity is sometimes excused as maturity or wisdom.  I’ve never been accused of too much of that, but I do have a conscience that works full-time while I’m awake and part-time as I try to sleep.  Decisions determine destiny --- and sleep time.

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Mayor's Corner 2/9/2017

Dear Friends:

I thought about tweeting my thoughts today.  If it works for the President, why not the Mayor?  But I’m not mad at anybody, and if I’m putting my foot in my mouth, I’d rather use 300 words than just 140 characters!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the role of government in a nation, a state and a local municipality.  While I love my country and my state, I’m most interested in what can and should be done in my own city.  Local government can be the most intrusive government.  It can be heavy-handed.  But enforcing rules and regulations should never become the primary purpose and focus of local government.

Local control is important if it’s used to further two purposes; providing services and building a sense of community.  If it is used for something other than these purposes, it can be seen as abuse of authority.

I ran into former residents Chris and Jeremy Busk recently while attending a BYU basketball game with my son, Jon.  I coached them all as boys, and I was delighted to see and visit with them. After catching up with their lives and asking about their folks (who are my “History Heroes” and represent every good thing from my growing-up years), I listened to both of them talk about how much they loved growing up in Richfield.

We had a good, old-fashioned love fest for our town and area.  It was easy to see these two men had developed a sense of community. They had benefited from ballparks built with donated money and hundreds of hours of donated labor. They had caring teachers who were mentors.  They had friends who inspired.  They had parents and leaders who cared.

Jon and I left Provo that cold night anxious to return to the valley and city we love.  Our spirits were lifted, knowing so many others would like to be going home with us.

 

Mayor David Ogden

RICHFIELD CITY

Consumber Confidence Report

Water Quality Report for 2016

We're pleased once again to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of the water and services we deliver to you every day. Richfield City’s constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water sources have been determined to be from the Sevier – Sigurd groundwater basin.  Our water sources include one spring and three wells.

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REMINDER!!

Remember to license your dog(s) before March 1st.  The City has a new program this year and it may take a little longer than usual.   Altered dogs are $10, unaltered are $35 and proof of current rabies vaccinations are required!

Business licenses are also due before March 1st.

The City offices will be closed Monday, February20, 2017 in observance of Presidents Day!

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