Dear Friends:

This will be my first musing without the great benefit of the Richfield Reaper.  As you may know, I’m running for reelection, and my weekly column in the newspaper is on hold during the election process.

I’m anxious to see how many are interested enough to come to our website or Facebook specifically to check in on the Mayor, or who may be here for other reasons and decide to spend a minute reading my thoughts.

I mentioned recently that I tested Richfield’s new chicken ordnance.  I was rather excited to get six pullets (teenage chickens) and watch them grow into layers. When I told my brother-in-law that I had some chickens he said, “I’m sorry.”  I was a little taken aback.  I expected him to be enthused like I am.

Now after a couple months I understand why he may have said what he did.  This is no cake walk.  These girls are still teenagers.  Even though they don’t come home late to the coop and slam the door like one of my daughters used to do, they do require constant monitoring.

Several have decided to fly out of the chicken coop/dog run.  This has resulted in a new feather cut for one and a lecture to the others.  I got a similar response years ago when I lined my teenagers up on the couch a laid down the rules.  I think I saw a look of determination (or was it defiance) on their faces that was as good as a slap in the face.  My children are now the masters of their own “coops”, and I sometimes enjoy watching their reactions to the same challenges they afforded me.

Summer is in full swing. Baseball is over except for all-stars and tournaments.  Moms and Dads are getting up early and going to bed late.  Lawns grow three inches every night if they have enough water and fertilizer.  And soon you will hear people say that they had no idea their yard would be so much work when they put it in!

Next week I’ll report on more city stuff.  Until then…..

Mayor David Ogden

Read more: Mayor's Corner 06/21/2017

Dear Friends:

For nearly three and a half years, The Richfield Reaper has afforded me the privilege of visiting with you each week as Mayor of Richfield.  We’ve talked about everything from neighborhood cleanups to economic development to chickens!  We’ve even mentioned She Who Shall Not Be Named a time or two.  I appreciate the Reaper’s kindness, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my musings even half as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

Last week I filed for reelection for another term as Mayor.  Former City Councilmember Mike Turner has also decided to run for Mayor.  It would not be fair for me to continue with this weekly newspaper column during the upcoming campaign, so this will my last until after the election.

Mike is a worthy opponent and I expect a close race.  I will still share my mayoral thoughts with you each week on Facebook and at www.richfieldcity.com.

I’ll now join the other candidates in wondering if those hands we shake and those smiles we return are expecting that we would not be doing so if we were not running for office!  That’s not a good feeling to have, and I’m sure all of us will somewhat share in that angst.

Rest assured that all have an interest in the welfare of our city and all will listen to your concerns and ideas.  None of us expect a yellow brick road.

Mayor David Ogden 

Read more: Mayor's Corner 06/15/2017

Dear Friends:

Richfield plays host to the Utah State Firefighters’ Association Convention this week. There will be a lot of Type A individuals running around town for three days.  Type A people are high achievers.  They’re competitive, outgoing and ambitious. This personality type is impatient if there is something that needs to be done and people are just standing around.  They jump in and make things happen.

Most of you remember when we had a loud siren whenever there was a fire.  We went to a silent notification system a few years ago.  Fireman are paged (and have been for years), but now citizens are often unaware when a crew of local heroes are busy saving property and perhaps lives in our city and beyond.  Since we don’t here the siren, I’m afraid we don’t take the same opportunity to say thank you for training so hard and always being ready.

I am not suggesting that the siren be turned back on.  It really was a problem for those living nearby; particularly folks with shift work who sleep during the day.  There’s also improved safety at the scene of fires, because dozens of vehicles are not following the fire truck to an incident and getting in the way.

Being a volunteer firefighter takes commitment.  When everybody in town heads for the hills in the summertime, a certain number of fireman have committed to stay here and be ready for any need.  Families of firefighters are almost always great citizens and contribute to society in so many ways; all the time knowing that their loved one might have to hurry off to serve their community at a moment’s notice.

We always welcome visitors to our community.  But please, especially this week, look for and shake the hand of our brave visitors who protect people and property around the State of Utah.

Mayor David Ogden

Read more: Mayor's Corner 06/08/2017

Dear Friends:

DOgden

This week I want to talk about chickens.  I realize I’m being a little light-minded, but as the world reels with hate and danger, sometimes I just need a temporary escape.   I’ve discovered chickens (or writing about them in this case), is nearly as therapeutic as reading a good book.

 

I have chickens --- six little ladies.  Yes, they have names, but I’ll withhold them to protect the innocent.  They are afraid of everything.  They run here and there at the slightest provocation.  Once you’ve been around chickens, you understand why kids use the term “chicken” for those who don’t accept a dare.

I once crawled through a culvert under 200 North to prove that I wasn’t a chicken.  It proved something else; ten year old boys accept a lot of dares.  Most are harmless, but I do still have scars on my stomach from broken glass in the Spring Ditch!

Back to chickens.  My girls are actually pullets, or teenage chickens, who are not old enough to lay eggs.  By the time they start laying, I estimate my cost will be roughly twenty dollars a dozen.

There are cats in my neighborhood who are very curious about these chickens.  My neighbors have dogs, and I’m sure they would do what comes naturally for dogs if a bird flies over the fence.  I will not have a burial ceremony if that happens, but I think it would be a valuable teaching moment on the results of unrestricted flight patterns.

Our dog Dolly understands these little runarounds are important to me.  When one ran towards her, Dolly ran to me and was rewarded with a treat.  Now every time my girls flutter their wings, Dolly runs to me for a treat.  I should probably add in the cost of dog treats to the eventual cost of an egg.

She Who Shall Not Be Named thinks I have lost my mind. She has already informed me that she will not be eating these eggs.  I’ll keep you posted.

Mayor David Ogden

Read more: Mayor's Corner 06/01/2017

Dear Friends:Mayor DOgden

On Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day, one of the most important holidays on the calendar.  It’s a holiday with great meaning, but I’m afraid its significance is sometimes forgotten or overshadowed by the fact that it’s the first 3-day weekend of the summer.

Memorial Day started as a day of remembrance for Civil War soldiers, and evolved into a day to honor and remember all American soldiers who have died in combat.  It also came to be the day we focus on all of our family members who have gone before us; to reflect on their lives, stories, and sacrifices.

The Richfield City Cemetery is where I’ll be on Monday, and I hope you’ll be there too!  The Richfield Rotary Club will sponsor its annual Memorial Day Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Come and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham and eggs for only $6 per person.  The Rotary Club donates the proceeds of this breakfast to support ongoing maintenance and flag replacement at the Sevier Valley Veterans Memorial.  Please support this great effort.

Following the breakfast at 10:00 a.m., VFW Post 5050 will present its annual Memorial Day Program.  I’ve been asked to speak at this year’s program, and I consider it a great honor.

Speaking of the VFW, one of its most stalwart members, Brent Cowley, won’t be with us for this year’s Memorial Day event.  He’s having some medical issues, and we send our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery.  Brent has organized Memorial Day events for years, and he is a shining example of a man who loves his country.

Make Memorial Day meaningful in your family.  Honor those who have put their lives on the line for our freedom.  Without Memorial Day and what it represents, we might not be free to celebrate all the other holidays on the calendar.

Mayor David Ogden

Read more: Mayor's Corner 5/25/2017

Mayors Corner

  • Mayor's Corner 06/21/2017

    Dear Friends: This will be my first musing without the great benefit of the Richfield Reaper.  As you may know, I’m running for reelection, and my weekly column in the newspaper is on hold during the election process. I’m anxious to see how many are interested enough to come to our website or Facebook specifically to check in on the Mayor, or who may be here for other reasons and decide to spend a minute reading my thoughts. I mentioned recently that I tested Richfield’s new chicken ordnance.  I was...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 06/15/2017

    Dear Friends: For nearly three and a half years, The Richfield Reaper has afforded me the privilege of visiting with you each week as Mayor of Richfield.  We’ve talked about everything from neighborhood cleanups to economic development to chickens!  We’ve even mentioned She Who Shall Not Be Named a time or two.  I appreciate the Reaper’s kindness, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my musings even half as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Last week I filed for reelection for another term as...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 06/08/2017

    Dear Friends: Richfield plays host to the Utah State Firefighters’ Association Convention this week. There will be a lot of Type A individuals running around town for three days.  Type A people are high achievers.  They’re competitive, outgoing and ambitious. This personality type is impatient if there is something that needs to be done and people are just standing around.  They jump in and make things happen. Most of you remember when we had a loud siren whenever there was a fire.  We went to a...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 06/01/2017

    Dear Friends: This week I want to talk about chickens.  I realize I’m being a little light-minded, but as the world reels with hate and danger, sometimes I just need a temporary escape.   I’ve discovered chickens (or writing about them in this case), is nearly as therapeutic as reading a good book.   I have chickens --- six little ladies.  Yes, they have names, but I’ll withhold them to protect the innocent.  They are afraid of everything.  They run here and there at the slightest provocation.  Once...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 5/25/2017

    Dear Friends: On Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day, one of the most important holidays on the calendar.  It’s a holiday with great meaning, but I’m afraid its significance is sometimes forgotten or overshadowed by the fact that it’s the first 3-day weekend of the summer. Memorial Day started as a day of remembrance for Civil War soldiers, and evolved into a day to honor and remember all American soldiers who have died in combat.  It also came to be the day we focus on all of our family members...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 5/18/2017

    Dear Friends: Will you be in Richfield for Memorial Day Weekend?  Are family members coming home for the holiday?  I’ve got a great suggestion for a family activity on Saturday, May 27th! Join us at the expanded and improved Richfield Airport for a Fly-In and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Pilots from around the region have been invited to fly into Richfield, so residents will be able to see a variety of aircraft that day.  The Car Show also promises to be a fun family event.  Enjoy a...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 5/11/2017

    Dear Friends: For as long as I can remember, there has been one name that immediately comes to mind whenever disaster strikes.  What organization is always there when people are in greatest need?  You know as well as I do.  It’s the Red Cross! The American Red Cross was chartered in 1881, and our local Central and Southern Utah Red Cross Chapter has been around nearly as long.  In fact, on May 23rd, it will celebrate 100 years of service to the people of our area.  It continues its mission to help...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 05/04/2017

    Dear Friends: Richfield City is in Spring Clean-up Mode.  We have large dumpsters located at the Rotary Park, the Swimming Pool Parking Lot, the northeast corner of the City Park, and at the east end of Center Street.  The dumpsters will be there through Monday, May 15th for residents to place large items that can’t go out for your normal weekly trash pick-up.   We’re so grateful for White’s Sanitation and the Sevier County Landfill for helping us with this clean-up effort!   I intend to trim some trees...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 04/27/2017

    Dear Friends: While watching TV the other night, I saw an advertisement in which someone cut their tongue on an envelope.  I still can't stop feeling that sting!  I suppose that's what the advertiser had in mind, but it got me thinking about another pain.  Last week I wrote about some of the things that make our community great, and how proud I was to have the opportunity to show people from outside the area our hidden gem and to share my feelings with them as they consider relocating their...

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  • Mayor's Corner 04/20/2017

    Dear Friends: Last week, I met with some people who are considering relocating their business to our community.  After we showed them some potential sites for their company, we took a few minutes to drive around and show them some of the reasons that we love living here. We started south of town with our beautiful golf course and our recently expanded airport.  We drove thru neighborhoods where they saw first-hand the pride many of our residents take in their homes and properties.  We showed off...

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