Dear Friends:DOgden

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 the residents of Utah prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters and emergencies.

In honor of their great and tireless work, I am declaring the week of May 21st through May 27th as Red Cross Week in the City of Richfield.

Does the Red Cross only deal with major earthquakes and hurricanes?  No!  In just the past year, the local Chapter responded to 53 emergencies and helped 273 individuals, along with assisting numerous people affected by disasters elsewhere in the United States and overseas.

They provided life-saving training to military personnel and taught nearly 7,000 Utah residents skills such as First Aid and CPR.  Through their organization almost 114,000 blood donors provided blood to more than 30 local hospitals.  Their mission is noble, and their work provides tangible results.

Please join me in celebrating the work of the Red Cross and support this great organization in a variety of ways.  Attend their trainings.  Give generously.  Donate blood when you have the opportunity.  By doing these simple things, we can insure that the Central and Southern Utah Red Cross Chapter will be around for another 100 years!

Mayor David Ogden

Read more: Mayor's Corner 5/11/2017

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 and let go of a few treasures that I’m positive my children don’t want (and equally sure that Deseret Industries would discard).  Their value has only been established by moving them thither and yawn around my garage for thirty-plus years.

Accumulation is a natural thing.  It’s one thing if it were emergency supplies or something that we’ve been encouraged to store and to use when times require it.  But we have a collection of STUFF that is not collectable or usable.  It falls somewhere in the range of worthless, meaningless, contemptible or trash.

My wife (She Who Shall Not Be Named) exercises a high degree of patience with my bad habit of collecting and holding on to STUFF.  She’s confident that if we manage to get it into a dumpster, I won’t be tempted to dive in to retrieve it.  She knows that getting me out would require at least two firemen (with equipment).  And in this age of cell phone cameras, I’m positive someone would record it and post it on Facebook for all the world to see!

Mayor David Ogden

Read more: Mayor's Corner 05/04/2017

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 business to Richfield.  There are so many good things to point out, but there are a few things that aren’t so good; things that really do need addressing by each of us.

One such item involves driving too fast on Richfield’s Main Street.  It’s just plain dangerous to cross the road in most locations, regardless of whether you’re walking or driving.  We’ve reached out to UDOT, since Main Street is also a state highway.  They too recognize the problem and they want to help.  They have talented people who can help promote safety and efficiency.  They live here and face the same challenges crossing the street. Together, we can improve this situation, and we will! 

While I'm on the economic development soap box, I’d like to say something about shopping locally. Do it!  Please consider how important it is to have a successful, vibrant, local economy. Our local businesses employ local residents --- your friends and neighbors.  They support all sorts of local causes.

Those internet “superstars” don’t support local causes.  Their names are not on our ballpark fences.  They don’t sponsor our celebrations, support school groups, or bring cultural events to our community.  They live elsewhere, and they spend your money on their own dreams.  Think about that next time you’re about to click “purchase” on that fancy website!

Mayor David Ogden

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 our new high school and the Snow College campus, including the Sevier Valley Center.  Our local commitment to education was obvious and they were impressed.

We drove to each of our city parks and also discussed the possibility of a new swimming pool in the next few years.  They were interested to see our beautiful, healthy business district.  We even stopped by one of our local businesses where they had a chance to visit with people who understand our business climate and have thrived.

They loved the views of the mountains and the healthy, well-kept farms and agricultural property in the valley.  Our visitors commented on the good feeling they experienced here, largely because of the people they had met.

Economic development is something I am committed to.  A healthy, growing local economy benefits our whole area. Smart, controlled growth with employment opportunities will be a blessing to all of us.

Bragging about our community is easy and it’s fun!  I would like to do more of it.  We should all be looking for those wanting to come and join us in living in one of the best places on Earth.

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

It seems like I’m always writing about things we should watch out for.  I like to call it “duck and run” stuff.  I can’t help it.  I guess it’s the grandpa in me, or maybe it’s the Mayor in me that feels responsible to warn of danger and potential risks.

It drives me crazy to watch my grandchildren jump on a trampoline.  Of course they can’t just jump.  They have to push each other and throw balls at each other.  The older ones feel the uncontrollable need to bounce the little ones to the clouds.

When I was a boy we never did anything crazy. Our feet were always firmly on the ground. When we hiked in the mountains, we wore helmets just in case we fell off of a cliff.  We always wore seatbelts and never teased our little sisters until they cried for protection.  Okay, I do have selective memory.

Something I can’t forget (and hope you won’t either) is the Great Utah ShakeOut, coming up next Thursday, April 20th at 10:15 a.m.  That day, Utah joins with states throughout the country to focus on earthquake preparedness.

Is this something we need to concern ourselves with, right here in peaceful south-central Utah?  Absolutely!  We have an earthquake fault line which runs all along the west side of Richfield, extending through the length of the valley!  Like many other areas of our state, we are prone to earthquakes.

How can you participate in the ShakeOut?  Go to www.shakeout.org/utah to register as a participant.  Individuals, families and businesses are all encouraged to take part.  Spend some time at the website and learn what you can do; not only for the ShakeOut drill, but for that real-life time when you may be faced with a real-life earthquake.

Be safe!

Mayor David Ogden 

Mayors Corner

  • 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...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • 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...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 04/13/2017

    Dear Friends: It seems like I’m always writing about things we should watch out for.  I like to call it “duck and run” stuff.  I can’t help it.  I guess it’s the grandpa in me, or maybe it’s the Mayor in me that feels responsible to warn of danger and potential risks. It drives me crazy to watch my grandchildren jump on a trampoline.  Of course they can’t just jump.  They have to push each other and throw balls at each other.  The older ones feel the uncontrollable need to bounce the little ones to the...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 04/06/2017

    Dear Friends: I just read an article written by a friend and Richfield native, David Terry.  His article prompts my message to you this week, and it is certainly amongst the most important messages I have written in my three-plus years as Mayor.  David is engaged in a battle for his life with skin cancer. I encourage, no, I beg you to find and read this extremely well-written article.  Go to www.fairwaysmag.com, and scroll down the page to David’s article entitled The Skins Game That Changed My...

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  • Mayor's Corner 03/30/2017

    Dear Friends: Ah, Spring time!  Days are longer.  Really? We do have more daylight but the days are the same length.  What we have is more time to recreate outside.  Parents and grandparents huddle up in sometimes nasty spring weather to watch spring sports and cheer on their little guys and gals.  The coaches of these young people have long been my heroes.  The lessons learned at the ball park have not been forgotten. Some who were my arch rivals on the ball field and around the track have become...

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  • Mayor's Corner 03/23/2017

    Dear Friends: What’s in a name?  What do you like to be called? Some people call me Mayor or Mr. Mayor.  Some even refer to me as Your Honorable Mr. Mayor (those folks usually want something or they’re just being silly).  I’ve been a Bishop and once ordained a Bishop you are always called Bishop. I respond to many names.  Friend is one I love to hear.  My own given name is just great, also.  Yes the office of Mayor is important and I respect the office and responsibility that comes with it.  So...

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  • Mayor's Corner 03/12/2017

    Dear Friends: What’s in a name?  What do you like to be called? Some people call me Mayor or Mr. Mayor.  Some even refer to me as Your Honorable Mr. Mayor (those folks usually want something or they’re just being silly).  I’ve been a Bishop and once ordained a Bishop you are always called Bishop. I respond to many names.  Friend is one I love to hear.  My own given name is just great, also.  Yes the office of Mayor is important and I respect the office and responsibility that comes with it.  So...

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  • Mayor's Corner 03/16/2017

    Dear Friends: I often get the opportunity to speak to groups.  Last week, it was in South Jordan and next week, I’ll be addressing a group in Provo.  These speeches are about history and cooperation and hard work. One of the points I try to make is that if we equally yoke together and pull together, we can accomplish amazingly difficult things.  This applies regardless of the task in question.  If we are committed and willing to push or pull with others, we can be successful.  Often, we receive...

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