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 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

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