Mayor's Corner 09/12/2019

Dear Friends:

I’ve been working hard to make the Community Development Center a reality.  I always enjoy reading The Richfield Reaper, and I particularly appreciated Melissa Winters’ comments in last week’s edition regarding the benefits of the proposed center.  I agree wholeheartedly.

I always look forward to David Anderson’s Cruise Control.  David has had a unique view of life that is always engaging and entertaining.  Let me echo the sentiments expressed in the editorial about civility.  It was spot on.  If we want our opinions to be respected, there’s no place for name-calling or questioning another’s sincerity when they see things differently.

I recently read an article by Wilfred M. McClay titled Rediscovering the Wisdom in American History.  Among many other bodacious thoughts he shares is that “historical consciousness is to civilized society what memory is to individual identity.  Without memory; without the stories by which our memories are carried forward, we cannot say who, or what, we are.”

He goes on to say, “Without them, our life and thought dissolve into a meaningless, unrelated rush of events. Without them, we cannot do the most human of things; we cannot learn, use language, pass on knowledge, raise children, and establish rules of conduct, engage in science, or dwell harmoniously in society. Without them, we cannot govern ourselves.”

Friends, we need to understand history and learn from it.  It is not all roses.  You might need a hard hat to study it, but know this; the American Experiment, which we are a part of, has reaped far more benefit to this world than harm.  Let’s not allow history to be deleted just because those in it were not all that it is thought they should be.  We need to tell their story and understand the times they lived in.  I am confident that if we do that, they will still be our heroes and heroines and we will look up to them even more than we ever did.

Mayor David Ogden

Mayor's Corner 09/05/2019

Dear Friends:

I think I might have some kind of Attention Deficit Disorder!  I have several things in my office that distract me.  They keep me from things that are screaming for attention.  Procrastination may be a side effect of my ailment.

One thing that always grabs my attention is old maps.  I’ve created one to teach various groups about trails through Utah.  It shows where Native Americans, traders, trappers, explorers and pioneers traveled to make their mark on our beautiful state and beyond.

I sometimes contemplate what their circumstances were.  How did they meet the challenges associated with staying safe and alive, while at the same time holding onto hope for many of the same things I hope for: family, faith and a bright future.

It is so darn easy to worry about things we can’t control or affect?  It has been said that worry is a useless emotion. Yet I woke up at 3 a.m. the other morning, worrying and preparing for a contentious meeting that never happened.  I thought of all kinds of questions and answers.  I often remind myself that we wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we realized how seldom they do!

Back to the early travelers --- now they really had challenges.  Safety was important, but having enough food and water must have been near, if not at the top of the list. There are many accounts of folks who lost faith in their guide, trail boss, or wagon master (head ‘em up, move ‘em out). Many took shortcuts that inevitably didn’t work and were almost always dangerous.  I guess they did have one advantage in their wanderings.  They didn’t have quite as much “stuff” as we have!

Let’s pretend for a minute.  You’ve just been told that your talents are needed in a new settlement two hundred miles away.  You need to be there in a week or two at the latest.  If that happened now to several families in our community, we would have a new DI opened in the middle of Main Street and the yard sales would take place from dawn to dusk every day until the move.

Let me tell you a secret.  Your kids don’t really want all that stuff you’ve have been storing, at least until they recognize its antique value!

Mayor David Ogden  

Mayor's Corner 08/22/2019

Dear Friends:

Life’s hectic.  We are all constantly bombarded with so many issues.  The issue that is at the forefront of my mind these days is the proposed Community Development/Aquatics and Recreation Center.

I’m happy to report that we’re making great progress. A project of this magnitude requires lots of planning and input.  It’s challenging, but I know the finished product will be worth it!

We realized early on that a partnership between the City, the County and Snow College would be required to achieve the desired result.  That partnership is working.  The county commissioners are careful and thoughtful individuals.  They are good businessmen and want to make sure the best interests of the county residents remain front and center in this process.

 
As we move forward with the project, there will be thoughtful consideration for the wants and needs of all citizens.  I’m certain the concept we start will with undergo significant and appropriate modifications.  Changes will come as the funding sources develop and the plans mature.

 
I liken this effort to the one two decades ago which resulted in the construction of the Sevier Valley Center.  When the SVC was planned, there were quite a few naysayers. Most have now recognized that it has been and will continue to be a great blessing to all of us. 

No great endeavor happens without opposition. Well-meaning and sincere naysayers are vital to make sure that those who represent us are doing the best for us, and to insure we’re not being wasteful and extravagant. 

Please know that this project will not involve a net tax increase. That being said, tax money which has been funding other projects will be redirected to this effort.  If the new project is not constructed, taxes will go down somewhat. This will be fully detailed and explained before the county vote for their bond issue takes place in November.

 
Our state elected officials, Senator Ralph Okerlund and Representative Carl Albrecht totally support this effort.  Senator Okerlund recently wrote about it saying, “This center is the most important thing we can do for the Central Region of our state.  This is a project that deserves the best each of us has to make it a reality.”

A final note to our friends in the north part of the county:  We’re all in this together.  We value your input and your opinions.  We’re happy that your seasonal swimming pool is going to be remodeled and enhanced.  In fact, we’re always happy for your successes.  We sincerely hope you will join with us in supporting a year-round facility we can all enjoy!

Mayor David Ogden

Mayor's Corner 08/29/2019

Dear Friends:

As reported in last week’s edition of The Reaper, the Sevier County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with a bond election this November to authorize their funding and participation in a new Community Development Center.  I applaud their decision.  It took courage to take this bold step.

As the agency holding the election, they have to be somewhat neutral (“Just the facts, Ma’am) in the way they approach this election.  I, happily, do not have that same obligation!

Why do I think we need this facility?  First and foremost, I believe our kids and grandkids need to get their thumbs in the water.  You cannot text on a water slide!  Friendships will be formed, energy will be constructively used, and lifelong healthy habits will result.

Serious swimmers, which include hundreds in our valley and beyond, can finally practice without shutting down the leisure and children’s pool areas.  Folks who are rehabbing injuries or need relief from the stresses of life will have a comfortable place to achieve those results.  Children will be able to walk directly into the water and play area with Moms and Dads near, and the outside pool will be just steps away so everyone can enjoy the summer sunshine.

Parents can also walk, run, swim, exercise and play pickleball while their kids are watched and cared for.  Classrooms will double as community meeting rooms and also provide exercise classes of all types.  I’m also excited that family changing rooms will be available in the locker area.

Adding to this is the great complement the Center will be for the Sevier Valley Center and Snow College.  It will provide for student life and encourage student housing plans.  In summary, it can have a huge impact for good for our city, our county, and the broader Central Utah area.

I could go on and on, but I want to make the point again that there will NOT be a tax increase for city or county residents.  The County’s obligation for the SVC will be concluded in 2021.  The new bond issue would use some of the money that has gone to that purpose.  The City’s obligation on the expanded golf course will be completed 2022, and again would be repurposed for the new Center.

I will come anywhere to meet with individuals or groups to explain our plan. To the nay-sayers; even if you are sure that you will never use this facility, think of the thousands who will and the benefits that will be provided to young and old.

Mayor David Ogden  

Mayor's Corner 08/15/2019

Dear Friends:

Life’s hectic. We are all constantly bombarded with so many issues. There are, however, some things that continually need to be brought back to the forefront, and I’d like to discuss one such issue.

We have made great progress with the proposed Community Development/Aquatics and Recreation Center. A project of this magnitude requires lots of planning and input. It’s challenging, but I know the finished product will be worth it!

We realized early on that a partnership between the City, the County and Snow College would be required to achieve the desired result. That partnership is working. The county commissioners are careful and thoughtful individuals. They are good businessmen and want to make sure the best interests of the county residents remain front and center in this process.

 
As we move forward with the project, there will be thoughtful consideration for the wants and needs of all citizens. I’m certain the concept we start with undergo significant and appropriate modifications. Changes will come as the funding sources develop and the plans mature.

 
I liken this effort to the one two decades ago which resulted in the construction of the Sevier Valley Center. When the SVC was planned, there were quite a few naysayers. Most have now recognized that it has been and will continue to be a great blessing to all of us. 

No great endeavor happens without opposition. Well-meaning and sincere naysayers are vital to make sure that those who represent us are doing the best for us, and to insure we’re not being wasteful and extravagant. 

Please know that this project will not involve a net tax increase. That being said, tax money which has been funding other projects will be redirected to this effort. If the new project is not constructed, taxes will go down somewhat. This will be fully detailed and explained before the county vote for their bond issue takes place in November.

 
Our state elected officials, Senator Ralph Okerlund and Representative Carl Albrecht totally support this effort. Senator Okerlund recently wrote about it saying, “This center is the most important thing we can do for the Central Region of our state. This is a project that deserves the best each of us has to make it a reality.”

Mayor David Ogden

Mayors Corner

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    Dear Friends: I’ve been working hard to make the Community Development Center a reality.  I always enjoy reading The Richfield Reaper, and I particularly appreciated Melissa Winters’ comments in last week’s edition regarding the benefits of the proposed center.  I agree wholeheartedly. I always look forward to David Anderson’s Cruise Control.  David has had a unique view of life that is always engaging and entertaining.  Let me echo the sentiments expressed in the editorial about civility.  It...

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  • Mayor's Corner 09/05/2019

    Dear Friends: I think I might have some kind of Attention Deficit Disorder!  I have several things in my office that distract me.  They keep me from things that are screaming for attention.  Procrastination may be a side effect of my ailment. One thing that always grabs my attention is old maps.  I’ve created one to teach various groups about trails through Utah.  It shows where Native Americans, traders, trappers, explorers and pioneers traveled to make their mark on our beautiful state and...

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  • Mayor's Corner 08/29/2019

    Dear Friends: As reported in last week’s edition of The Reaper, the Sevier County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with a bond election this November to authorize their funding and participation in a new Community Development Center.  I applaud their decision.  It took courage to take this bold step. As the agency holding the election, they have to be somewhat neutral (“Just the facts, Ma’am) in the way they approach this election.  I, happily, do not have that same obligation! Why do I...

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  • Mayor's Corner 08/22/2019

    Dear Friends: Life’s hectic.  We are all constantly bombarded with so many issues.  The issue that is at the forefront of my mind these days is the proposed Community Development/Aquatics and Recreation Center. I’m happy to report that we’re making great progress. A project of this magnitude requires lots of planning and input.  It’s challenging, but I know the finished product will be worth it! We realized early on that a partnership between the City, the County and Snow College would be...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 08/15/2019

    Dear Friends: Life’s hectic. We are all constantly bombarded with so many issues. There are, however, some things that continually need to be brought back to the forefront, and I’d like to discuss one such issue. We have made great progress with the proposed Community Development/Aquatics and Recreation Center. A project of this magnitude requires lots of planning and input. It’s challenging, but I know the finished product will be worth it! We realized early on that a partnership between the...

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  • Mayor's Corner 8/8/2019

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  • Mayor's Corner 8/1/2019

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  • Mayor's Corner 7/25/2019

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