Mayor's Corner 7/11/2019

Dear Friends:

Given the choice of changing one’s mind or proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy with the proof. It’s human nature. We all like to think we have the right opinions and answers.

I grew up a Dodger fan. My parents took me to two Dodger games when I was 13 years old. I’ve often wondered what would have happened had they lost those games? What if Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale hadn’t pitched those two shutouts? I may have become a Yankees fan. One of my best friends loved that team, and they were very good. It’s easier to cheer for a winner. That’s another trait most of us share!

The City needs to build a new swimming pool facility. Our current pool was built in the 1980s, and operational costs on this aging facility are creating a financial burden for the City. And when I say “our” pool, I mean all of us; not just Richfield residents. We really are all in this together.

We don’t have separate prices at our pool or golf course for residents and non-residents. That’s a conscious decision. That’s simply because we look at county residents as our residents in a very real way. The same holds true for other visitors. Like other communities, we benefit when people visit here for ball tournaments, medical appointments, shopping for items large and small, and for all kinds of other reasons. And we, in turn, try to improve the quality of life for all.

We need county residents to support the effort to build a new pool/recreational facility. We can’t do it alone. It will require a partnership between the City, the County, and Snow College; similar to the effort that was required to make the Sevier Valley Center a reality.

I know there are some who see fences dividing us. Whatever is behind these divisions, we need to get past it. If we don’t, it will prevent us from realizing our full potential. We can’t let imaginary fences hold us back. I know we can make this project a reality, and that it will bring untold benefits to our valley.

I also know there are legitimate and sincere reasons that some of you will not support this effort. I know that changing minds can be very difficult, but I ask for your thoughtful consideration. If this important project doesn’t happen here in the regional hub for central Utah, it will not happen. There’s no such thing as “staying the same.” We either move forward, or we fall backward. Let’s move forward!

Mayor David Ogden

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