Mayor's Corner 8/8/2019

Dear Friends:

I love Summertime.  It’s the season for ballgames, picnics, vacations, nature walks, and road construction!  Well, maybe I don’t love that last one quite so much, but we’re knee-deep in several important projects in Richfield, and we will continue to see a great deal of street improvements over the next 2 or 3 months.

Local contractors are currently working on three different projects.  The largest is a road maintenance project that will impact virtually everyone in town.  Using the road funds that are generated through the gas tax and the voter-approved transportation tax, the City went to the Community Impact Board and received funding for a $4 Million street improvement project.  We pledged those tax monies for repayment of a $2 Million loan, and we were awarded an additional $2 Million in grant funds!  I’m thrilled that we’re able to do twice as many roads for the same amount of City tax money.

You may have seen road improvements already near Flying J, the hospital, Upland Drive, and elsewhere.  Along with overlay projects in several areas, streets in several large areas of town will be microsealed.  This is a relatively new process we’re using instead of chip-sealing.  Instead of putting down a layer of oil and placing rock chips on top, the microseal process combines oil and smaller rock chips and lays it down in a single step.  UDOT has used this process with great success, and we’re excited to get a better, smoother result without the dust, the mess, and the broken windshields!

Other projects now underway include the completion of the College Avenue/1300 South project, which will facilitate a new traffic signal at that busy intersection.  We’re also starting the final phase of the 100 East project, for which we were also able to secure a $1 Million grant to keep the costs low for city taxpayers.

UDOT has been a great partner and huge help on all of these projects, and we appreciate them so much.

Please be patient as you deal with orange barrels, temporary road closures, extra noise, and other minor inconveniences.  I promise the finished product will be worth it!  Also remember that there might be a child popping out from behind one of those barrels.  School starts next week, so slow down and take extra care to keep everyone safe!

Mayor David Ogden

Mayor's Corner 8/1/2019

Dear Friends:

I believe I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy reading books by David McCullough.  Currently, I’m plowing (pardon the pun) through his book, The Pioneers.  My sister, Janet, suggested I read the book.  Lately, we’ve been talking about one of our ancestors who fell off the Mayflower.  Fortunately for me (and himself), he was rescued.  Otherwise, I guess I would fade away right now as I am writing about it.

But I digress.  The McCullough book talks about the pioneer settlers of the Marietta, Ohio area and describes some amazing challenges.  It’s an important and dramatic chapter in the American story.  It speaks of preparation or in this case, the lack thereof, with the associated disastrous results.

It also calls to mind another favorite book, Give Your Heart to the Hawks by Win Blevins.  Blevins explains that understanding another culture, one that you and others see as primitive and in much need of saving or removing, is like unraveling a Gordian Knot.  It’s nearly impossible! 

Both books help me to realize that truly understanding another person’s point of view is virtually impossible.  We rarely, if ever, are able to “walk a mile in another’s moccasins.”  Expecting someone (or everyone) to look at things the same way that you do is unrealistic, even if they have been with you through life’s journeys.  We all develop different conclusions.

My hope here is to get us to come to a full stop at some point and simply admit that if our experiences were exactly the same as another fellow, we would still likely see most things in life in a different light and with a different perspective.

There are so many things we can agree on.  We should devote our time to these things.  Let’s not waste our time trying to impose our individual points of view on others.  Instead, let’s look and work for the common good.  Something within will whisper to us the truth, and that impossible knot will unravel and slip away.

Mayor David Ogden

Mayor's Corner 7/18/2019

Dear Friends:

Today I’m writing about White Trash; not the plain kind, but the extra-special kind we are blessed with.  Anybody who has lived away from our valley knows how very lucky we are when it comes to our garbage collection.  It really is one of the best values in town or anywhere else!

I have taken advantage of the White’s willingness to haul about anything I put out on the street. Today, I ordered another trash can --- $2.50 a month!  What a bargain.  I should have done it a long time ago.

I’m guilty of putting all kinds of things out, including whatever container I have full of all sorts of things.  Magically, it seems, I can count on a White’s employee with super-human strength to pick it up.  I should know better.  I’m a walking (or limping) example of the cumulative effect of lifting cases of milk and hay bales ever since I was a pup.  Why haven’t I been more understanding of those who lift our trash all day long?  Starting today, I am repenting of my stupidity.

Summer and fall are the times I need an extra trash can the most.  When the kids visit, I can fill up our regular can in five minutes.  Maybe with my extra container waiting to be filled, I might clean out my garage and actually park a vehicle in there.  This extra trash can just might be life-changing!  I guess it really is like repenting.

Come on, citizens (and that means whoever reads this).  Let’s not take advantage of the situation any longer.  We’re getting a great service at a very fair price.  If you’re a landlord, don’t expect Whites to haul off everything your last tenant left behind.  Remodelers, be fair and load your demolition leftovers in truck or order a large dumpster for proper disposal.  Let’s all be mindful of what should (and shouldn’t) be included in our weekly trash pick-up.

Mayor David Ogden

Mayor's Corner 7/25/2019

Dear Friends:

Last week, my sweetheart tended grandchildren at their home in Nevada.  While she was away, my job was to keep the garden and flowers watered.  I’m happy to report that she returned to find most of the greenery alive, and as a result, so am I!

I know that Pioneer Day just passed, but I must say something about pioneers.  They knew they wouldn’t be around long enough to enjoy the shade of the trees they planted.  There’s a great lesson in that.  We plant and build and educate because it’s what is necessary and right for those who follow after us.

Pioneers planted crops for those who would follow them on the trail.  We do the same in a very real sense.  Many who are just starting out on life’s journey are oblivious to our planning and planting.  Their “thank you’s” won’t come for may years, and that’s just fine.  We are only now realizing the sacrifices of those who have trudged ahead and planted and built.

We need to build responsibly and not over-obligate those that follow.  The last thing we want or need is for our progeny to have to pay for mistakes.  Sometimes, however, it appears the safe thing is to do nothing, but that’s truly irresponsible. That’s for people with no vision.  Progress will never mean standing still, and challenges are never overcome by shrinking back.

I’m asked all the time to support causes, and I’m always happy to do that when it’s a worthy one.  I’d like to tell you about one such cause.  My youngest son, Ryan, is a world humanitarian.  He guides folks all over the world to work on worthwhile projects like orphanages, schools, libraries, water systems, etc.  He also makes sure that the volunteers are fully immersed in the cultures they visit.

One of his volunteers is peddling his bicycle across the United States and will be coming here to our valley in the next week.  Check out his progress at revivehumanity.org.  As you look at the website, you may even see some folks from our valley who have traveled and served.

Mayor David Ogden

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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