City Council Update: The police officer shortage

North Ogden City is short police officers, said City Attorney Jon Call, and it might be a good idea to begin recruitment activities. He suggested the city consider sponsoring people through the post certification program for police officer training. Councilman Phillip Swanson said they need to take a hard look at this possibility. Two city employees are already interested in getting into the profession according to City Recorder Annette Spendlove.

The city and police department split responsibility for different parts of code enforcement and Call said they will add some clarification for who is responsible for what. This was discussed because Christopher Bombholt said he noticed 14 code violations after driving around his neighborhood. He saw recreational vehicles, trailers, broken down vehicles, and RVs that extend beyond their backyards. He said he tried to find who is responsible for enforcing code, but he was bounced between the city offices and the police department. Call also suggested hiring a part time code enforcement officer.

The North Ogden Connection

Ryan Spelts, the creator the North Ogden Connection Magazine, reported they have recently published the 24th issue of the print magazine for the City. He said they have published more content online than he originally expected and the public engagement has gone up since last year. “We had 121 photo contestants this year.”  Mayor Brent Chugg said he hears good comments about the magazine.

Council Comments

Swanson wanted to clear any rumors surrounding the Weber High school incident. State HASMAT crews inspected Weber High after several students reported feeling sick. They checked for carbon monoxide and other fumes but found nothing. Swanson said some thought the boilers were responsible but the boilers are non-functional at this point.

Councilman Carl Turner said the Youth City Council does a lot of good for the community. They have recently done a service project for the community gardens.  Turner said anyone from 9th grade to 12th grade can join the youth committee.

Other public comments

Gaylene Jepson who is interested in running a in-home daycare asked if the council would consider the zoning ordinance change earlier than scheduled.  She said she would have to make modifications to the outside of her home to make state requirements if they approve it.

Annexation Petitions

After holding the public hearing, the council accepted the annexation petition for the 2.49 acres located on the Mackley residence after Weber County reviewed the petition.

The council approved the ordinance rezoning 2700 N 850 E  to r-1-8 in Mountain Valley Villas.

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