The month of January is the beginning of a new year. It is time when we take a moment to reflect on where we are in life and where we want to be. Since my time serving as your mayor is over, I would like to thank the citizens of North Ogden for the opportunity I have had to be the mayor of a great city. I am thankful for your support and help during this time.
I especially pay tribute to the wonderful employees and staff who work for our city. Their expertise and dedication is very evident when you see the efficient way the city functions. There is no task or request that isn’t completed in a quality manner.
Our Public Works Department provides you with the necessary facilities to make your living conditions comfortable. I hope you appreciate that when you turn on your faucet, you have clean water, that waste water and storm water are taken care of, and the streets are kept in good repair.
When you visit City Hall, you are met with a friendly staff who are always ready to provide you the help you need. They always have a smile and a cheerful attitude. The planning department has great expertise and vision on how to manage growth in our city. The finance department makes sure our funds are spent appropriately and accounted for.
Our Police Department is composed of outstanding individuals who dedicate their lives to provide you a safe place in which to live. They are led by a very competent leadership team who provide them instruction and direction in handling the daily activities of protecting the city. We have been recognized as the seventh safest place to live in the state of Utah.
Our Parks and Recreation Department provide well-maintained parks for our youth and family activities. They also provide wonderful cultural events for our families to enjoy in a beautiful new amphitheater. Our city celebrations are always quality and enjoyable events.
We live in a great community with great people, some who settled here from pioneer stock. It is wonderful place to live and raise a family and it has attracted significant growth. It will continue to grow in the years ahead. We need to plan ahead for this growth and seek direction from everyone as to how we accomplish this. I think of the statement made by President John F. Kennedy when he said,“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”I would paraphrase that to say, “Ask not what your city can do for you – ask what you can do for your city.” With that attitude, we can continue to enjoy the great blessing of living in North Ogden.
It is my hope in the coming year that you may have happiness in your homes, and we may continue to help and serve one another.
Happy New Year!!