Message from Mayor Berube

Have you ever looked back at your life and wondered why everything didn’t turn out as originally planned? If you’re like me, you may have concluded that, over time, most things generally have a way of working out. When I started working at Associated Food Stores, over 30 years ago, the CEO at the time had a sticker inside every one of his suit coats that said: “You Gotta Believe!” At first, I thought it was a little corny, but, over time, I learned there was truth in that statement. Things may not work out exactly like we want, but with patience and belief, and if we embrace the season we are in, there can be a degree of peace and happiness in most situations. We just Gotta Believe there is!

Based upon our experiences in life, we view how things should be. Sometimes, we look around and wonder why things are better for our neighbor or the family of our friends. Some look around North Ogden and wonder why we don’t have this type of business or why the city just can’t stay like it was when we moved here many years ago. These are all good questions, but just like with life, everything doesn’t turn out exactly the way we want it. However, over time I believe things have a way of working out, and they will in North Ogden! There are many opportunities in our community that can improve our quality of life, and they are being vetted by those who have North Ogden’s best interest in mind. Councilman Dalpias and the economic development committee, chaired by Terry Bexell, are pursuing those opportunities.

By now most of you know what eatery will be on the property just west of the library. For those of you who are still wondering, Phil and Mike Child are opening a Nielsens Frozen Custard! We appreciate their continued investment in the city and wish them great success.

The major motivation for business development in the city should be to enhance the quality of life in our city. Another component is the sales tax revenue that is generated. Without growth in sales tax revenues, the city must increase its reliance on property taxes, which puts additional burdens on homeowners. None of us want that! As your elected officials, we are committed to seeking a balance in revenues that is equitable. You can help this balance by shopping in North Ogden whenever possible.

As spring approaches, it’s a great time for renewal and to look at how we view things. For those who choose to do this, I would encourage you to invoke the saying “You Gotta Believe.”

Have an awesome April!
Mayor Neal Berube

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