Being the mayor gives me the opportunity to frequently connect with our residents in-person, over the phone and through email. I appreciate the interest citizens have in our city and their passion to keep North Ogden a great place to live. North Ogden is more than just an incorporated municipality; it is a community. Although we are approaching 22,000 residents, we can maintain a “sense of community” by sharing common interests, concerns, and goals. I’d like to share some of the recent concerns that have been shared with me and provide a brief response along with an opportunity to strengthen our sense of community.
Parks seem to be of interest to numerous citizens. We are having a difficult time hiring seasonal employees to maintain grassy areas. As a result, and in an attempt to conserve water, lawns probably will only be mowed every other week. Some play equipment has been removed from parks, and other equipment needs to be replaced. The city council is addressing this situation in the budget process, but it will take some time to get a rotation schedule in place. The funds to replace the equipment at Wadman Park are included in next year’s budget.
Speaking of parks, I want to make you aware of the “Prune, Clear and Preserve” service project at Barker Park. This event will be held on June 18th. The Build Barker Park, a non-profit organization, has a goal to enhance this beautiful area without using city tax dollars. Projects of this nature contribute to a sense of community. For more details, see the article included in this month’s Connection Magazine.
I have also received several inquiries about the “Flip Your Strip” program. As a reminder, secondary water in North Ogden is controlled primarily by Pineview Water. A program of this nature would take significant coordination with Pineview and meaningful resources that are unavailable in the city. We are more than happy to support Pineview if they move forward with this program, but they would have to provide most of the resources.
Several residents have recently discovered that they have unknowingly violated city ordinances when they have installed fences, sheds, or made minor improvements to their residences. I encourage residents to contact the city planning department to determine if their project meets city code and to get the proper permits. The statement, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies here.
I must admit I have not received any communication as interesting as a friend of mine who is a mayor in Utah County. A lady emailed him regarding a neighbor’s dog who had bitten another resident. She said the dog was a good dog, but, because of the incident, the court had decided the dog needed to be euthanized. She was sure the mayor could commute the dog’s sentence and asked him to do so. He was unable to meet her request!
As your mayor, I’m committed to do all I can to help our residents, but there are limitations.
Mayor Neal Berube