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Vision and Goals

Seneca, a Roman philosopher once stated, "To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind." On the front page of the February 2014 city newsletter the city council shared, for the first time, its vision for South Ogden City. The vision states, "By 2025 South Ogden City will stand out as the friendliest, safest, and most inviting place to live, work and visit in Weber County; where engaged residents feel at home while enjoying the highest quality of life in a vibrant community defining itself through innovative development and excellent public services." This vision will be used to help drive important policy and administrative decisions as the city moves forward in continuing to make South Ogden a great place to live, work and visit.

Thomas Edison once said, "Vision without implementation is hallucination." From the city’s broad vision statement the council has established five key strategic directives and many specific goals and action plans. The five strategic directives are: 1. Promote fiscal responsibility of public funds. 2. Aggressively promote innovative, cohesive and vibrant development. 3. Provide professional and excellent public services. 4. Engage the community. 5. Establish a friendly, safe and inviting place to live, work and visit.

Under each of the broad strategic directives the city has established several important goals that will be their focus over the next twelve months including, among others: 1. Completion of a community-wide survey to learn more about what the residents want. 2. Formulation of a parks committee to look at ongoing funding and maintenance of the city’s parks. 3. Completion of a new city brand that will be incorporated into street designs, signage, etc. 4. Increase walking and bike paths within designated safe routes to schools. 5. Take advantage of important economic development opportunities. 6. Complete a new form-based code for commercial areas of the city.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about how you can be more involved in helping your city realize these goals and the city’s vision, please contact the city offices and ask how you can help. There are many opportunities to get involved and help move South Ogden forward towards achieving its vision.

City Council Updates

A Message from Councilmember Sallee Orr 

The vision statement of South Ogden City states, "By 2025 South Ogden City will stand out as the friendliest, safest, and most inviting place to live, work, and visit in Weber County; where engaged residents feel at home while enjoying the highest quality of life in a vibrant community defining itself through innovative development and excellent public services." Often phrases like: "City Beautiful," "City of Homes," "Home," are used to describe South Ogden City. South Ogden City needs your help! South Ogden is a beautiful, enjoyable and safe place to live and we need your help to keep it that way.

Over the past few years, the City has been focusing on enforcing our nuisance and yard maintenance ordinances more diligently, yet there continues to be more and more violators. We need the help of residents in identifying potential nuisances so our police department can inspect the properties, notify violators and work with the property owners to rectify the problems. The City is working on cost effective ways to improve our parks but we need your help to report suspicious activities, vandalism and graffiti. The repair and replacement of vandalized equipment is very costly.

Our South Ogden Police Department would like to know as soon as possible if there are potential problems in a park. You can call or text if you become suspicious of something you see going on. In this newsletter you’ll find contact information for the police department. Last year the city sent out free magnets with the police contact information. These magnets are still available at the Police Department. If the suspicious activity occurs after normal business hours please call 911, state that it is NOT an emergency and continue to tell the dispatch operator the problem or suspicious activity. They will then immediately notify the officers on duty.

As members of the city council we care very much about our city and we want it to stay the best city in which to live, work and play. Keep in touch with your elected officials. We are your voice in your local government and we work to serve each of you. We are available to listen and help. We are all in this together and working together we can continue to keep South Ogden a GREAT place to live!

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P O L I C E     D E P T.

Local Official’s Day at the Legislature: The South Ogden Youth City Council attended Local Official’s Day at the Legislature last month. It was a great opportunity for our youth city council to gather as the 2015 Utah legislative session began and get an inside look at how controversial issues are debated and laws are made. They had a unique opportunity to participate in a mock committee hearing and debate an issue that the legislature is considering. They met with local officials and legislators and ended the day with a luncheon while listening to the legendary quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

Free Car Seat Checkup: Are you concerned your child’s car seat might not be properly installed? It’s a legitimate concern. Four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly and can put your child’s safety in jeopardy. South Ogden Police Department proudly offers free car seat checks with a certified car seat technician, upon appointment. Call today for your appointment and put your mind at ease, knowing your child is properly restrained.

Vaccination Clinic March 14th at South Ogden Animal Shelter Rabies Vaccinations are required by law, they can be administered at 4 months of age, and the first dose will be current for one full year from date of administration.  Combo vaccinations are for your pet’s protection and are not required by law but are HIGHLY recommended for your pet’s health. Dr. Panter of  Animal Care Clearfield will be on site administering Rabies and core vaccines at a discount price for both DOGS AND CATS OF ALL AGES.  No appointment necessary. Clinic will be from 12:00 Until 3:00, You WILL be able to MICROCHIP and LICENSE your pet for south Ogden, or Washington terrace… NON RESIDENTS OF SOUTH OGDEN AND WASHINGTON TERRACE ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!!!  

S P E C I A L   E V E N T S

Easter Egg Hunt: It’s that time of year again for the Easter Egg Hunt! The egg hunt will be at Friendship Park (655 E. 5500 S.) in South Ogden. For this year’s egg hunt we have added a few new and exciting activities including carrot eating contests, colored egg decorating, children’s yoga class and an Easter arts and crafts station! South Ogden City is looking to use this event to support the "60 minutes of active-play each day" initiative, encouraging children to become more active each day. As a result, this event will focus more on providing children with opportunities to play and less on candy. Many of our prizes this year will be activity-centered (balls, hula hoops, jump ropes, etc...)If you are interested in donating items for this event or volunteering, please contact Jill via email at events@southogdencity.com or call 801-622-2705. More information is also available online at www.southogdencity.com.
 

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F I R E   D E P T.

Special Training: South Ogden Fire Department was able to send Chief West, Deputy Chief Rasmussen, and Captain Bronson to participate in a very beneficial training at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland. This training is provided and paid for through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This 10-day course focused on managing the effective allocation of resources and fiscal assets to improve service risk reduction and sustainability outcomes. It also introduced a method to evaluate the impact of changes in resources levels on performance goals and outcomes.

The course demonstrated how to identify and prioritize resource needs and create decision packages that align resources and funding with the most effective approach to risk reduction outcomes. With the knowledge and experiences gained during this 2 week training, South Ogden City and specifically the Fire Department is better equipped to provide for the citizens of our community today and into the future.

South Ogden Fire is committed to providing the highest service to those that live and travel within the City.

Business Spotlight

Young Subaru is part of the Young Automotive Group that is celebrating 90 years in business this year! Operating a family-owned business with local roots, the Young’s have been taking good care of people and doing business the right way for generations. Young Subaru believes it is important to establish trust & loyalty in the community where we live and work, offer an exceptional value to every customer every day, work together & rise together with each other including customers and community leaders, and to engage & support the local community. Over the last few years, Young Subaru has donated over $50,000 to local charities and community events including South Ogden Days, the Weber District School Foundation, and South Ogden Animal Services among others. Our annual pet adoption has placed over 250 animals in new homes! We are happy to make South Ogden home and are here to serve the members of our community. Every vehicle sold (new or pre-owned) includes our Young Auto Care 2-year complimentary maintenance package.  Young Subaru *  3920 Riverdale Road South Ogden, UT 84405  * Phone (801) 621-3431 * www.youngsubaru.com
 

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