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ELECTION TIME

By the time you read this article, you may have already received your by-mail ballot in the mail, or will be receiving it in the next few days. Read and follow the instructions carefully on the ballot, so that your vote will be counted.   There are several ways to return your ballot:

Returning your ballot by mail:  
    1.  Mark your ballot and place it in the return envelope
    2.  Sign the affidavit on the return envelope
    3.  Place a First Class stamp on the return envelope
    4. Mail it on, or before, November 2, 2015 (Ballots post marked later than this cannot be counted)

Returning your ballot in person:
    1.  Mark your ballot and place it in the return envelope
    2.  Sign the affidavit on the return envelope
    3.  Place your ballot in the secure drop box at the South Ogden City Offices (3950 Adams Ave)
    4.  Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, October 6th - November 2nd or
               Election Day, November 3rd from 7:00AM to 8:00 PM

We recognize a portion of the population feels it is important to participate in their democracy on Election Day in person; therefore a polling place will be provided at City Hall on Election Day.  Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm.  If you plan on voting in person on Election Day, please bring your by-mail ballot with you.

The following information was provided by the candidates and is for informational purposes only. The candidates are listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot.
City Council Candidate Profiles
ADAM S. HENSLEY
Occupation: Attorney  
Age: 36   
City of residence: South Ogden  
Years of residence in current city: 30 
Contact email: ahensley01@gmail.com
I have been a resident of South Ogden for most of my life. I was raised in this city, went to school here, and feel like I am the lucky benefactor of many who have come before me. My wife and is also from South Ogden and together we want to ensure that this is the best place for all our South Ogden neighbors.  I think our city is exceptional, and am willing to do my part to keep it that way. I am an attorney and have served many residents here.  I have had the pleasure of working with friends and the community on issues of business development, community preservation, and city planning as well as many other issues. I will bring a fresh and independent perspective to the city council. The preservation of our city,  ensuring the nature and quality of our communities remains unmatched for each and every South Ogdenite, and keeping South Ogden the place we would all want to continue to call home and want to live and raise our families, will be the guiding principles of my term as councilman.
WAYNE M. SMITH
 Occupation: Deputy Sheriff Sergeant 
Age: 48   
City of residence: South Ogden  
Years of residence in current city: 44 
Contact email: waynesmith67@gmail.com
I am a 46 year resident of South Ogden City.  I am married to Sheila Smith and together we have 4 children we are raising in this great city.  I am employed with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office as a supervisor and have supervised various areas of law enforcement.  I am the Utah Delegate for the National Narcotics Officers Association Coalition and served as President of the Utah Narcotic Officer’s Association.  I am a current member of the South Ogden City Council, have served as Mayor Pro Tem, and am a Board Member on the Ogden Chamber of Commerce.  It is important to me to protect our quality way of life by investing in safety, strict housing standards to protect property values, upgrade aging city infrastructures, and seek new businesses to keep the city economy vibrant.  With 26 years of law enforcement experience and my current position on the city council, I have learned to make decisions based on the appropriate choice for the situation, not based on personal opinion, bias, or agendas.  This quality alone helps me make decisions that best represent city government, our citizens, and the employee’s of South Ogden City.
BRENT J. STRATE
Occupation: Teacher 
Age: 49 
City of residence: South Ogden 
Years of residence in current city: 6 
Contact email: bmstrate@q.com 
Website: http://brentstrate.blogspot.com
Fellow Residents, I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to serve as a South Ogden City Council Member.  It is now again your choice to determine if I will continue in this capacity. As a 25 year veteran history teacher, I have learned two valuable things.  First, I must truly care about the growth and success of students. And second, I must constantly improve my teaching skills and techniques.  Serving on the city council is like that.  I must truly care about concerns and issues affecting the residents of South Ogden, and I must continue to improve my understanding of issues every day.  Four years ago I identified precepts to guide my council service.  Once again, MY PLEDGE to the residents of South Ogden is: I will take time to listen and understand the concerns of residents. I will study the issues thoroughly and balance the opinions of many. I will be polite and respectful of those who have opinions that vary from mine. I will be loyal to the residents of South Ogden by respecting taxpayers’ dollars. I will strive to gain your support by being honest, and dedicated to the values of our community.
SALLEE ORR
Age: 57  
City of residence: South Ogden  
Years of residence in current city: 24 
Contact email: SalleeOrr4SouthOgden@gmail.com   
Website: http://so4so.blogspot.com
Serving South Ogden City is my passion.  I am committed to help South Ogden City move forward as the the best community in which to live, work and play. My priorities include: Improve community safety for our children.  With much support, I worked with UDOT to provide a crosswalk at Highway 89/ 4400 South and also with UDOT to improve the crossing at Highway 89/Sunset with a right hand turn lane.  My current priority is to provide sidewalks for children for safe walking routes to and from school. Community pride, ordinance enforcement, road improvements and business development are also priorities.   I will work to achieve these with fiscal responsibility. My active involvement with the Senior Center, South Ogden Days and the South Ogden Business Alliance  allows me to stay in touch with the residents and businesses of South Ogden City.  Connected and involved community leaders and residents are key to maintaining our great city. I am an active member of the Safe Kids Coalition of Weber County, Bonneville Communities that Care,  the neighborhood caucus, the Weber Mosquito Abatement Board, and the Utah League of Cities and Towns Legislative Policy Committee. Together we will make a difference!
City Council Updates
A Message from Councilmember Bryan Benard
Fall is in the air.  The leaves are starting to turn…and campaign signs are starting to pop up!  It is an exciting time of year and this year there are three city council positions in South Ogden up for election.  This is your opportunity as citizens to get involved, meet the candidates, and have direct participation in choosing our leaders.  What an amazing blessing it is to live in a country where we have free speech, freedom of expression, the right to associate, and the right to vote.  Please do not take this for granted and cast your vote (and be ready to follow the new voting procedures!).
            With these tremendous rights also comes the responsibilities to act civilly and respectfully.  We have a proud history of fair and respectful elections in our city—another huge blessing compared to many other cities.  Each candidate who has “put themselves out there” has done so out of a desire to better our community.  Each one has strengths.  Each one will have weaknesses.  I hope we can all be cordial and fair in discussing those strengths and weaknesses and that the candidates and their supporters will campaign in a fair and respectful way.  This includes following all of the posted election rules and sign rules and ordinances.  Fair play is expected and we as citizens are entitled to that.  
           Civility is becoming a lost art.  In the age of emailing or texting—where we miss so much of both verbal and non-verbal communication—misunderstandings seem to have increased and civility sometimes feels like a thing of the past.  No doubt we will be barraged with Presidential debates (sometimes they are more like a circus than a debate) over the next year, but I hope our local discourse will remain positive, friendly, respectful, and fair.  Now don’t forget to vote! 
Click here to access full meeting agendas online
P O L I C E     D E P T.

Old Fashioned Trick-or-Treat AND Trunk-or-Treat: Come trick-or-treat with the Police Department the good old fashioned way! This year South Ogden City Police and Fire have moved their trunk-or-treat that has traditionally taken place at South Ogden Jr. High to support the Ghouls and Goblins Community Festival running October 13-17. The trick-or-treating activity will be on Friday, October 16th from 6pm-8pm. This event will start at the 7-11 on 40th Street in South Ogden and trick-or-treaters will visit all the participating businesses around the block up to the South Ogden City Hall rear parking and back around to Burch Creek Mercantile. See map online at www.southogdencity.com.

Rabies Clinic: Time for shots? Need to renew you dog license? Come to South Ogden Animal Services (5594 S. Adams Ave. Parkway) for the Fall Rabies Clinic! Get your pets chipped and vaccinated on Saturday, October 17 from 12pm - 3pm. Also, 2016 licenses will be sold for South Ogden and Washington Terrace residents. Questions? Conact the South Ogden Animal Services at (801)622-2949.
-Microchips: $20
-Rabies vaccination: $10
-Dog Combo: $25
-Cat Combo: $25
BIG THANK YOU to Club Heights Elementary Students! The police and fire departments would like to extend our appreciation to the students of Club Heights Elementary for the beautiful cards they made! Thank you so much! 
R E C R E A T I O N
Junior Jazz: We will be holding Junior Jazz basketball sign-ups for Boys grades 3rd-9th from Oct. 12 – Nov. 15, 2015.  The season will run January – March. Cost is $45 for South Ogden City residents and $50 for non-residents. Cost does not include a jersey.
Registrations:South Ogden City will be running an adult Men’s and adult Women’s fall basketball league and youth boys and girls competitive basketball leagues for grades 3rd-9th.  Registration will run Nov.9, 2015 - Dec. 6, 2015.  We also have registration open for adult Dodgeball (Women’s and Coed) and adult Volleyball (Women’s and Coed) that will run through the same time.  If you are interested in any of these leagues, please call us at 801-622-2950 for more information.

 
P U B L I C   W O R K S
Fall Maintenance: The Public Works Department will soon begin annual Fall maintenance around the city.  This consists of sweeping the city streets and pruning trees. It is the resident’s responsibility to prune trees in the park strip.  This does require a permit at no charge and is available at City Hall or on our website.
Just as a reminder, the City does not offer programs for picking up bagged leaves. It is the residents’ responsibility to discard them properly.
Please keep gutters clean of fallen leaves and please do not sweep fallen leaves from your property into the gutter as it can cause clogging of the City’s storm drain system.  Individuals caught dumping items into city gutters or storm drain system will be criminally prosecuted and may be required to pay all costs associated with the cleanup of areas it may affect downstream. If you suspect or witness illegal dumping into our storm drain system, please notify the Public Works Department at 801-622-2900.
Clean-up Program:The Neighborhood Cleanup Program and Mixed/Green Waste Trailer Rental will be available until November 1, 2015.  If you are interested in renting, please contact the Public Works Department at 801-622-2900
E V E N T S
Scarecrow Contest: Our next upcoming event will be the Ghouls and Goblins Festival. This event was first organized five years ago by Robert Higgs, owner of Burch Creek Mercantile and South Ogden resident. The event has continued to grow each year and it has become a great addition to the city! This year, the city will be supporting the week long of fun activities by hosting the Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrows can reflect a special theme or promote a business, organization, individual or event. Participation in the event is FREE and all community members, families, businesses, school, religious groups or other organizations are encouraged to participate! Last year was the first year this event took place and we had thirteen scarecrows! The scarecrows will be on display for the entire week of the Ghouls and Goblins Festival, October 13-17. The community will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite scarecrow! Voting will take place October 13-17 at South Ogden City Hall and online. The awards from the scarecrow contest will be announced via social media on Monday, Octoboer 19th! Click here to register! 
Click here to view our participants from the 2015 Community Scarecrow Contest!
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