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F I R E

Grilling Safety: There is nothing like outdoor grilling and the enjoyment of friends and family associated with it. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

Safety Tips
• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
• The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
• Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
• Never leave your grill unattended
• Always make sure your gas grill is open before lighting it
Charcoal Grills:
• If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire
• Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources
• When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container
Have a safe July!
P U B L I C    W O R K S

Hydrants: Every year the public works department flushes and checks all hydrants in the city to ensure hydrants have proper pressure and work correctly.  Flushing of hydrants will take place during the months of July and August this year.  Below are a few question and answers that may be helpful during the flushing.                                                                                                                       
Why is the water pressure low?  The flushing of fire hydrants lowers the water pressure in the area that is being tested.                                     
Why is my water discolored? Customers could experience a temporary discoloration of water due to the unsettling of rust in the water main during hydrant flushing.  Run your cold water for about five minutes– this should clear up the water.             
My clothes have been discolored from the rust, what should I do? Wash your clothes with a rust remover, such as “Iron Out” or “Yellow Out”, which are available at most home improvement stores.  To avoid discoloration in the first place, run your cold water for about five minutes (see above) prior to doing laundry or avoid doing laundry if the hydrants on your street are being flushed.
Is the water safe to drink?  Yes. If the water were unsafe to drink for any reason, a boil alert would be issued.  However, if the discolored water bothers you, let the cold water run until it is clear.    
If you have any questions, you can call the
Public Works Department at 801-622-2900.


 

S T R E E T S

Streets: Since 2012, the City Council has made roads a priority in South Ogden City.  Through bonding and transfer of funds, the Council has made money available to complete much needed road repairs in the City.  Below is a list of road projects that the City has accomplished with the allocated bond/transfer monies.  
2012
Rebuild 5600 South (1475 East to Harrison Blvd)
Total: $145,813.96
2013
Rebuild 5100 South (Harrison Blvd to Glasmann Way)    
Glasmann Way (5100 South to Edgewood Dr)        
1550 East (Highway 89 to Skyline)
Crack seal (4.85 miles various roads)
Total:  $982,771.47
2014
Rebuild Chambers St. (Glasmann Way to 1050 East)
1075 East (5700 South to 5950 South, cul-de-sacs included)
Overlay (5.15 miles various roads)
Total:  $1,806,025.72
2015
Rebuild Willow Wood (Village Way to Village Way, cul-de-sacs included)
Rebuild 37th Street (Washington Blvd to Orchard Ave)
Rebuild 38th Street (Washington Blvd to Orchard Ave)
Chip/Crack/Slurry (4.39 miles various roads)
Total:  $1,261,208.74*

*This total is estimated as some projects are not yet complete and the final cost has not been determined.
The City has been able to accomplish much with the road funding, however it is estimated that an additional 11.6 million dollars is still needed to improve the roads in South Ogden to where they should be.  Recognizing the need for transportation funding, the 2015 Utah Legislature passed a bill allowing local governments to assess a Local Option General Sales Tax (LOGST)on the November ballot.  On June 2, the City Council passed a resolution encouraging Weber County to place the LOGST on the ballot as well as encouraging voters to enact the tax.  This .25% tax would provide much needed money for roads and other forms of transportation to the State, County and City.  It is estimated that South Ogden City would receive approximately $300,000 per year if the LOGST were passed.  The money could be used not only for roads but sidewalks and trails as well. For more information on transportation funding and the LOGST, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqsyrE6FOnU.

E L E C T I O N S
Vote by Mail: South Ogden City will be holding a “hybrid” vote by mail election this year.  That means every registered voter in the City will receive a ballot by mail; however, a polling location (City Hall) will also be provided on Election Day.  
In last month’s newsletter, we explained the reasons the City was conduction a vote by mail election.  This month, we would like to address some concerns you might have with voting by mail.
What would stop someone from taking my ballot from my mailbox and voting in my behalf?
Weber County has the signatures of most registered voters on file.  They compare the signature on the ballot with the signature on file to make sure they match.  If the County does not have your signature on file, you should already have received a notice and request to fill out a form, including your signature, and return it to the County Elections office.  If you have not returned the form, please do so as soon as possible.
Also, fraudulently voting on behalf of someone else is a class A misdemeanor, which is punishable with up to a $1,950 fine and possible jail time, not to mention the federal charges for tampering with the US Mail.
How safe is my ballot once it leaves my possession?
Once your ballot is delivered to the election office, it is locked in a secure room until it is ready to be processed.  While being processed, there are always at least two election workers present in a room that has security cameras.
How do I know my right to secret ballot is maintained?
There is only one point in processing the ballot where the name of the voter could be associated with the ballot itself.  Again, the County Elections Office has policies in place to maintain the integrity of the election and the processing of the ballots.  The ballots are always kept under lock and key until they are being processed, and then they are always in the presence of at least two election workers and under video surveillance.  Please know that the City and County have done everything they can to insure the integrity of this and every election.  
If you are not registered to vote there is still plenty of time left to do so.  The easiest and most convenient way to register is to visit www.vote.utah.gov and click on the “Register to Vote” button.  If you do not have online access, you can register to vote in person at the Weber County Elections Office, 2380 Washington Blvd., Ste. 320, Ogden Utah 84401.  You can also register to vote at South Ogden City Hall, 3950 Adams Ave., South Ogden UT 84403 upstairs at the Administrative Offices window.   The deadline to register and still be able to vote in the November 3 election is October 26 for in-person registration or October 27 for online registration.
If you have further questions, feel free to call City Recorder Leesa Kapetanov at 801-622-2709.
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