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City Council Update
A Message from Councilmember Brent Strate
A Great American Tradition:
The power of tradition strengthens the bonds of unity.  The holiday season is a time resplendent with family and cultural traditions.  We also have traditions that tie into our American political history.
      The Election of 1800, also known as the Revolution of 1800, was marked by a bitter partisan fight between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  The tension between the two men and their respective political parties was high.  The nation was young and the situation unprecedented.  Would the principles outlined in the constitution prevail?  In retrospect, Jefferson referred to the election of 1800 as “a revolution in the principles of our government. …as real as that of 1776 was in its form.”  The great principle established by the election of 1800 was that, for the first time in history, there was a peaceful transfer of power.  As a society we now have over 200 years of experience in the ebb and flow of political change without violence.  This has been clearly established as a tradition within our political society.   
      As the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson believed that certain principles were worthy of defense, potentially to the death.  Nonetheless, as he explained in his inaugural address, “every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.”  It is important that we establish clear principles that define our actions.  Nonetheless, we must be careful to balance between thoughtful vs. dismissive, dogmatic vs. docile, or pragmatic vs. farsighted in our actions and discourse.
      As you enjoy the holiday season with your family, friends, and neighbors; I hope you’ll find time to reflect on those traditions of our nation which makes it great.
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Sub for Santa - Angel Tree: The South Ogden Police Department’s Sub For Santa program will be in full swing by the end of the month!  It’s a great way to get into the true spirit of charity and giving this Christmas season!  Our Angel Tree will be up and full of angels beginning November 25.  Each angel on the tree represents a child in need living in South Ogden City. Each ornament includes their gender, age, and the type of item needed.  Unwrapped items need to be turned in to the police department by  December 16.  Every year our community’s generosity and compassion is felt by so many; thank you!

Winter Parking Ordinance: South Ogden City’s winter parking ordinance is now in effect. The ordinance runs each year between November 1 and April 1.  During these months, vehicles may not be parked on City streets between the hours of 1:00 am and 7:00 am, or during a snowstorm.  Please be mindful and observant of this ordinance.  It is very difficult for plows to effectively clear snow from roadways when vehicles are left parked on the street.   We appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep the roads clear and safe.

Basketball Leagues: South Ogden City Recreation will be holding sign-ups for Boys/Girls competitive youth basketball grades 3-9 from Nov. 9 – Dec. 6, 2015.  The season will run January – March. Cost is $350 per team. Adult Mens and adult Womens Winter Basketball League registration will run Nov.9, 2015 - Dec. 6, 2015.  We also have registration open for adult Dodgeball (Womens 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 or go online to for more information. 
Old Fashioned Family Holiday: Our Annual “Old Fashioned Family Holiday” will be taking place on Friday, December 11 from 6-8pm. Santa and the Mayor will magically light the City’s Christmas Tree and community members in attendance will enjoy warm chilli, hot chocolate, cookies, bonfires, prize give-aways, a christmas card station and entertainment from local performers. Pictures with Santa will also be available free of charge. We want to thank Costco, Macey’s and Page’s Tree Service for their continued support of this great community event!

Annual Subaru Share the Love Pet Adoption: “Young Subaru is partnering with South Ogden City and the ASPCA for our fourth annual Share the Love Pet Adoption Event!  Saturday, December 19th from noon until 4pm. Stop by Young Subaru on Riverdale Road to find your new best friend amongst the fifty plus cuddly cats and dogs! Animals will be chipped, spayed or neutered, and ready for adoption!  Vaccinations and deworming will be available on site.  Give the gift of a home - just in time for the holidays!  Remember, December 19th from noon to 4pm at Young Subaru in South Ogden.

Holiday Safety: With the Holiday Season at hand and cold weather upon us, there are a number of things we should all do to ensure a happy and safe winter:
-When using extension cords for holiday decorations, ensure the cords are rated for what they will be used for, outdoor cords for outdoor use, three prong, and protected from being damaged
-Use candles on sturdy, flat surfaces, and always with adult supervision
-Keep Christmas trees well hydrated, disposing of the trees when the needles can be easily removed by hand
-It is a good idea to have you furnace looked at by a licensed professional.  At the very least, change the furnace filter.  If you have a fireplace and you haven’t had your chimney cleaned in a couple of years, contact a licensed chimney sweep.
These are but a few safety tips for ensuring your Holidays are happy and incident free.  Please drop by your local fire station for more information.
Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season and a great New Year from YOUR South Ogden Fire Department!
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