North Ogden June Updates

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:45pm

A short note from Mayor Chugg:

June is a great month as it ushers in the summer season, my favorite time of the year. The warmth of the season after a cold winter and a cool spring is a welcomed season. It is a time for family vacations, picnics, and various celebrations.

June 14th is Flag Day, a day established in 1777 when the United States approved the design for the first national flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th as the official date for Flag Day and in 1949, the U.S. Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day.

I have visited many countries, but have never seen a flag that has so much majesty and beauty as the Stars and Stripes of Old Glory. It represents much sacrifice as we reflect on the history of this great nation and defending our freedom. It represents what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill and Fort McHenry meant; which was, in short, the rising of a valiant group of people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine the world had ever known.

Cheers to the men and women who fought for it, and tears for the men and women who went down in the grave for it.

Other flags mean a glorious past; our flag means a glorious future.

We are fortunate through the efforts and contributions of many individuals to have a large flag that will fly over North Ogden representing freedom and sacrifice of many of our citizens who have served our country and given their all.

We can summarize by reflecting on the words of George Cohan. He said, “You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high-flying flag and forever in peace may you wave. You’re the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave. Every heart beat true ‘Neath the Red, White, and Blue where there is never a boast or brag. But should old acquaintance be forgot keep your eye on the grand old flag.”

Let us remember and respect this great emblem of freedom and sacrifice that is the real heart of the United States of America.

Brent Chugg, Mayor

We have an outstanding announcement from Boy Scout Troop 435 that honored seven new Eagle Scouts in an Eagle Court of Honor on May 5th. Devon Geppelt, Jacob Lund, Ryan Packer, Brock Parkinson, Owen Pedergast, Jonas Price and Tacoma Sorenson received Scouting’s highest award in a ceremony that included Liberty, a bald eagle from Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

Each of these young men completed the required and optional merit badges as well as an individual service project. In addition to the Eagle Scout Rank, Eagle Palms were presented to Owen Pendergast: Gold Palm, Silver Palm and two Bronze Palms; Johan Price: Gold Palm, Silver Palm and two Bronze Palms; Devon Geppelt: Gold Palm, Silver Palm and two Bronze Palms; Jacob Lund: Gold Palm, Silver Palm and two Bronze Palms; Tacoma Sorenson: one Bronze Palm; and Ryan Packer: one Bronze Palm. Everyone is very proud of each and everyone of these young men for their dedication to service of others.

 Charlene Jones has the honor of employee of the month. Congradulations!

Weber Box Elder Conservation District Board is requesting to go back to the original design for the 2550 detention basin. The council had previously decided to forgo plans to make the area into a pond and instead have a fenced irrigation area inaccessible to the public and have a separate park portion. However, upon further revision, the Board is not convinced the new plan will be eligible for the grant money. They support removing the fence separating the irrigation water from the recreational water, but they only want the pond to be used for fishing for liability reasons.

The council approved phase 2 of the amphitheater construction which would develop the inside of the amphitheater structure. This would men’s and women’s dressing rooms, a mechanical room, a green room for performers, office space, a custodial closet, and scene shops. It would not include coiling doors or audio equipment, but theatrical equipment will be put in as there are funds left.

The fire sprinkler system is a dry system so the structure will not need to be heated during the winter to keep the pipes from freezing. The water for the system is kept at ground level and air is stored in the pipes. If the sprinklers are activated, the air rushing out will be shortly followed by water.