North Ogden November News

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:45am
Dawn Scothern / newsletters

Mayor Brent Taylor wrote a note about new things happening in the City. “Our City has issued far more building permits in 2017 than any previous year; and, 2018 is stacking up to be even bigger.  I understand that many do not wish to see any further growth, and I personally would love to see many of our beautiful farm fields stay just as they are, but the choice to develop lies solely with the property owner.  As a City, we do not ask farmers or landowners to develop their land.  Development is always initiated by the landowner for their own personal reasons.  Our role as a City is to properly plan and prepare for growth.  To that end, North Ogden City has among the highest impact fees in the area, meaning fees that are paid on each new home or building towards our City’s water, sewer, storm water, parks and recreation, and road infrastructure.  These impact fees help ensure that new residences “pays their fair share” toward expanding the City’s infrastructure to be able to sustain the additional people.  We have and are using these fees to dig new water wells, to construct new basins to hold more storm water, and to widen and improve our city roads to handle more traffic, including the upcoming widening project at Washington Blvd. /2600 North.  I want to assure you that city leaders and staff are working diligently to prepare our City for the growth that is happening. 

Our program to beautify Washington Blvd. continues, with a gorgeous vinyl wrap of the historic Barker Barn on Fruitland Dr. to complete the UTA bus stop in front of Intermountain Healthcare, the first of five such stops.  These provide a place for bus patrons out of the weather, and help beautify and brand our City’s commercial corridor.  The second phase of our new street light installation on Washington Blvd. will also begin early next year, bringing improved nighttime visibility and more flower baskets! “

Brent Taylor, Mayor of North Ogden, shares: “We want to Congratulate Pat Wickersham on North Ogden Employee of the Month. Pat Wickersham is a permanent-part time employee assisting in the Green Waste Facility.  She is the person that takes your passes when you visit the facility. Thanks for all you do.”

Friday, December 1st a North Pole Express mailbox will be placed at Bicentennial Park. Letters mailed by noon on December 19th will receive a response from Santa. To help Santa save on postage, all letters must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

The beginning of the Christmas season with the lighting of Bicentennial Park, Washington Blvd, and Pleasant View Drive. The program will include entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa. On Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Santa will be at his house at Bicentennial Park the following dates and times:

Saturday, December 2nd: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Monday, December 4th: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Saturday, December 9th: 11:00-3:00pm

Monday, December 11th: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Saturday, December 16th: 11:00-3:00 pm

Monday, December 18th: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Students of the Month are Kobe Bassett from Maria Montessori Academy. Oakley Lawrence from Orion Junior High School. Abbey Smoot from North Ogden Junior High School. Congratulations!

8th Annual Community Christmas—accepting donations for toys, clothing, winter gear, boots and shoes to help over 2,000 local children for Christmas! Donation deadline is December 15th. For more information on how you can help:

Ribbon Cutting was Tuesday, November 14th for the North Ogden Skate Park. After a long construction process, the Skate Park is done! Bring your board, bike, or scooter and skate away! Great job Parks & Rec in managing this process. The relocation of the Skate Park was paid for by Weber County as part of the library expansion, as the old skate park will now be used for additional library parking.

Park of the month is McGriff Park at 2950 North 900 East.

The weather might be chilly, but it is perfect for a brisk fall walk around the quarter mile track at McGriff Park. This 5 acre park also features a playground, restrooms and a pavilion to seat 150 people. The views to the south cannot be beat. Like many of North Ogden’s parks, McGriff doubles as a detention basin, with enough room for a soccer field in the bottom of the basin and inside the track. If you visit at the right time of year, you may even find blackberries and cherries. This is a great park to find some "North Ogden rocks" as well. Keep an eye open for some beautiful new solar lights along the north part of the trail coming soon!