Friday, April 25, 2008

New Public Works Director

South Ogden City has promoted Jon Andersen as its new Public Works Director as of April 16, 2008. Jon has been with the city for 16 years with his latest capacity being the Parks and Recreation Director for South Ogden City.

At this point in time Jon will oversee both departments. If you need to talk with Jon his phone number is (801) 622-2903 and his email address is

Congratulations Jon on your new assignment.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tree City USA- Arbor Day, April 25, 2008

South Ogden City has been designated as a 2007 Tree City USA. This is the seventh time that we have qualified for this distinction. In order to qualify as an official Tree City USA you have to meet certain criteria.

1) Designate a Urban Forestry Commission directed by a professional arborist.

We have created an Urban Forestry Commission made up of volunteers that serve four-year term in relation to trees in our city. Our Parks and Recreation Director Jon Andersen is the administrator for the Commission and he is a certified arborist.

2) The city must pass an ordinance that establishes the Urban Forestry Commission and allow them to create and Urban Forest Management Plan.

Our city just updated and approved our Urban Forest Management Plan at our last City Council meeting on April 15, 2008.

3) Establish an annual budget of $2 per capita dedicated to urban forestry.

Every year we designate money to be spent at our parks or otherwise that falls under this criteria. For example Phase 2 of the Nature Park will have about $50,000 worth of trees when it is completed.

4) It must organize an Arbor Day event complete with an official proclamation.

At our last City Council meeting on April 15, 2008 the City Council officially proclaimed Friday, April 25, 2008 as Arbor Day in our city. We will be holding a tree planting ceremony at Club Heights Elementary at 10:00 a.m. on April 25th.

Friday, April 18, 2008

South Ogden Pride Day

Have you ever thought to yourself, "How could I better serve my community" or "I would like to serve, but don't really know how to go about it."

The purpose of South Ogden Pride Day is to give our citizens a chance to give back to the community by creating a project that could help beautify our city and possibly save the city some money.

This year we have chosen the new South Ogden Nature Park. Phase 1 of the park is completed and Phase 2 is scheduled to be done this summer. However we would like to clean up a part of this park in preparation for Phase 2 (which is a walking trail around the wetlands).

This community project will take place on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the South Ogden Nature Park. The park is located at 5874 S. Park Vista Drive (1175 East). The park is directly to the south of the Ogden Athletic Club.

We ask you to come and bring your families along with a shove, rake, and gloves if you have them. If you don't, we have things that need to done without garden tools. Water and treats will be available.

Please invite your family, friends, neighbors, even non-residents if they're looking for something to do on a Saturday. The more people we get the more we'll get done.

Now is your chance to help make a difference in your community.