With its many steep roads heading down to the lake, it’s not surprising that Ogden received a lot of damage to its roads network last week when the snow was melting fast. “I went on a road trip with our roads inspector just before Easter and there were seven or eight culverts that were seriously affected,” said Ogden mayor Michael Sudlow. Although it will take some time to permanently repair the damage, all of Ogden’s roads are passable. The two culverts that were reinforced earlier in the winter seem to be holding up so far. “The water washed away the earth around the culverts and some of them may have to be dug up and slotted into each other again. It’s probably the worst year for the sheer number of culverts that were washed out,” he added.
The town received an offer to buy the Graniteville United church which was built in 1896 and is the only church in town. Questionnaires were sent to Ogden households for their feedback on the subject but not much support was shown. Of the 65 to 70 replies to the questionnaire, about half said “no” while the other half said yes with a lot of ifs and buts. The offer was officially declined by the town. Until two years ago, one service per year was held there. “There just wasn’t enough support from the citizens. It would require a lot of investment, about $60,000, just to make the church safe for the public,” said the mayor.