OGDEN -- Mayor Matthew Godfrey, who announced last week he won't be seeking a fourth term in November's election, says he intends to accomplish a number of lofty goals before leaving office at the end of the year.
"My transmission doesn't have a neutral," Godfrey said, adding he will step up his workload over the next nine months.
City Councilman Doug Stephens said he's looking forward to reviewing Godfrey's goals.
"It's worthwhile to evaluate them and see how they fit into the makeup of the city and benefit revitalization and growth," he said.
Godfrey is confident his staff will be able to accomplish one of his most pressing objectives by attracting companies to provide 1,000 new local jobs.
City officials are in various stages of discussion with several businesses considering relocating to Ogden, said Godfrey, who declined to identify the companies.
Another Godfrey goal is the start of construction on a commercial and residential development on about 8 acres owned by the city that's part of the long-anticipated Ogden River Project.
Construction is expected to begin in June on the property north of 20th Street between Washington Boulevard and Grant Avenue, said Jonny Ballard, the city's community development manager.
He declined to release information about who will be developing the property or when that phase of the Ogden River Project may be completed.
The project has been in the planning stages since 2002. About 50 parcels in the project area, encompassing 10 acres, are owned by Ogden Riverfront Development, a firm affiliated with developer Gadi Leshem.
The Ogden Redevelopment Agency owns about 18 acres; the remaining land in the project area belongs to existing businesses.
Godfrey also said he's committed to seeing the city undertake construction of a $40 million multipurpose field house downtown. He plans to discuss the project further with the city council in the next few months.
A proposal calls for the field house to feature a 60,000-square-foot indoor water park, an Olympic-sized pool, tennis courts, a running track and a velodrome for bicycle racing.
The project suffered a setback in February when the Weber County RAMP tax advisory board refused to recommend awarding $2.4 million in grant funds over five years toward construction of the facility.
Godfrey said while work on the field house may not start before his exit from office, he's confident the next mayor will see the value of the project.
"If it makes sense and it's good, why would someone not want it?"