Richmond growing slowly, slowly
RICHMOND -- The population growth of Richmond has stayed relatively small and internal compared with other communities surrounding Logan.
According to the 1990 census, the population of Richmond was 1,955 people. The city grows at about 2.5 to 3 percent every year, and according to the 2000 census the population was 2,051.
Mayor Kip Panter said the population grows because Richmond families are growing. Also, those who grew up in Richmond might come back after they finish college and want to live here, he said.
"The growth in areas close to Logan is intense," Panter said.
Richmond is 14 miles north of Logan. Richmond is far enough away from Logan to not experience the intense growth that other communities closer to Logan have met with, he said.
The Utah Division of Transportation will widen U.S. 91 that goes through Richmond from a two-lane highway to a four-lane highway. Construction on the highway is expected to begin in 2003.
Panter said he doesnĘt expect any large change in growth due to the widening of the highway. He said it may change how they grow, but he doesnĘt foresee any problems.
"I don't think the rate of growth will change significantly," said Panter.
The only problems Richmond would face with large growth are water and sewer, said Panter. Right now the water that Richmond has is enough for 200 to 300 homes, he said. The sewer in Richmond is also sufficient for the needs of the residents of the city. He said the sewer system is a good system.
"The city is prepared for the next 20 years," Panter said.
If there needed to be changes, said Panter, two things need to happen. The first is aeration, and the city is in the process of exploring the technology of aeration. The second is building another sewer pond. But as for now, the system is in "very good shape," he said.