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The Rivergroves had another great service project last week.

Thanks to the seventy-plus neighborhood volunteers who helped make quick 
and enjoyable work of moving nearly 96 tons of gravel from the road to 
the excavated area on the two and half blocks on 800 West to prepare for a new sidewalk.

We don’t keep good stats but if we did Rivergrove would be off the charts for service in their neighborhood.

Free Trees for Provo Residents

shutterstock_12603265Got central air conditioning? If your answer is yes and you are a Provo resident then Provo City Power would like to help you lower your electric bill and energy consumption by offering you a free tree! Provo Power gives away trees once a year to shade homes and reduce energy consumption for their Trees for Energy Conservation Program.


  1. Have central air conditioning in your home.
  2. Sign up for your free tree at and submit the online form located under Trees for Conservation. Once determined that you are eligible, a voucher for your free tree will be emailed to you. There is a limited supply and trees will be given out on a first come-first serve basis to customers that qualify. (All forms must be submitted no later than Tuesday, September 2nd – no vouchers will be processed after that date.)
  3. Pick up your free tree on September 10th, 2014 at 300 West 700 North in Provo, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pre-approved names and addresses will be verified. The trees will be located on the west side of the power plant. Provo City Power Representatives will be available to help you and answer any questions you may have. Tree species selection is on a first come-first serve basis.

*Residents that have received a tree in in the last three years will not be eligible for a tree this year.

Approximately 20 different tree species will be available to select from. Be sure to follow Provo Power on Facebook for more information. A list of trees that will be available that day will be posted 1 week before the event. You can also find more information about various tree species on the Provo City Forestry Division’s Tree Selection Guide.

If you have questions regarding this program or eligibility, you can call our office at 801-852-6852.

Trees Help Reduce Energy Costs

Trees act as a natural air conditioner – reducing heat and reflection from the sun’s hot rays. When the right tree is planted at the proper site, trees can be as beneficial as other energy saving home improvements including insulation, weather stripping, and shade screens. Cooling costs can be reduced 30-50% by proper placement of trees around buildings, air conditioners, and paved areas. Also, lawns shaded by trees use 30-50% less water.

How to get rid of stuff

The simple truth of trash talk is that we Americans generate a lot of garbage. We represent only five percent of the world’s population yet we generate 30 percent of the total amount of the world’s garbage. So what can we do with all of the trash we produce? I’ve put together a helpful list that will hopefully answer your questions about where you can recycle glass, large items, batteries, household waste, yard waste, etc. If you notice anything missing from this list, please let me know by leaving a comment.   How do I dispose of Large Items? If it can …

Redevelopment Agency Survey + Giveaway

We need your input! The Provo City Redevelopment Agency is needing feedback from Provo residents on priorities for spending Federal dollars granted to Provo City for HOME and CDBG programs. The Redevelopment Agency is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, August 26 from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Provo City Council Chambers for residents to learn more about this process. Attendees will be able to participate in a survey and be entered in a drawing! HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) The HOME program is a federal block grant program directed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The purpose of the program is …

Jordan Avenue Flood

We received quite a bit of rain in a small time this past weekend. I thought I’d pass along a few of the pictures that our Public Works Dept captured of the damage. It should have been safely filled in today but I’ll keep updating you here.

Provo on Instagram

Every Saturday I share pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. Trending on Instagram this week: Fresh Wednesday, Movies in the Park, and Aerial shots of Provo. If you would like to be featured in future posts, use the hashtag #Provo or #ProvoRocks when posting your picture. I am also on Instagram and you can follow me at @ProvoMayor. Check out last week’s photos here »

Vote for Provo Mayor Blog

The Best of Utah Valley Magazine competition for local bloggers is going on right now and guess what? The Provo Mayor Blog has made the list! It’s fun to look back and think about when I started this blog – I wasn’t even sure if anyone on the other end was reading it. I remember during the Freedom Festival parade in July 2010 hearing people shout from the crowd, “I love your blog!” It was an ah-ha moment for me. I feel like this blog has given residents a chance to get to know me. I can say things on the blog …

“Part of His Job”

Mr. Mayor,A few minutes ago, I glanced out the window and saw a Provo City Garbage truck pull up in front of my home to take our trash. As the truck’s mechanical arm emptied the garbage container, some of the stuff inside fell onto the street next to the curb.The driver promptly exited the truck, grabbed his broom and shovel and quickly cleaned up the debris.Fortunately, I was able to catch up at the next stop and personally thank Tyler for his effort. His reply was equally impressive. He simply said it was part of his job.The relatively few interactions …

Provo Historical Photos

Did you know that the Provo Library has collected and archived a digital album of historical Provo photos? The photographs were supplied by city departments, residents, businesses and organizations and have been digitized in high quality for educational and personal use. The photos include historical images of Provo buildings, scenery and people. As you look through the collection you will see Provo’s photographic past featuring both prominent buildings and figures and everyday shops and streets. You can browse the gallery on Mountain West Digital Library. The Provo Library also lists other historical Provo photo albums on their site. Included in their list is The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University – …

Last Call for Provo Selfies

  Last call for Provo Selfies! This is the last week for the Provo Selfie Contest. The contest ends Friday, August 22, 2014. I just had a great time going through the selfies that have been shared so far on social media and there are some good ones! (See thumbnails below.) It is going to be hard to award the best selfie… If you haven’t shared a Provo Selfie yet, you still have some time. All you need to do is take a picture of yourself with camera in hand (no mirror shots). The picture must be taken somewhere in Provo – the more …