6 a.m.: jog the Provo River trail
7 a.m.: wellness screening at UVRMC
8 a.m.: serving breakfast at Food and Care Coalition
9 a.m.: Freedom Festival Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
10:30 a.m.: hockey skills training at The Peaks Arena
Noon: speak to youth at HOBY conference in Aspen Grove and snow ski at Sundance
1:30 p.m.: bungee trampoline at Provo Towne Centre
2 p.m.: throw football passes with Cosmo at Lavell Edwards Stadium
3 p.m.: read to children at Provo City Library
4 p.m.: waterski at Utah Lake
5 p.m.: motorcycle ride up Provo Canyon
6:30 p.m.: recognize outstanding teachers at Provo School District Foundation’s Evening of Excellence
Provo is in the national spotlight again. This time Fox Business is asking about Forbes.com ranking us number two for business and careers. So I’m returning to the KBYU studio for another live interview via satellite. I’ll be on at 12:20 p.m. today. I think all this media attention for the city is great.
This is the Provo Energy Smart House, located at 279 S. 600 W. It was built in the 1920’s and its recent rehabilitation included several energy efficient upgrades. A great way to celebrate Earth Day would be to come to its grand opening on Thursday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be representatives from Provo City Power and Water, Questar Gas, and Central Utah Water Conservancy District with giveaways and tips to use in your own homes.
I knew going into it that the hardest part of the job would be balancing the budget. But as I’ve said before, I’m prepared to make difficult decisions if they’re the right decisions. Over the last several months we have been developing budget reduction strategies with the help of several groups of experts–a Citizens Advisory Committee, Employee Budget Teams, our Finance Division and a Budget Focus Committee. Last week we began implementing some of those strategies, including voluntary and involuntary reductions in force. Knowing how well our employees serve the public, it was difficult to let some go, especially considering the impact it will have on them and their families, but I believe it’s for the best. The Daily Herald said it well: “Painful though it was, the city did what it had to do. It’s just time to bite the bullet.” It’s a privilege to serve the people of Provo, even when it involves making difficult decisions like this.
You can read more true stories of outstanding work by Provo City employees in the Mayor’s Brag Book on the Provo City website.
You might call it “Chicken Soup for the Provo Soul.”
Last week Mayor Washburn of Orem and I spoke to the Utah County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Did you know Mayor Washburn can speak Spanish? Here’s what we said.
As I said in this Daily Herald editorial, I’d prefer not to be known as the mayor who raised rates, but it’s the responsible thing to do. If you have any questions or comments about it, like why, when, how much, come to our public meeting Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Lakeview Elementary, 2899 West 1390 North, Provo, or visit www.provo.org.