Residents Back in Homes

The big excitement today was a 16 inch natural gas line that was hit by the contractor for the Central Utah Pipeline for the Springville phase (not Provo Reach 1).  
The good news- no one was hurt.
Close to 1000 residents were evacuated out of their homes near 1860 South and State Street.  Thanks to Spring Creek Elementary we had a comfortable place for them to go and thanks to the Red Cross they were well taken care of once they arrived.  
Residents were allowed to go back to their homes several hours later.
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Exodus

Provo City is in the process of evacuating about 1,000 residents from their homes in southeast Provo.
We’re still waiting for the details, but apparently some construction in the area impacted
a major gas pipeline.  Residents are being evacuated to Spring Creek Elementary,
1740 S. Nevada Ave.  It could take 2-4 hours for the gas line to be shut off.
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In an Emergency, Keep Cool

Meet Chris Blinzinger, our new Emergency Management Coordinator.  Chris will make sure that we have the right processes in place to handle large-scale emergencies such as earthquakes and floods.
For the last two years, he has worked for Intermountain Healthcare in the Level II Trauma Center in Provo, where he was given the nick-name “Cool Chris.”

He is married to the girl he went to Homecoming with over 20 years ago, and he and his wife have eight children together, ages 21, 19, 17, 12, 11, 10, 9, and 8.
If you have any emergency management related questions, call him at (801) 852-6455.
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Veterans Memorial Pool Breaks Revenue Record

The Veterans Memorial Pool had 85,000 visitors and generated $240,000 in revenue this past season, more than in any other year before.  June was also the highest revenue generating month in the history of the pool.
And even more importantly, there were no major accidents or injuries, thanks to our highly trained and professional aquatic staff.
An eight-year-old visitor from Idaho even went to our aquatics facilities supervisor’s office to tell her his trip to the pool was “the best day of his life.”
What’s really interesting is that a few years ago, before the addition of the splash pool, the Veterans Memorial Pool was losing money.  The year before the splash pool was added, it only brought in $59,000, and required a transfer of $120,000 from the city’s general fund.  Now it’s making money, operating with an $80,000 surplus.

Read a Daily Herald article about it here.

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E-Bills and E-Payments for Utility Bills Saves the City $250,000 Per Year

On October 1st we will launch a new bill view and payment web site. From this site we will offer the option to enroll in receiving E-bills as well as make recurring or one time payments by E-checks or credit cards. When you sign up for E-billing you will also receive any inserts online as you would normally receive in a mailed statement. Our web site is currently under construction in order to accommodate these new services. 
Thanks to great ideas and research from Provo City employees, this new feature not only provides more options for our users it also saves almost $250,000 per year for the City. 
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A Busy Saturday Morning

 Today was a full day.  

It started with a Boy Scout Jamboree at the airport.  
Next up was reading a proclamation at the Arbor Day celebration.  
Congratulations to Luke who planted 26 trees for his eagle project.
I was then off to Provo College Graduation where I was the keynote speaker, 
followed by the 
grand opening for EarthFruit Yogurt (it’s awesome).
Finally I made it into the office to clean up the paper work from last week and prepare for the upcoming week.  
I love my job!  
Everyday I enjoy a new adventure.  
PS  Along the way I met at least a dozen  Provo City employees working on their day off.

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Rice King Noodle

Last week I was on my way to lunch with Corey and Helen when I noticed a new place to eat downtown.  We decided to try it.  It turns out it was their grand opening.
Welcome to Provo, Rice King Noodle (225 West Center Street)!
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Zack’s Shack

Zack, one of Provo City’s youngest philanthropists, attends Wasatch Elementary School.
He raised $86 himself to buy a wheelchair for someone in another country.
 Way to go, Zack!

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Wilson Audio

Last week I toured Wilson Audio.  First, may I say thank you to my host Sheryl Lee and her husband Dave.

How many of us know that right here in Provo the world’s best speakers are designed and manufactured?  When I say world’s best I’m not kidding.

“Dave Wilson has always been motivated by his insatiable curiosity, his love of good science, and his empirical open-mindedness. His simple desire is to build loudspeakers he himself would want to own. Dave has the self-confidence to believe his products will succeed in the marketplace, and the humility to recognize his is not the only valid approach.”

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that Sheryl Lee is 
Ms. Utah Senior America and will be representing the state in the national competition in a few weeks.
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