What was the Bitterest Fight in Provo’s History?

Not the zoning issues in last year’s State Legislative session, not the questions about a councilman’s conflict of interest, not the “Stop a Councilwomen” campaign.  But according to Kenneth L. Cannon II it was the controversies over Provo’s Union Depot.
Finished in 1911, Provo’s Union Depot was the subject of controversy from almost 20 years from 1891 until its location (3rd West and 6th South) was finally agreed upon in 1910.  The fight was between the East and West sides of Provo.  Both felt losing the station would mean dominance by the other side.  Looking back, it made little difference.  By the time the Depot was built, trains had began to lose their importance.
Kenneth L. Cannon  II, Provo Founder’s Day Lecture on April 1, 2009
Photo: Microsoft Clipart
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Project Read, a non-profit located at the Provo City Library that helps adults learn to read, 
is hosting its fourth annual adult spelling bee fundraisor.  Or is it fundraser?  Fundrazor?
If you can spell fundraiser, you should compete.
These people did last year.
You can find more information at the Project Read website.
P.S.  They’re also looking for corporate sponsors.
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Moon Lighting

At 5:05 AM on Wednesday August 25th, 2010, a semi truck was driving north on South State Street approaching 300 South at 700 East to make a left hand turn. In the process of making the left turn, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a pole used to support a power pole.

The semi truck struck with such force that the guide line pulled down several power poles causing an immediate loss of electrical power to approximately 4,000 homes in South East Provo. The semi truck, carrying frozen dinners, rolled off of the roadway and onto it's side.

Provo Fire and Rescue along with Provo Police responded to find the driver had received a slight injury to his lower leg. The driver was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Provo Power respond to re-establish electrical power. At this time, a majority of the power has been restored to the area and Provo Power is still working to re-install power poles and lines at the intersection of 300 South and 700 East. The clean up process is expected to take several days to complete.

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Power Outage

This was the scene in front of Allen’s grocery store early this morning.  Around 5 a.m. today, a semi-truck tipped over while turning near 700 E. and 300 S., pulling down or otherwise impacting 5-6 power poles.  The accident disrupted power for 3,331 customers in southeast Provo.  Around 10 a.m., power was restored for all but 77 customers closest to the accident site.   Provo City Power crews will work through the night, and power may be restored for the remaining 77 as early as tomorrow afternoon. 

Anyone who needs air conditioned shelter or meals may call the Red Cross at (801) 373-8580. 
Garbage collection may be disrupted in that area.  If garbage is not picked up today, it will be tomorrow.

Here are some more photos:

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Is the Mayor Really Trying to Have Secret Meetings?

You might have heard about my request to meet with small groups of Municipal Council members in private.
The law states that when four or more council members are together at one time, it must be a public meeting.  That means if I want to share information with council members privately, I must do it in groups of three or fewer.
I believe the spirit of the law is to prevent council members from meeting and making policy decisions in private, but not to prevent me or anyone else from sharing information as needed.  
Remember we have different roles.  As the chief executive officer running the day to day affairs of the city,  I have found there is often information that I would like to share with the council before it is made public.  For example, as we were preparing the budget we knew lay offs were coming.  I didn’t know who or how many but wanted to give the council a heads up that they were imminent.
Had we shared the information in a public meeting early on we would have caused great stress among employees who were in no jeopardy of losing their jobs.  In due course we took the idea to the council in a public meeting and they voted on the lay offs in a public meeting but we were able to have the early brainstorming sessions in private.
What do think?  Leave me a comment or take the survey to the left.
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What’s Coming Down the Pipe?

The Central Utah Water Conservancy District will install a major water pipeline through Provo starting late September or early October.  You can read more about it in this month’s city newsletter.  The route of the first phase, up to 400 North, is set, but CUWCD is accepting public comment through August 30 on the route of the next phase.  You can comment at CUWCD’s website.  There will also be a project open house on August 31.  More information about that is coming soon. 
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Caid Turley

I’ve seen Caid Turley (Son of Steve and Kylie Turley) a number of times but I remember him best for his ability to speak Mandarin Chinese.  When our Chinese delegation came to Provo, Caid impressed them and us with his Chinese skills.
Several days ago Caid took a tumble and landed on his head which caused multiple skull fractures.  One big fracture from back to front and others fractures at and spreading from the left eye socket. He was taken via Life Flight to Primary Children’s Hospital.
With the help of many, Caid is making good progress but no doubt our prayers are helpful and appreciated.
Please join me in praying for Caid and his family. 
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Happy 100th Birthday

Today it was my honor to celebrate Iras Bilderback’s 100th birthday with her and her family.  
Inspired by the occasion, I started a new tradition.  
It’s called the “100th birthday motorbike ride with the mayor.” 
Anyone that turns 100 in Provo I’ll attend their party and take them for a motorbike ride.
(The motorbike ride is optional)
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What Are You Doing Right Now?

There’s so much going on in our city every day.  Here’s what five random employees were working on around the same time today:
Adriene Davis, Justice Court, deputy court clerk:  entering into the computer the judge’s responses to various requests and noting other changes to cases, for example, a defendant previously sentenced and fined for retail theft recently passed away, so his case is dismissed. 
Carla Morris, Library, children’s division manager: ordering new fall releases, cleaning and reorganizing the staff room, and making the final decisions on hiring two new storytellers (Storytime begins Tuesday, August 31!).
Phil Uhl, Community Development, GIS analyst:  using GIS software and coordinates in an Excel spreadsheet to create a map of the storm drain manholes around the city.
Chris Cooper, Human Resources, management analyst:  working on Provo City’s Affirmative Action Plan for 2010-2011, testing some upgrade features for the online application system, and working on quarterly stats.
Angie Hodes, Covey Center, box office:  wishing she had one of the VERY yummy smelling brownies that are cooking backstage for the dinner theater.
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