How Do We Get Our Students and Young Adults More Involved in Provo?

In response to a desire to better understand and respond to our student and young adult population we have created “The Students of Higher Education and Young Adult Advisory Board.”   Its purposes include:

  • To review, discuss and forward recommendations on issues, concerns, and initiatives of the students of higher educational institutions and other young adults in the Provo community.
  • Issues, concerns, and initiatives, may relate to parking, transportation, transit, off-campus housing, recreational and leisure interests, student service opportunities, reaching out with new media to young adult populations and encouraging civic engagement among young adult age groups.
Membership of the Advisory Board consists of 9 young adults.
  • Members must be between 18 and 30 years of age
  • They must live within the city limits of Provo for their entire term
  • At least 5 members of the board must be students in the higher education system
  • One student member is nominated by the president of the BYU Student Association
  • One student member is nominated by the president of the UVU Student Association
  • The remaining four members may or may not be students
  • Members will serve 2 year terms, except for the student association representatives who will serve one year terms; initial terms will be staggered so not all terms will expire at once
  • Members will be appointed by the Mayor, but are subject to the advise and consent of the Municipal Council
  • A representative of the Mayor and a member of the Municipal Council will serve as non-voting members of the Advisory Board
The Board may also create subcommittees consisting of board members and others.
Residents who wish to serve on this Advisory Board should be committed to serve a full term, be willing to attend a monthly meeting during the school year, and will serve without compensation.

Photo courtesy of BYU Photo.

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Thinking Aloud About Civility

“Take any group of human beings…and give them opportunities to get to know each other as people, and to understand each other, and immediately incivility becomes increasingly difficult.  
When you know someone, and know what they care about, it’s very hard to be nasty.”  
That is how Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham summed up our conversation about civility last week on the KBYU Classical 89 talk show Thinking Aloud.  Host Marcus Smith invited Chief Justice Durham, Reverend Dean Jackson, and I to talk about the importance of respect in public discourse.  We discussed “A Call to Civility and Community: Ground Rules for Respectful Public Discourse and Behavior,” which the Provo Municipal Council and I adopted earlier this year.
The program will run Monday, August 9, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., on Classical 89.  It will also appear on the main Thinking Aloud page for the next few weeks.  You can also listen to it here.
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Lagging Left Traffic Signals in Provo

I’ve noticed that there is no standard sequence (left turn, red, yellow, green) among the traffic lights in Provo.  Just note the 3 lights at 3700 N Univ., 3300 N University and 2230 N University.  With the imminent return of students and their families from all over the nation and our aging population this creates a very unsafe and confusing situation.  Could we please standardize all of the traffic lights in our city?
I have an opinion about which way would be best . . . Regardless of my preference, I think it is important for consistency and standardization.

It’s a complicated issue.  At heart is the State’s ability to tell us what to do on any State owned road ie… University Ave.  The Herald did an interesting “In Our View” on the subject. 

Quoting from the Herald, “Lagging-left signals have been used at key intersections in Provo and Orem for several years, and they are very popular among local drivers. For the past week or so, however, the Utah Department of Transportation changed three of the traffic lights on University Avenue back to leading left as part of a centralized traffic management plan associated with the I-15 rebuild.
UDOT says it will put the lights back to normal as soon as possible.
For now, though, the Provo and Orem traffic light systems will be under the agency’s control so they can be managed from its Traffic Operations Center. UDOT’s system overall is set up for leading left turns, hence we’re stuck with it for awhile.”

I agree with the importance of consistency and in Provo we will strive to work with the State for consistency.  However during the period of time that I15 is under construction, the State may be more concerned about moving cars than consistency.

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Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll

Last night I made it to all 8 locations of the Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll. 
Meeting Ashley Mae Hoiland who went to high school with my daughter
Meeting the owner of Painted Temple and learning about their business
Learning about the talented Callis family
Seeing the youth art at the Covey Center

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Positive Economic News in Provo

Revenues at Provo’s East Bay Golf Course are up almost $75,000 compared to last year.  Just one more example of how so many are working hard to make the most of Provo’s tax dollars.
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Provo Amber Alert Update

The Provo Police Department was contacted regarding a missing, possibly abducted child. The complainants were the Grandparents They have custody of the child. 
Details Below:

The grandparents advised that they had left the child with the child's mother, their daughter.  The grandparents were leaving town for a couple of days.  The mother was to remain at the parents home with the child.
When the grandparents returned home their daughter and the child was gone.  They were unable to contact their daughter.  After waiting several hours for the daughter to return the grandparents became worried about the child's welfare.  
The grandparents advised our officers that their daughter was given direction not to remove the child from the home. The daughter was not allowed to use any of the grandparents vehicles. One of the grandparents vehicles was missing. A burgundy GMC Yukon. The grandparents wished to report the vehicle as stolen. The child had physical ailments that required regular medication. The grandparents believed if the child did not receive this medication the child may die. This medication was still at the home. With this information, the officers believed the child was in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death. The Provo Police Department then issued an Amber Alert for the missing child shortly after midnight.
Throughout the night and early morning officers followed leads as to the whereabouts of the mother, and the missing child.
At approximately 6:00 A.M. an officer made contact with an individual who he had previously contacted concerning the missing child.  That person believed they now knew where the child was.  Officers responded to the area of 700 West and 890 North in Provo.  The mother and the missing child were located.  The child was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center by Provo Fire Department paramedics to be evaluated.  The child is in good health.  The mother was transported to the Provo Police Department to be interviewed.  The mother stated she was unaware of the concern she had caused or that the police were looking for her.
The Amber Alert has been canceled.

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Provo City Signs Community Covenant

This week Provo City honored those who serve our country in the military.  Leaders from government, business and education joined together to sign a community covenant honoring and pledging to help those who serve.  The center of attention was Laura Cabanilla who leaves this week to be deployed in Kuwait for approximately one year.  In addition we honored four Provo City employees who have also deployed in the past 10 years.
Reed Van-Wagoner, Police
Shane Sorensen, Police
Steve Branam, Public Works
David Yei, Fire and Rescue
 Community Covenant
We as a community recognize and support the efforts of those serving our country; we understand and appreciate the sacrifice of our servicemembers and their families; and we acknowledge and enlist our individual and collective ability to make a difference in their daily lives.

Therefore, we as a community commit to learning about the unique needs of service members and their families in our area; we agree to work together to build a network of support for them; and we encourage each other to consider ways to help mitigate the impacts of deployments.

We love and support our service members and their families!
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Provo Police in the News

Provo City recently terminated a police officer after an internal investigation into allegations regarding his conduct while responding to a traffic accident on July 22.  The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the same allegations.  We don’t know exactly what happened on July 22; that is for the sheriff’s office to investigate.  But as I said, our own investigation has resulted in his termination.

The officer had been with the Provo City Police Department for nearly four years.  We are not aware of any similar allegations relating to him in the past.  This incident is not representative of our police force, and upon hearing the allegations, we looked into it and took action immediately.  We are proud of our police officers and hold them to a very high standard.  They are very much responsible for our exceptionally low crime rates and our nationally recognized quality of life here in Provo. 


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What is the Status of the The Joaquin School Project?

The Joaquin project has been delayed for a while like many other projects. 
My understanding is that the original developer, Arrowstar, has been through bankruptcy and several groups have been trying to get a financial package together to take over and continue the project.  Over the last couple of years, we have talked to several different groups about the project.  There are only some minor issues left for a plat to be recorded and the project built.  It has always been the financing that has been holding the project up not technical issues.

On June 30, a developer came in and applied for a building permit. They paid an $81,000 dollar plan check fee. When the plat is recorded and the building permit issued, they will pay a $126,000 building permit fee. This is exclusive of the impact fees which will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This project should be under construction within a month or two. 
Unless, of course, the financing falls through.
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The Hump Day Market

 Provo Town Square presents…
The Hump Day Market

Live music!
Outdoor Films! 
Homemade arts & Crafts!
Free raffle!
Activities for kids!
And the soon-to-be-famous 
$6.99 Brown Bag Dinner specials from:
Los Hermanos
Spicy Corea
Hickory Kist
Angels of Philly
Smokehouse Pizza & BBQ

Free for all, fun for all!!!

6 – 10 pm EVERY Wednesday, rain or shine!

Now seeking vendors, so give us a call if you’ve got something to sell!

Provo Town Square
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