Provo – In a League of Our Own

Mayor Curtis,
I thought I would pass along a feel-good activity our neighborhood participated in for a young, vibrant 27 year old wife and mother.  She participated in internationally ranked dancing competitions, soccer and softball.  Noticing a change in her physical condition, she was misdiagnosed for a year.  Finally found a neurologist who correctly named her condition as Multiple Sclerosis.  After 2 1/2 years of various treatments she was able to walk slowly and with much difficulty.  Our Lakewood neighborhood participated in a fundraiser involving a yard sale, family fair, and individual donations.  She was able to purchase walking aids that have helped enourmously in her mobility.   Just a small example of caring neighbors willing to go the extra mile for one of their own..  I  continue to feel Provo is in a League of its own when it comes to ordinary people doing extraordinary things with no desire for recognition or recompense.  
Terry Herbert
Lakewood Neighborhood Chair

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Fill The Boot.

Provo Fire Fighters are working hard this week to raise over $40,000. 
They donate all the money to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Give them a buck or two or even your loose change and make their day.
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YAHOO

We received the June sales tax report and we were up 9% from the previous year.  
This is the first year over year increase since May 2008.  
The state as a whole was up 11%.  
Hopefully the trend will continue and we will see increases over the prior year.
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More on the Pipeline

Spanish Fork Reservoir Canal Pipeline–PROVO Reach 1

Community Open House/Meet the Contractor
W.W. Clyde & Co.–Project Office
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
1372 South State Sreet
7:00 p.m.
This meeting is specifically intended for residents in southeast Provo
along the pipeline route, but it is open to the public and anyone may attend.
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Is the Street Wide Enough?

Last Sunday the Curtis family enjoyed a walk.  Nothing beats a Sunday walk to remind me why Sue and I choose Provo among all places in the United States to raise our family.
PS I know it looks like a large family but three of our children are actually missing from the picture.  Thanks to a good friend and neighbor for taking the picture
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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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GO TO SPELL!

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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