Emergency Notification Testing + Giveaway!

FYI – On Tuesday, November 7th (Election Day) Provo City will be testing its Emergency Notification System!

It is important to note that we will no longer be testing the emergency sirens on this day since they have been taken down. Our city has outgrown the sirens – bigger trees, car sound systems and overall city noise drown out the sirens. You can read more about the siren removal here.

The best most reliable way to receive emergency notifications is to opt-in to our new method to be informed – Provo’s Emergency Notification System aka Everbridge. Everbridge, a countywide emergency alert system and Provo’s choice for residents to get information. Residents can register on their cell phone, computer, tablet and other connected devices.

This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, law enforcement activity, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods, etc. 

When we issue a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that you have registered, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Go to alerts.utahcounty.gov to subscribe now!

Notification Giveaway

Those who subscribe before November 7th will be able to participate in the test notification AND will be entered to win a prize giveaway! A lucky winner will receive a $20 gift card to Provo Towne Centre, a coveted Provo Bike Shirt, Provo Beanie and other awesome items in their swag bag.

The city conducts this annual test so the public can experience the operation of the system before a real emergency. In the event of a real emergency, you are advised to turn to local emergency broadcast stations, KSL-AM 1160 OR KBYU-FM 89.1 for further information.

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Redevelopment Survey + Giveaway!

Did you know Provo City receives federal dollars to help fund these projects?

Maeser Park Wall Mural
Provo Town Square updated facade
Pioneer Park Splash Pad

Provo City participates in the Federal Community Development Block Grant program. The CDBG-funded activities often include, but are not limited to: acquisition of real property, relocation and demolition, rehabilitation of residential and nonresidential structures, construction of public facilities and improvements (such as water and sewer facilities, storm drain improvements, street and sidewalk repair/replacement), economic development projects, parking structures, removal of architectural barriers, park improvements and equipment, childcare, healthcare, education, job training, public safety, fair-housing counseling, recreation activities, drug-abuse counseling and treatment and the overall administration of the grant. You can learn more about the program here »

As part of our anticipation of annual funding, we are asking citizens to help prioritize the needs in our city. We need your input!

We ask that you help us by filling out this short survey: https://goo.gl/xUWRNc

Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing for free movie tickets! Winner will be contacted via email address given on the survey. Thank you for your feedback!

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Golf Course Annoucement

A month ago we asked you to stay tuned for more information about the East Bay Golf course. Well here it is – the least kept secret in town – Provo City has received an offer from a local group to build a medical school and health education facility at the golf course. The proposed schools would be located on the northwest corner of the course, essentially where holes 10, 11, & 12 currently sit. The offer is still subject to Municipal Council approval inasmuch as a portion of the current golf course will need to be placed on the surplus property list.

One of the positive outcomes from this proposal will be the construction of three new holes to replace holes 10, 11 & 12, to be built on the former Kuhni property. The new configuration will include an exclusive island hole. The Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of soliciting a professional golf course designer to prepare a plan for these three new holes and any other modifications to keep a championship 18 hole course along with the 7 hole executive course.

As with any big project, there are many details and a lot of moving parts that are still under negotiations and are not final. As such, in November a public process will commence wherein the Municipal Council will take public comment. This will be an opportunity for our elected official to hear from all interested parties relative to the golf course and the medical school. It will be an attempt to balance the needs and desires of the golfing community and the opportunity of improving our local economy and quality of life for all our residents.

Some may be asking, “Why would the city consider such a proposal?” It is a balancing act. A city is a dynamic entity, always changing, always under constant pressure to meet the needs of an ever-growing and diverse population. It is also no secret that Provo, like many communities, is landlocked and we are not growing any more ground. That puts immense pressure on existing land. Whatever happens at the golf course or other public lands, needs to be in the best interest of the entire community. Certainly, the golf course benefits a segment of our population, but so does a medical school and the opportunity it brings.

This can be a win-win for Provo – an enhanced golf course and a medical school. Our golfing community will be able to enjoy an improved layout and design. The medical school and the health education facility bring jobs, capital investment, increased property and sales tax and educational opportunities.

As stated there are still a lot of details that have yet to be decided. Your comments and thoughts will be important in this process. As meeting dates and times are set we will be sure to keep you posted.

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Best Halloween Activities in Provo!

The autumn colors, cooler weather, and fall festivities make Provo a spooktacular city! There are so many fun activities and events going on this time of year, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of Halloween events that your friends, neighbors, roommates, or the whole family can enjoy. I came up with nine awesome activities that are unique to Provo. Leave a comment and let me know what event you’re most excited for! And if you notice an event not listed, let me know and I will add it to the list.

Halloween Lift Ride

Sundance Mountain Resort
Oct 19-31 (Closed Sun 22 and 29) | Weekdays 7 pm – 10 pm, Weekends 7 pm – 11 pm
$20 adult | $34 couples | $62 family four pack | $17 student

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This is the perfect Halloween activity! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sundance while you soar over Halloween themed scenes and are greeted by costume-clad lift operators and actors. Gaze up and take in Sundance under the night sky.

For more information visit, sundanceresort.com/mountain-activities/halloween-lift-rides

Truck or Treat

The Startup Building (560 S 100 W, Provo)
Thursday, October 26 | 6-7 pm

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The Food Truck Roundup will be giving out candy on Thursday, October 26th. This foodtacular event falls on the Thursday before Halloween and all little trick-or-treaters and their families are invited to come out and go trick-or-treating from truck to truck! Each Truck will have someone in costume passing out candy. Food will also be for sale. *Photo by The Daily Universe.

For more information visit the Food Truck Roundup Facebook Page.

Halloween Carnival

Provo Recreation Center
Saturday, October 28 | 5-10 pm
$4 youth & seniors | $5 adults

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Little ghosts and ghouls come out to play! The Recreation Center is hosting its annual Halloween Carnival. For one night the Recreation Center is transformed into the best Halloween party of the year. Children games and booths appear in the gyms, the classrooms are turned into walk-through experiences for kids to enjoy, the playground becomes a zombie laser tag graveyard and a hunted house is hidden in the basement. The list of activities also includes laser tag, a craft area, escape boxes, a haunted garden and enough candy for everyone to go home happy! *Photo by the Daily Herald.

For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

Mall-O-Ween

Provo Towne Centre
Tuesday, October 31 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Annual trick or treating inside the Provo Towne Centre mall! Stores will be giving away the candy to children dressed in their Halloween costume! Look for the retailers that have the orange pumpkin in the window. Don’t forget to pick up a treat bag in the mall offices. *Photo by the Daily Herald.

For more information visit the Facebook Event Page.

Downtown Provo Trick-or-Treating

Center Street & University Avenue
Tuesday, October 31, 3-6 pm

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Bring your families and start your Halloween celebration in Downtown Provo. Join us on Center Street and University Avenue for all sorts of games, activities, sweet treats, free pumpkins, music, and best of all TRICK-OR-TREATING! Make sure to stop by and make us part of your Halloween tradition.

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Route map: http://bit.ly/H70AH0

Pedal Provo – Tour de Halloween

Maeser Park (451 E 600 S)
Saturday, October 28 | 7 pm & 9 pm
$10/person, $16/couple

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Hands-down the best way to see the spooky side of Provo is a bicycle ghost tour through the city. Join us to take a leisurely bike ride on the Saturday before Halloween, Oct 28th, for a very special tour that will feature some of the best stories from both of our routes and a few never before heard stories that we’ve been saving just for this special night! Come in your creepiest, scariest, coolest or most unique costume to compete in our costume contest! Entering is super easy, visit our page for more details.

We’ve teamed up with some awesome local businesses to offer some amazing prizes! You could win a bike, an ultimate date package to Virtual Experience Arcade and more! We may bike around Provo at night talking about ghosts…but we’re not crazy! Any Halloween event wouldn’t be complete with exorbitant amounts of sugar. So we’ve got you and your sweet tooth covered.

For more information and to book your tickets visit pedalprovo.com/halloween

Coriolanus

The Castle Amphitheater (1300 E Center Street)
October 27, 28, 30 & 31 | 7:30 pm
$10 Yard Tickets (Standing) | $15 Gallery Tickets (Seated)

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Grassroots is back again for the annual Halloween event! Coriolanus tells the story of a ruthless wartime hero, Caius Martius, navigating the powerful political machine of the early Roman Senate: calculating politicians with vaulting ambitions, egotistical patricians who care little for the needs of the people, and an outraged, hungry and violent populace all set under an atmosphere of constant fear and threats of war… there will be blood.

For more information visit: www.grassrootsshakespeare.com

Halloween Cruise

CLAS Ropes Course (3606 West Center Street)
October 2-31, 6:30-9PM Monday-Thursday | 6:30-10PM Friday & Saturday

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Family Friendly, Fun, Halloween Cruise. Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening on the Lower Provo River. You will see 100 Jack-o-lanterns lit up, hear a story, feel the cool evening air, get a treat from a Pirate who happens to attack the ship! October 1 – 31. First cruise leaves at 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and then every half hour until 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday. *Photo by the Daily Herald.

Check out their website for more details, www.clasropes.com.

Provo Corn Maze

McCoard’s Farm (384 South 3110 West)
2 and under FREE | Or $7 children 9-3 years | $10 adults

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Provo’s corn maze is open for the season and it’s bigger and better than ever before! The team at McCoard’s Farm has created a fall festival experience you won’t want to miss. They’ve expanded their pumpkin patch (we’re talking four-acres of gourds), added new attractions (like their Halloween Zipline and Hayride), and have revealed an exciting new Bigfoot shaped corn maze. *Photo by the Daily Herald.

For more information visit: provocornmaze.com

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Fall in Love with Provo Canyon

Brock Cutler did it again! Press play to check out his newest video featuring Bridal Veil Falls. Get ready for an up-close look along the Provo River Trail in Provo Canyon.

Fall in Utah produces some absolutely stunning scenery. If you haven’t already, go for a drive and soak in the beautiful scenery. It’s solace for the soul and breathtaking for the mind. Everywhere there’s a new hue.

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Bicycle Friendly Business

I’m pleased to announce that the League of American Bicyclists has awarded Provo City Government as a Bicycle Friendly Business at the Bronze level. This is an exciting recognition especially since this award is only presented to businesses with strong commitments to bicycling.

You’ll find plenty of places to park your bike at our city facilities and we encourage biking as an easy way to get to our buildings. Provo’s annual Bike to Work Day event is a great example of this. During Bike Month, Provo City hosts a breakfast station every year to incentivize employees and residents to bike to work.

When our employees bike, great things happen: a decreased carbon footprint, reduced healthcare costs, connected to the community, and a fun and healthy work culture.

Moving forward, Provo City will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. 

Provo’s bicycle community is vibrant and growing and being recognized for the investments we’ve made is truly satisfying. With approximately 35 miles of bike trails and pathways, 55 miles of bike lanes, and 11 miles of widened and paved street shoulders for riding, residents are enjoying the benefits of cycling including recreation, exercise and transportation and can look forward to more trails and overall better biking conditions in the future.

If your business would like to help make the Provo community safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling please visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/business to apply or learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Business program.

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Provo #7 Happiest City!

Provo has been ranked the #7 happiest city in the United States! National Geographic, bestselling author Dan Buettner, and Gallup’s social scientists teamed up to develop an index that assesses measurable expressions of happiness and identifies where Americans are living their best lives. The study established 15 metrics—from eating healthy and learning something new every day to civic engagement, financial security, vacation time, and even dental checkups—that signal happiness.

In happier places, locals smile and laugh more often, socialize several hours a day, have access to green spaces, and feel that they are making purposeful progress toward achieving life goals.

The greater message, for locals and travelers alike, is that happiness doesn’t just happen. “There’s a genesis to it. Enlightened leaders make conscious decisions to favor quality of life over economic development or political expediency,” Buettner notes.

Check out the full ranking here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/happiest-cities-united-states-2017/

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Provo Bike Prom

Does a fun, leisurely ride on bikes through town followed by a great dance sound like fun to you? If it does, don’t forget to sign up for Provo’s Bike Prom! Dress up in your finest prom attire or sport your bike shorts, but be prepared to hit the town and then dance all night on Friday, October 27th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

The ride will begin at 6:00 pm starting at the Provo Bicycle Collective (397 E 200 N). Bring your bike and meet at the shop dressed in your prom best for a casual ride around town (about 45 minutes, 5-10 miles an hour), ending up at The Startup Building where we’ll have the most AMAZING dance party. We’re inviting local food trucks and will be cracking open a ton of LaCroix, everyone’s favorite!

Riders will meet together to cruise through town en masse, riding through iconic parts of Provo. Check out the route below:

The Provo Bike Prom serves as Provo Bicycle Collective’s annual fundraising gala but with bikes, dancing, and all of your best friends. Your ticket includes the ride, dance, and complimentary bike valet services! Add a donation during checkout to help pay for new parts on the bikes we give away to people in need!

You can sign-up for Provo Bike Prom at eventbrite.com/e/provo-bike-prom-2017-tickets-38609550204 for just $5 a person!

Hope to see you there!

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Programs to Improve Your Home & Business

Photo by: Daily Herald

The Provo City Redevelopment Agency (“RDA”) is a separate agency from Provo City, with the municipal council acting as the governing board, and the mayor as the chief executive officer. It is charged with revitalizing Provo’s central business district, administering Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) programs and other initiatives to help you make improvements to your home or business.

Here are some of those programs:

For your Home

Egress Window Program: Provo City code requires that all bedrooms have windows large enough for emergency escape and rescue. This means that below grade (ground) windows should have an openable area of at least 5.7 square feet. Basements and all sleeping rooms must have at least one opening, either a window or exterior door, for escape or rescue, also referred to as egress, in case of fire or other emergency.

Do you have non-conforming bedrooms in your home because the windows are too small? The Redevelopment Agency provides egress window loans/grants for low to moderate-income owner-occupants of single-family residential properties within the City. Find out more here.

Home Purchase Plus Program: This down payment assistance program began in 2000 to help individuals, couples and families buy their first house. In 2015, they helped more than 20 families purchase their first home. Available for low-income families/individuals you can learn more about the qualifications here.

For your Business

(New!) Downtown Redevelopment Improvement Program “DRIP”: Remember Provo Towne Square’s facade renovations last year? Well, this program has been expanded to include even more of our downtown!

Business owners in these areas can take advantage of up to $50,000 in grant money for eligible improvements. The new guidelines emphasize job creation in addition to revitalizing Provo. Contact the RDA for more info at 801-852-6160, or go to provo.org/departments/redevelopment/services.

For more information about Provo City’s Redevelopment Agency’s programs please call 801-852-6160.

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Ballots Mailed Out Today!

Today’s the day! All registered voters will have their ballots mailed out today, October 17th. In the next couple of days you should see your ballots in the mail – so keep your eyes out. Voters then can make their choices and mail them back. No standing in line. No waiting. No pressure. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Monday, November 6, 2017. A drop box will also be available at the Provo City Center lobby for anyone wishing to hand deliver their completed mail-in ballot in the signed and sealed envelope.

Those who are uncertain about whether their registration status is current can check online at vote.utah.gov. If you have moved, you need to ensure your address is up to date. If you are not registered, you can get a registration form from the Utah County Clerk’s Office at 100 E Center Street or register online at vote.utah.gov by October 31st. Call 801-852-6524 with questions.

On Election Day, a voter service center will be set up at the Provo Recreation Center (320 W. 500 North) from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. Those who do not receive a ballot in the mail or who lose it can visit the service center and cast a provisional ballot. (Bring a current ID or two items bearing their current address.) A drop box will also be available at the voter service center for anyone wishing to hand deliver their completed mail-in ballot in the signed and sealed envelope.

Meet the Candidates

Sherrie Hall Everett and Michelle Kaufusi emerged from the primary election as the candidates vying for the city’s top office in the Municipal General Election, making it possible for Provo to have its first-ever female mayor.

For City Council positions, voters can pick between George Handley and David Clark for District 2; between David Harding and Tinesha Zandamela for District 5 and Dave Sewell and Wesley Marriott for the citywide seat.

The 2017 Municipal Election is also an opportunity to take part in shaping a democratic future, a chance to speak up. I urge every Provo resident to vote. It’s important that every one of us do so. So lets all vote!

Visit voteprovo.com for candidate information, council district maps, vote-by-mail details, and election announcements.

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