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July 2014 Newsletter
Staying Connected with the Citizens of Orem
Mayor's Message
On Pioneer Day, July 24, my wife, Tammy, my daughter, Rebekah, and I participated in the Pioneer Day Raft and Run down Provo Canyon, sponsored by Paragon Wealth Management, and the Live Your Dream Foundation.

We rafted down the Provo River starting just below the Deer Creek Dam and then at Vivian Park got back out on dry ground and walked and ran a 5K down the river trail to Canyon Glen.  There were about 220 participants including
our State Attorney General, Sean Reyes.

It was a great experience on a beautiful warm Pioneer Day.  It is a worthy cause to help raise money to provide scholarships for single mothers of $2,000 each to help them attend college and further their education. I believe that enough was raised to provide for 10 scholarships this year.

As we floated down the river and looked up at the rugged mountains and beautiful pine trees, it made me think of a former Pioneer, Mary Fielding Smith, the wife of slain Hyrum Smith.  She with her son and daughter walked to Utah in 1848. 

The captain of her company, Peter Lott, complained that she was ill equipped and would be a burden to the company and that she should stay behind in Winter Quarters. To this comment Mary remarked that she would beat Captain Lott to the Salt Lake Valley and would do so without his help.  She in fact did just that and arrived one day before him.

As I think of the strength of such Pioneer Women, I also think of the strength of widowed and single mothers of today. I know of two women whose husbands left them while they still had large families of children at home to raise. 


One of these mothers had 14 children and had only a high school degree, when her husband walked out on her.  Also he provided no child support or alimony to her.  So she took it upon herself to get a job, have her children get jobs who were of age,
and together they made their way.  

She also began her college education. She graduated with a teaching degree, took a job at an elementary school and raised her family.  Her children later got their degrees as well.  Two of her sons were so appreciative of her that later they bought and paid for a new home for her.

I wish to honor these past and present day Pioneer women who withstand the hardships and difficulties and are able to be
the Pioneers for their families and care for and raise their children alone.  It is a very tough circumstance for them and I admire and appreciate them.  

They are truly the unsung heroes that give their all to bless their families and lead them in the way of strength and courage.

I thank the Live Your Dream Foundation and for their encouragement and assistance to those women who desire to put forth the effort and attain an education to help support their families.  I appreciate and honor our Pioneer women of the past and present who have done and  do what it takes to provide for their families under difficult circumstances.  

May we all help each other as we make our way through sometimes trying times in our families' lives and honor those who go ahead making the way better for us all.
Mayor Richard Brunst

Orem Fitness Center Leisure Pool Grand Opening & Ribbon CuttingWaste

After months of planning and construction, the new leisure pool at the Orem Fitness Center opened on July 12th. There was a special ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m. involving the Mayor, members of the City Council, Miss Orem, and local celebrities such as Willy the Wolverine and Cosmo the Cougar.


The new pool includes a large twisty waterside, a lazy river, a water playground, a zero-entry pool, and much more. This new pool was paid for entirely with CARE tax funds. To learn more about Orem's CARE tax program, click here.  


To celebrate this event, all guests were admitted to the Fitness Center for free between 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The first 1000 guests received a free meal and meals thereafter will be sold for $1. There was also hourly activities, giveaways, contests, and prize drawings.  


For more information about the new leisure pool visit



Orem Hires New Police ChiefWaste

The City of Orem welcomes Gary Giles as the new Chief of Police. Giles has most recently been serving as the Chief of Police in Portland, Texas. Giles is no stranger to Orem. He served for nearly two decades as an Orem police officer before leaving the city in 2012.   


City Manager Jamie Davidson said, " I look forward to working with Chief Giles and know that he will be a tremendous asset and resource to the Police Department and the entire community moving forward. The Orem Police Department includes a great group of professionals and Gary's work contributions and experience will only add to the success of the department in the future."


Many community stakeholders, leaders, and partners were involved in the recruitment and interview process. Representatives from Utah Valley University, United Way of Utah County, Alpine School District, Brigham Young University, Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah Risk Management Mutual Association, Pleasant Grove City, and Sandy City.


Welcome to Orem Chief Giles!   



The Orem Economic Charrette

The Orem Economic Charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, consultants, and others collaborate on a vision for community development. Experienced facilitators lead workshops where all participants are encouraged to express their opinions and ideas in a constructive and open way.


These special meetings will be held from August 19 to 21 at the Orem City Center in the City Council Chambers, Room 100. The schedule for this event is as follows: 
Tuesday, August 19, 6 p.m. - Opening Presentation & Workshop

Wednesday, August 20, 10:30 a.m. - Noon - Informal Visit with the Team 

Thursday, August 21, 6 p.m. - Final Presentation & Workshop


If you want to be involved in helping guide the changes taking place in Orem, you should come to these meetings. You do not need any previous experience or expertise. Just being an Orem resident who wants to contribute in a meaningful way qualifies you to be a part of this process. 


If you have questions about these meetings please call Ryan at 801-229-7172 or email him at


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July Events
July 3-5: 
Colonial Heritage Festival, Scera Park, 9am - 8pm
July 4: Independence Day - City Offices closed
July 8: City Council Meeting, City Center, 6 p.m.
July 12: Orem Fitness Center Leisure Pool Grand Opening 12:30 p.m.  


July 22: City Council Meeting, City Center, 6 p.m.


July 24: Pioneer Day - City Offices closed  

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