Table of Contents

Mayor & Council Message

Orem's Fitness Founders

Orem Wins High Achievement Award

HEAT Program

Resident Resources

Building Safety Division Here to Help

New Pins from Library

Fitness Pass Sale

2021 Lifeguard Training

Everyday Strong

Orem Chat

Neighborhood Corner

Thanks for Taking the Census!

Orem Business Alliance

Recycle Coach

The City of Orem is Hiring

Mayor's Message
                                       Big Things I take for Granted

My son and his family surprised us and came to visit us for the holidays from Arizona. He has a two-year-old son and a 6-month-old daughter. My grandson's favorite thing that he pays attention to the most, is his local garbage man and truck. So on the day before Christmas, my grandson and I watched videos on YouTube of garbage trucks of all shapes, sizes, and colors collecting the trash down various streets in the nation. As I was laying down on the couch he laid on my side and we watched all of these garbage trucks for a half hour. When the garbage truck comes to his street, he runs out to watch how the garbage can is picked up and the trash is deposited into the truck. He then waves to the garbage worker and then goes over and talks to him if there is time. It is the highlight of his week.

As I watched all of the garbage trucks picking up garbage, it made me think of how important and essential is for our health and our clean streets and our picked-up houses that the garbage is collected each week. The garbage man at my son's home told him that because COVID-19 is affecting so many of his company's employees, that he was working 60 hours a week to cover for other employee's shifts.

What if we did not have anyone picking up the garbage? What if we had trash that was piling up on the streets? What if we had rats and mice running through the garbage in our neighborhoods? What if we had to collect all of the garbage ourselves and make visits often to the local dump using our own cars? I carried this thought forward to our public works department plowing the snow off of our streets each time it snows and doing it often during the storms and in the middle of the night. I thought about all of the salt put down on our streets to make sure our cars have traction to drive on to work, to school, to the grocery stores, etc.

I also thought about the other public works people that keep our water running, our sewers working, our stormwater drains functioning, our roads paved, and our potholes fixed. I thought about the fact that as a resident I take all of this for granted and don't fully think about how important these services are for the enjoyment of our homes and neighborhoods.

So when you see one of our public works employees helping to keep our city clean and running properly, please be thankful, and if possible, go out and tell them thanks for all they do for our city, like my grandson Jake does.

Mayor Brunst
Message from Councilmember Tom Macdonald

I imagine that many of us are excited to turn the page on 2020. This has been a year of significant health and economic challenges for so many. We praise our health care workers, first responders, and all of you who have sojourned on, despite life not being normal. I have found peace during these times as I hope and pray and work for a brighter tomorrow. We can learn much from others who have come through challenges victoriously. One of them is Nelson Mandela who said, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

We have many reasons to hope for a much brighter year in 2021. May you choose to see the good in, and be good to all of those around you. 

Tom Macdonald
Orem Awarded High Achievement Award for Orem Neighborhood Plans
Recently, Orem has completed all nine neighborhood plans! The participation of residents and business owners through these advisory committees was instrumental in shaping each neighborhood plan to be unique and representative of that neighborhood. These neighborhood plans, visions, goals, and objectives will now be referenced in future planning and decision-making by staff and elected officials. 
HEAT Program
Do you need help with your utility bills? The HEAT Program helps low-income individuals and families by providing one-time utility assistance each year. Help is available if you have lost your job or have reduced income due to COVID-19. Visit or call 801-229-3855 for information on how to apply.  
Resident Resources
The City of Orem understands many area residents are struggling to meet basic needs due to job loss and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We as a City want to make sure you have the needed information and resources to help you weather the current storm. Our webpage includes resource flyers in English and Spanish, as well as information on rental and utility assistance, food assistance, employment, mental health, and more.

The Utah Housing Assistance Program can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to COVID-19. Visit for more information. Furthermore, the eviction moratorium has been extended til Jan 31, 2021. Click below to learn more.

Help with Home Improvement
Do you need to replace your furnace or water heater, add electrical outlets, or are finishing your basement? The Building Safety Division is here to answer your questions. Click the link below for more info!
Experiencing problems with sewage or water lateral? We've got some tips from Sam Kelly, City Engineer for Orem.
New Pins from the Orem Public Library
The Orem Public Library is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Children's Wing and the completion of the new Library Hall with this five-piece collector's pin set. The pins can be purchased individually or as a complete set. This is a must-have for anyone who has fond memories of visiting the library over the last 25 years.
We're just a few months away from the opening of the new Orem Family Fitness Center and to celebrate we're offering 20% off on all annual passes until the grand opening. Be sure to get your pass now to lock in the best possible prices for this amazing facility.
2021 Lifeguard Training Coming Soon!
Lifeguard training classes will start at the end of January, and class space is limited and early registration is strongly suggested! Visit our website for more information.
Everyday Strong Webinars Available
Ever wonder about how you can help your child or teen make smart choices with cell phones? Our friend and EveryDay Strong certified teacher, Michelle Porcelli, explains how Safety, Connection and Confidence play a role in this brand new TedEx talk! Click here.
Have an Issue? We'd love to chat!
As part of our effort to provide ever-improving service to our residents, we want to make sure you know that you can chat with a real-life city employee through

Instead of calling or coming into city offices, chat offers a quick and simple way to get questions answered, report problems, or let us know what is on your mind.

To access the chat window, just visit and look for the blue box in the bottom corner that says "👋 Chat with Us!" and follow the prompts from there.

We look forward to chatting with you!
Neighborhood Corner
Garden Tips on Keeping your Evergreens Healthy This Winter: Click here!
Reminder about Snow Removal - The fastest way to take the wonder out of your winter wonderland is to have someone slip on your icy sidewalks. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to remove snow from the sidewalks in front of your house in a timely manner.

Smart Controller Rebate: Receive a rebate for up to $75 when you purchase an eligible WaterSense-labeled smart controller for your landscape and receive up to $100 when you replace your old toilet with a WaterSense-labeled toilet! Learn more here.
The Orem Neighborhood Commission has been created with one Commission member representing each of Orem's nine neighborhood districts. Learn more here.
Thank you for Taking the Census!
The numbers are in- Orem reached a 74.6% response rate for the Census, allowing Utah to reach a 99.9% overall response rate. The full breakdown can be found here.
Orem Business Alliance
Do you run a business in Orem? Are you tuned in to what's happening with the Orem Business Alliance? The OBA currently holds webinars and regularly sends out informative emails about funding sources, trainings, and other important information to help Orem Businesses. Check out last month's webinar titled "Networking Amid the Pandemic." Also, sign up here to receive emails and get the inside scoop!

Recycle Coach
Sometimes all we need to do the right thing is a simple nudge. When it comes to being a good recycler, we've got a FREE app that will provide all the nudges you need.

Recycle Coach is Orem's free app for both iPhone and Android that provides simple reminders for your trash pick-up day, how to recycle pretty much anything, and monthly tips on how to be a recycling all-star.

Just search for "Recycle Coach" in your app store.
The City of Orem is Hiring
We are hiring for multiple full-time and part-time positions. To view a list of available job openings and to submit an application, follow the link below.
Know somebody with a great yard? Nominate them for one of our beautification awards. Just click here.