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Yesterday morning my wife screamed out to me "Honeyeeee" in a very distressed voice.

As I came rushing to see what happened I noticed that she was in the garage and had a worried look on her face. It seemed that a young skunk had crawled under the lawnmower situated in our garage. As my wife grabbed the handle of the lawnmower to use it, the skunk ran out and into a pile of tarps in the corner of the garage.

Well as we looked at each other, the thought came to mind, "What do we do now?" If I was to take a stick and push him out, I would get sprayed. If I pulled the tarps back to expose him, I could get sprayed. So we left the garage and went into the house.

As I researched it out on the internet, I learned that skunks do like the smell of citrus. As I had an orange and several limes in my refrigerator I pulled them out, cut them up, and proceeded to throw them next to where he was lying. I then opened the garage doors and went back into the house. A half hour later I came out and he was gone.

I learned that if you have a situation you wish to solve, you need to research a solution that will work. I relate that to the fact that we have an primary election coming up with ballots going out on July 23rd and the Primary election date of August 13th.

I refer to that as it is important for all of us to vote. To do that in an educated way, we all need to get to know the 11 candidates running for the 3 city council seats that are up for voting on in this election.

You can learn information on each candidate by going to  Also the City of Orem will be holding an election candidate meeting, which will be posted in the future. Plus the city has invited all candidates who wish to do so to be interviewed for a video that the city will put out on the city elections website to get to know the candidates even better.

It is important to have citizen engagement in the election process. To choose the best candidate for City Council that meets your requirements and is close to what your beliefs are, each of us will need to get to know and understand where each candidate sits on the issues.

So to make a wise choice it is important to do the work of knowing your candidates. I encourage us all to do so. Please take the time to do the research to get the best outcome.

Mayor Brunst
Thank you for joining us at this year’s Summerfest! I hope you enjoyed your time experiencing our kick-off to summer--including those wonderful centennial fireworks! I want to personally thank all those who made Summerfest one of the best we have ever had. We could not have done it without our Summerfest committee members, our Orem City staff, our generous sponsors, our selfless volunteers, and our wonderful Orem residents. Thanks for kicking off the summer with us!

Even though Summerfest is over, we have a lot to look forward to this summer. Whether you want to entertain yourself or be entertained, the City of Orem has a lot to offer.

The Scera Pool offers half-priced swimming Tuesdays through Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. They also give a family night discount on Mondays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Bring the family for some fun in the sun!

The Orem City Library has a phenomenal Summer Reading program that the whole family can participate in! Come to the library or visit to learn more.

The Orem Splash Pad is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Palisade Park (1300 E and 800 N). Bring your friends and family to cool off in the hot summer heat, and grab a treat at the snack shack while you’re there.

Our Summer Concert Series is in full force. Join us on Monday nights at 7:00 pm at City Center Park throughout July and August for food trucks and great music. Visit for a full list of dates and performers.

I hope you will get outside and enjoy our beautiful city this month!

Councilmember Tom Macdonald
2019 City Council Elections
The Candidates for Orem's City Council have been announced. Visit or the link below to find more information about the candidates.
Did you know that bees are very important to your garden? They are pollinators & keep flowers & fruits blooming. 
It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume daily relies on pollination mainly by bees.
Plants you can put in your yard specifically for bees:

  • Bee Balm
  • Lilac Bushes
  • Cone Flowers
  • Poppies
  • Sunflowers
Have you ever heard of a bee bath? You can easily make one (or buy one online ;))
Basically it is a shallow dish which you put pebbles or marbles into for the bees to rest on & fill with water so they can rest & rehydrate. 
Spring has sprung which means it's time for garage sales!

Were you aware that Orem City has codes regarding garage sales and signs to advertise such sales? Although Orem City doesn't require permits or have as many regulations as other surrounding cities, Orem City Code 22-14-28 does set forth regulations regarding garage sales. Check out the rules and regulations here .
Swimming Lessons!
Don't miss out on lessons this Summer! For a complete list of session dates for the Summer, please visit

Here are some of the Recreation Department's upcoming programs:

  • Sports Camps (Ages 5 - 8)
  • Soccer Camp (Ages 5 - 8)
  • T-Ball (Ages 4 - 6) & Coach Pitch (Ages 6 - 8)
  • Machine Pitch (Ages 8 - 11)
  • Summer Adaptive T-Ball (Ages 5+, for children with mild to moderate mental and/or physical disabilities)
  • Fishing (Ages 7 - 13)
  • Girls' Fast Pitch Softball (Grades 3 - 9)
  • Lacrosse (Grades 3 - 8)
  • Spring Tennis Lessons (Ages 7+)
Water Conservation Tips and Resources from the Beautification Advisory Committee  
Living in the 2nd driest state in the country necessitates a certain amount of personal responsibility when it comes to water conservation. Below are a few statistics from the EPA to help put the seriousness of the situation into perspective.  

  • Outdoor water use accounts for more than 30 percent of total household water use, on average, but can be as much as 60 percent of total household water use in arid regions.
  • If the average sized lawn in the United States is watered for 20 minutes every day for 7 days, it’s like running the shower constantly for 4 days or taking more than 800 showers. That's equivalent to the amount of water needed for the average family to take 1 years’ worth of showers. • As much as 50 percent of the water we use outdoors is lost due to wind, evaporation, and runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems. A household with an automatic landscape irrigation system that isn't properly maintained and operated can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water annually.
  • When hiring a professional to install or audit your landscape irrigation system, be sure he or she is certified by a WaterSense labeled irrigation program. If the system is well managed, a household's irrigation water use can be reduced by 15 percent, or nearly 7,600 gallons of water, annually. That's the amount of water needed to take 480 showers. 
City of Orem Critical Home Repair & Housing Rehabilitation Program
The City of Orem will provide homeowners grant and/or loan funding (depending on income and home value) up to $15,000 to repair critical damage to homes or eliminate specific and immediate hazards to health, safety, and/or sanitation.

Homeowners can also replace or repair windows, electrical, plumbing, fixtures, or roofs, paint exterior or interiors, do necessary remodeling, put in ADA improvements, and do additions (based on need).

The program will be available to all homeowners (single family, multi-family, and mobile homes) making less than 80 percent of the Area Median Income (based on HUD’s yearly MSA numbers) living in the City of Orem. For an application or to find out more about this program, contact Kena Jo Mathews at or call 801-229-7023.
Were you aware there are FREE gardening and landscape classes offered right here in Orem by the Central Utah Water Conservancy District? Classes for the kids and events for the family as well! Learn some great tips on keeping Orem beautiful!

Click Here for the 2019 schedule of classe s . Registration is required. Click on the link below to do so !

Classes will be held at their new location by the mouth of Provo Canyon (instead of their old facility on University Parkway). The address is:

Central Utah Water Conservancy District 
1426 E. 750 N.
Main Floor Classroom
Orem, UT 84097 
This summer, there will be no shortage of events to keep you and your family busy! Keep up with all Orem City events by following the link below.