Mayor's & Council Messages

Orem Neighborhood Partnership Survey

Election Information

Garage Sale Rules and Regulations

Recreation Programs & Information

Heber Half: June 29th

Summerfest: June 10th-15th

Water Conservation Tips

Home Repair & Housing Program

Free Gardening Classes

Calendar of Events
Don't Feed the Deer

I recently read an article requesting that residents along the Wasatch Front be advised to not feed the deer or more specifically the new fawns that have been born and may be wandering out on their own. The article informed us that mother deer often let the fawns wander on their own to teach them how to foliage for food on their own so that they might be more prepared to live on their own in the future.

In thinking of our 100 year celebration one more time, it is interesting to read about what occurred when the first family, the Thomas and Mary Ann Cordner family, worked to set up the first home in a sod dugout on the land of our beautiful city, then known as the Provo Bench.

What they found was over twenty square miles of rocky soil covered by sagebrush and rattlesnakes. There was little to no water to be found and grasshoppers were also plentiful. The area was tough to defend from marauding Indians, but this later died down after the Blackhawk war ended.  

It is now hard to realize how hard it was for these people to start their own civilization in this arid area and be able to live on their own, much like the new fawns have to do today.

From the history book, "It Happened in Orem" I quote the following" Orem's early pioneers were men and women of great faith in God with a belief in hard work and an appreciation for the freedom available in America. Many pioneers were emigrants from foreign countries who viewed America as a choice and promised land. The pioneer philosophy is best expressed by the early pioneer settler, Arthur Alexander Newell: God has put us here to labor. Before each life stretches many possibilities, 
and to reach the summit is the duty of all. Neither genius nor luck alone will prevail. Work must win the race. There are no easy methods on life's highway. Everyone must work with hands, brains, and strength. Success is reached by being active, awake, ahead of the crowd, by aiming high, pushing ahead honestly, diligently, patiently, by climbing, digging, saving, by forgetting the past, using the present, trusting in the future, by honoring God, having a purpose, fainting not, determining to win, and
striving to the end."

This pioneer philosophy is great advice for us all. 

Our forefathers have truly left us a great legacy in Orem of developing and reaching our own way to continue to establish a great city for the future, for our future. May we carry on this legacy by continuing to build a better Orem.

Mayor Brunst
The Light (Speed) at the End of the Tunnel

Not many years ago the word UTOPIA rarely escaped a collective groan from Orem residents. Despite offering the fastest, most reliable internet service, the fiber optic network struggled through financial turmoil and ineffective growth strategies.

Like many of you, I grew frustrated that Orem was spending millions on UTOPIA’s debt, while the network was still unavailable to most of us. Because we had no clear path to completion, asking when fiber would arrive in our neighborhoods rarely yielded anything but “someday… maybe .” Something had to give—and thankfully, it did!

After learning from early mistakes, UTOPIA now uses a self-sustaining model to expand the network, known as UIA. We are connecting neighborhoods at an unprecedented rate, and the growing popularity of the network generates more subscriber revenue, reducing the debt burden of Orem and other member cities. To improve transparency, UTOPIA has published our entire remaining build out schedule , which leads to my main purpose in writing to you today:

UTOPIA fiber will be available throughout ALL of Orem within the next three to four years ! You can now view a map of when each Orem neighborhood will be completed. This is all possible without any tax or fee increases.

While I had hoped and advocated for an even faster expansion, I am grateful to now see the light at the end of the tunnel. All residents will finally have access to the fastest internet in the country, with a dozen ISPs competing for our business across a dedicated, open-access fiber connection. Revenue that has been tied up funding network construction can then pay down debt at an accelerated pace.

Representing Orem on the UIA Board for the last three years, I have marveled at the dramatic turnaround that is replacing a pit of despair with a beacon of hope. I am proud of the thoughtful, dedicated work by UTOPIA’s staff and fellow board members across the state to right the ship financially and operationally.

I invite you to visit for more information on fiber availability in your neighborhood. This is one of my favorite ways we are “Building a Better Orem,” and I am excited to hear from you as you consider ways fiber access can improve your quality of life.

Councilmember Sam Lentz

Orem Neighborhood Partnership Survey
The City of Orem recently decided to modernize the City's neighborhood program once known as Neighborhoods in Action. The new program, Neighborhood Partnership Initiative, is in the process of being developed. We are seeking resident feedback to help strengthen Orem neighborhoods! Please take this short, 5-minute survey below
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!
Summer Swimming Lessons begin on Monday June 3rd! 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+)
Pool Party
Come soak up the sun with your friends and family at the Summerfest Pool Party! Admission is 50% off and there will be hundreds of FREE dilly bars provided by Orem Dairy Queen (while supplies last). Tuesday, June 11 at 6 pm at the SCERA pool.
Pool Party Page
Entertainment on the Stage
This year’s Summerfest is jam packed with two days’ worth of stage performances. There will be 12 performances ranging from singing, dancing, juggling, reptile exhibits, and much more.
Orem's Got Talent
Come see who will take the title this year in a talent competition that features performers of all ages.

The Orem Senior Friendship Center will be closed June 13th and 14th during Summerfest.
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