October 2017 - City of Orem Newsletter

Touch-A-Truck: Sponsored by Waste Management

Orem Fire Dept. Open House

Upcoming Election Information - Key Dates

Mental Health Awareness Night at UVU

Scam Prevention Tip from the OPD - Online Jobs

Proposed Pickleball Courts - Meeting at Sharon Park

Go Paperless - Save $1 Per Month

Kindness Week - Nov. 13th - 20th

Calendar of Events

Mayor's Message: Catch the Debates
This Saturday from 10 AM - 1 PM is our first annual Touch-A-Truck event. Bring your kids, friends, neighbors, and yourself to explore vehicles of all kinds from garbage trucks to fire engines to police cars; there's something for everyone! 

Free lunch is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Waste Management.

The Fitness Center is also offering 50% off admissions that day! They will offer a one-day sale on passes: 20% off annual passes, 10% semi-annual passes, no initiation fee for monthly EFT passes.

OCTOBER 11th | 10 AM - 7 PM
OREM FIRE STATION #3 - 255 N 1200W
Bring the whole family out to meet our Orem fire fighters and get an up-close look at what they do to keep the city safe. There will be demonstrations of life-saving techniques. Fire fighters will be giving tours of the engines and there will be FREE popcorn and cotton candy. Hope to see you there!

Important Dates:

Oct 10th - last postmarked date the County will accept mail-in voter registration forms

Oct 17th - ballots to be mailed to voters (is your mailing address correct? check vote.utah.gov)

Oct 31st - last date County can register voters in office (100 E. Center, Suite 3100, Provo)

Nov 6th - last date a ballot can be postmarked and be counted

Nov 7th - Election Day - if voters forgot to mail their ballots, they can still bring them to the Voter Service Center in the Council Chambers at the City Center (56 N State, Orem) from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Mental Health Awareness Night is a free evening workshop for community leaders to outline and explain counseling and other resources available in Utah County to help people dealing with mental or emotional conditions.
The workshop includes keynote presentations as well as informational booths from more than 30 local agencies.

Registration is free.
This scam usually targets victims that are young college age or someone looking to work from home. The victim applies for a job that is listed online through either craigslist.com or KSL.com. Some of the jobs are secret shoppers, secretary work, daycare, etc.. They will send a check or talk the victim into opening a checking account and giving them the account information.

They will then deposit money from fraudulent or forged checks into that account online, and then they have the victim buy gift cards or money grams with the money from these accounts, and forward the money to someone else.

Later the victim learns from the bank that the checks or deposits that were made into the account were fraudulent and the victim is left with the bill.
For years we have been hearing from citizens about the need for pickleball courts in our community. Although it has taken longer than many would have hoped, we have secured funding and are ready to make a formal proposal.

We want to hear your feedback on this proposal.

Here is the first draft of the pickleball project at Sharon Park. In addition to the 8 courts, the plan also includes lights, shade structures, benches, and new walkways.

Come join us for a discussion on this proposal at Sharon Park on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 pm at Sharon Park. We have heard some feedback on this proposal via Facebook and some changes have already been made.

More info on the event here:
NOV. 13TH - 20TH
More info at orem.org/kindness
Monday -Kindness Begins with Me-Kindness Kickoff at the Orem senior Friendship Center 7:00 pm. Bring your family for a fun night of entertainment from Miss Orem, Amanda Flinders, Miss Orem's Outstanding Teen, Cortlyn Sondrup, local dance and musical groups and more!

Tuesday - Kindness in our Neighborhoods- Do kind acts in your neighborhoods and submit pictures and video to win the Kindest Neighborhood in Orem Award!

Wednesday -Kindness in our Schools/Work Places-Do kind acts at school and/or work and submit pictures and video to win the Kindest School in Orem and the Kindest Business in Orem!

Thursday -Kindness in our World-spread kindness on social media today to three people and hashtag #kindframeofmind and #glowithkindness and make Orem's kindness go worldwide!

Friday - Kindness in our Families-Free Concert in the library with Cortlyn Sondrup Miss Orem's Outstanding Teen 2017!

Saturday - Kindness in our Community-At the Orem Senior Friendship Center starting at 2:00 come and join our Circle of Kindness. We will be doing multiple service projects with fun woven in! If you would like to have your organization help serve or bring a project for us to work on contact Glory Thomas at glory.anna.thomas@gmail.com .

Sunday -Kindness in our Culture-a video of the week's events will be released at kindness.orem.org Monday-Continue the Kindness-Lights On!

We will announce our Kindness Ambassadors, Kindest Businesses, Kindest Neighborhoods, and Kindest Schools awards at Orem Lights On Event on Nov. 20th. 
This Winter, there will be no shortage of events and activities for you and your family! Keep up with all Orem City events by following the link below.
This last week the candidates for mayor and for city council in our wonderful city sat down and held a debate sponsored by the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. You can view the video of this debate at www.orem.org/debates .

At www.orem.org/elections you can view "candidate videos" of answers given by the candidates on various questions posed by the city staff to each of them. 

Likewise you can read a "voter information pamphlet" which has 200 word paragraphs by each candidate on their platforms and views.

Also you can view a "Meet the Candidates Night" held by the Chamber of Commerce and posted on YouTube which was held on July 13, 2017.

And lastly for your viewing pleasure you can watch videos and read print copies of interviews held the first week of August, 2017 of the candidates and their views for Orem City Offices recorded by the Daily Herald.

So there is quite a body of work available for all to see whereby the candidates for office have spoken, debated, answered questions, and explained their views on the many important issues facing the city of Orem.

I bring this up as I believe it is important to be an informed voter and a voter who makes their choice of candidates and sends in their ballots.

This year our county is doing "Vote by Mail". As such for the general election, the ballots will be sent out on October 17th to all registered voters in Orem.  From there you will have until November 6, 2017 to mark your ballots and get them into the mailbox to be counted. If you miss the November 6th deadline, you can bring them by City Hall on November 7th to deliver them by hand. Please note that you can deliver them to the City Recorder's office at anytime if that makes you more comfortable.

I would encourage all registered voters to participate in this election. Also the voting for a new congressman will take place and be on the ballot.

I love our country. It is a free land. It is a land of liberty.  

One of our duties to keep this land free is to exercise our right to vote. By doing this we have the opportunity to freely pick the candidates who we would like to see serve and help lead our government.

I love the fact that we have a say in who runs our government. I hope that we don't take this lightly, but that we work to be informed voters and that we in fact mark our ballots and vote in this upcoming election.

Mayor Brunst