Table of Contents

Mayor & Council Message

Orem Fall Clean-Up

Election Day

Census 2020

Convenience Fee for Utility Payments

Library Updates

Recreation Updates

September Yard Beautification Tips

Everyday Strong

Orem Business Alliance

United Way 211

Property All-Star Program

The City of Orem is Hiring

Calendar of Events
Mayor's Message
"Hot August Nights"

Several years ago my three sons and I drove from Orem to go to Reno, Nevada to a large car show that featured older classic and muscle cars. The event is called "Hot
August Nights" and is held every year in August there over a week's time. As we drove through northern Nevada we were pretty excited and spent a lot of time talking and visiting in my truck as we drove along.

As such, I was not paying much attention to my gas tank. Soon we drove through the last city where we could get gas before going out on a long stretch of Nevada desert. We kept talking when all of a sudden I looked down and noticed that my gas gauge was approaching empty, with no gas station or city in sight. I realized then that we were in trouble and would not make it to the next place that sold gas. I asked my sons to join me in prayer and we asked for help to find a source of gas. I was impressed to keep driving.

Soon a geothermal energy pipeline compressor station appeared in sight beside the road. In my past work with pipelines I have visited many compressor stations. So I drove off the freeway and over to the station. I was able to find a worker there and 
asked if they had a gas pump that they used for their own vehicles and if we might be able to buy some gas from them. The gentleman was very kind and offered to fill up our tank for free. He said he understood our predicament.

As I thought about that situation over the years that could have turned out much worse I have thought about the fact that we all need help beyond our own power to give at times. As the COVID19 virus is affecting us all, I believe it is important to pray and ask for help for those who sacrifice for our protection.and help. Our first responders, our care givers, and our other essential workers are doing so much to help us and serve us and many times at great sacrifice and possible risk to their own lives.

At this time of year it is important to add to this list the many school teachers and administrators and students who face possible dangers involved in our students going back to school. I would hope that we all may wear our masks, social distance, and pray for those in our school who are interacting with many others every day. May we be thankful for so many who are involved in keeping our society and community going and in doing so, putting themselves at risk. Thank you to all those who are giving of themselves and know that we support and pray for you.

Mayor Brunst
Message from Councilmember Brent Sumner
A tip of the hat to our outstanding Summerfest committee and participants that made our 2020 summer a little more pleasant with new plans for citizens to enjoy Orem City Summer activities. The Summerfest Committee received word in April that it would be difficult to hold our annual Summerfest activities with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Consequently, all plans were dropped but the committee was not going down without a possible celebration later in the summer.

After several virtual meetings the committee decided a Mid-August City celebration could be possible with proper social distancing rules set by Governor Herbert. What a grand celebration it turned out to be for our citizens young and old within our community, the celebration attended by thousands was Orem’s Got Talent, 150 car participants for the Car Show, Family BBQ, Chalk the Walk, Gratitude Garden, kids Parade, Food Trucks, Scales and Tails and one of the favorite activities was the Geezerfest for two days of old time talent and bands. To put a cap on the night was the 12 minute Fireworks in the city park that made the celebration complete.

Members of the Summerfest Committee were John Whittaker, Katrina Bleyl, Nathan Black, and Kiersten Haderlie, Liz Woolf, Catherine Whittaker, Debbie Laurett, Steven Downs, Reed Price, Jill Winder, Kent Allen, Laura Bascom, Jim Orr, Tim Dalsing, Kena Mathews, Charlene Crozier, Jason Adamson, Peter Wolfley, Shane Fredrickson and Hearth Stevenson.

Another shout out for our dedicated, caring teachers, administration, and staff to find a way for our K-12 Alpine School District students to attend school in the safest way possible while COVID-19 is still causing disruption throughout the country. Kids want to go back to school after a six month layoff and parents want their children to get the best education possible. Kids and most parents are aboard with safety precautions established by Alpine School District. principals, teachers, staff want the best for all children for learning and safety. We are all in this pandemic together and we should adhere to safety rules not only for your children but those they may associate with. Hopefully we can all get through the year by following safety precautions in our schools.

Currently the Orem City Council is considering the purchase of Hillcrest Elementary School and the ground surrounding the school. Approximately just over nine acres are available from Alpine School District. If Orem’s purchase price is accepted by the district some of the city council members suggest expanding the current park on some of the property. However, the best use of the property will be after input and suggestions from staff and Orem citizens.

Brent Sumner
The Orem Fall Clean-Up is back and will kick-off in Nielsen's Grove Park on September 8th. The clean-up will then move to Palisade Park on September 14th.

We're excited to be bringing this program back and ask everyone to review the rules and regulations before using these FREE dumpsters.
Census 2020
Reminder: It's the last month to complete the 2020 Census! Currently 73% of Orem has taken the survey, but we need everyone to participate. It only comes around once every 10 years, and your participation is crucial for Orem to gain funding for the nonprofits, community projects, healthcare facilities and many more programs you know and love. Click the link below to take part!
Convenience Fee for Utility Payments - Effective October 2020
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Effective October 1, 2020, the City of Orem will begin assessing a $3.95 convenience fee for the use of credit & debit card when paying your utility bill. We will also set a cap of $500 per transaction. There will not be fees assessed to other payment methods, such as direct bank withdrawal (ACH).

Making the change from auto debit/credit card to auto ACH is very simple and can be done through your online account. Click the button below to log in, and follow the simple steps listed here.
Library Updates
Visit the Orem Library's website to view many upcoming events, including trivia, book clubs, and more! And click on the image below to sign up for the monthly newsletter for all the updates you need!
Recreation Updates
We're excited to welcome you back to the Orem Family Fitness Center pool starting Tuesday, September 8th. More info on the pool reopening.
There are a bunch of new programs and classes available. We've got flag football, tennis, youth wrestling, swim lessons, dance classes, and so much more.
Preparing for Fall: September Landscape Tips from the Beautification Committee
Everyday Strong Webinar for Parents: Build Resilient Kids
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 this month's webinar titled "Understanding Current Funding Assistance Programs." Also, sign up here to receive emails and get the inside scoop!

United Way 211
With 211 Utah, help is just one call, text, or chat away. 211 is a free and confidential number who can connect you to a variety of local resources such as rent payment assistance, help paying your utilities, finding food, and more. Call 2-1-1, download the 211 Utah app, or begin your search at their website.
Property All-Star Program

Congratulations to the Smith family for being our first winners of the City of Orem’s new Property All-Star Program. They did an amazing job transforming the front yard of their beautiful historic home.

The Property All-Star award program was developed to show appreciation and recognition for homeowners and landlords who have worked hard to improve their once-blighted properties and have brought them up to a community standard or beyond. More information can be found here. Nominate someone today! 
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.
Calendar of Events
In the City of Orem, there are always plenty of events to keep you and your family busy! Keep up with all Orem City events by following the link below.
Know somebody with a great yard? Nominate them for one of our beautification awards. Just click here.