This past Saturday, a musical group from the sixties called "The Tower of Power" played at the Scera Shell. This group is made up of ten or so musicians. These talented people work together to produce music that is harmonious and pleasing to listen to when they play. They have had nine hit recordings in the past.
As I thought of this group, I thought of the staff and management of Orem City. You could call them the "The Staff of Strength". They too work together to produce excellent results for the City of Orem.
I appreciate our city management and staff. They work hard to keep our city running and running well. I appreciate all that they do for us as residents.
As I drove down 1600 N. this past week I watched our city road crew putting a new top layer of asphalt on the road. As I drove down 400 E. I watched our city public works crew working on repairing a water line. Earlier in the week I saw our grounds crew mowing one of the many lawns in our city.
As I drove down 800 E. I looked over the lawns and area of the cemetery and thought how beautiful they keep it for the families of those who are buried there. I looked at the lawn of the area south of there and thought how this is kept up in better shape than many home lawns and how much work it must take to keep it in such good condition.
A week ago I walked through one of our city parks and heard some of the residents mention how they really appreciated the new and updated playground equipment located there. I drove by the Scera Park and saw the new pavement being put in at the parking lot there.
I have seen how our social media staff works hard to provide information through our facebook page and other social media accounts to keep our residents better informed on happenings in the city. I have watched how they have helped sponsor young people to give the Pledge of Allegiance at our city council meetings.
As this is election time, I have watched how our city recorder and her office staff have worked hard to help those running for office. I have seen how they have been efficient in getting out information to candidates on the final canvas of the primary election.
As I interface with the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief, I can see how they work to provide opportunities for the children of the city to get to know them and their officers. I see how hard they work to protect our city and keep it safe.
I watch how our city manager works to get citizens questions answered quickly and fully on many different topics. I notice how he works to keep all of the various departments working together for the city residents.
A city of 95,000 residents takes a lot of work.
What I really appreciate is that when I go to turn the water on, it is there and is the best tasting water in the state. When our trash is taken out to the curb, it is picked up each week. When someone goes to use the bathroom, the sewer system works. When I go to drive down a road, it is in good condition and usable. When someone is in an accident the police and emergency officers are there to help. When a fire occurs the fire department is there to put it out. When a city sidewalk needs to be repaired, out city staff is there to do it.
All the basic needs that our city requires, happens without my thinking about it. The services occur to help my family live and function and work and play. When I want to go swim, or recreate, or play tennis, or go to a park, those facilities are there waiting for me in good working condition.
So again I want to thank our city management and staff for the great work they do in providing for a great place to live, where all of these services happen in a good and efficient manner.
We have a city staff of strength that is a Tower of Power.