Thursday, October 27, 2011

Orem Mayor Selection Process Questionable

Orem City Attorney Paul Johnson set the process to determine the replacement mayor for
Jerry Washburn who died of cancer in September.  He determined that Orem City Council
would not interview the candidates because state law prohibits interviews from occurring in  
a closed meeting and he advised the council not to interview the applicants in public.

If council members made any notes in the closed meeting, they were taken away from them
before they left the meeting.
"The process was presented to us," Hernandez said. "The city attorney provided us that counsel."
State law prohibits public bodies from interviewing individuals in a closed meeting, but Johnson also advised the council not to interview applicants in a public setting, according to some council members.  Daily Herald Newspaper.  Daily Herald
"Councilman Brett Sumner said the process had been defined for the council, and Councilwoman Mary Street said she struggled with not knowing the applicants and not knowing how she was supposed to learn about them."
Daily Herald Newspaper.

In the end Orem City council selected the mayor replacement from 13 applicants they didn't know, didn't interview, and were unable to learn more about prior to their vote.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The City Council selected James T. Evans as the new mayor.

Orem City council selected Jim Evans as the replacement mayor for Jerry Washburn who
was the Mayor of Orem for 11 years, since January 1, 2000, and died of cancer in September.

Orem City Public Notice

James T. Evans is a former City Council member and currently serves on the Utah State Board of Regents. He is also a trustee for the Mountainland Applied Technology College and the Utah College of Applied Technology. He is a former member of the Alpine School District Board and Orem/Provo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was Mountainland Regional Director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. He is Chief Operating Officer and senior vice president of Xactware Solutions Inc. and holds a bachelor's in communications from Brigham Young University.
He said he and his wife, Tana, have lived in Orem since 1984. "Our three children have enjoyed the benefits of many of the recreational opportunities afforded by Orem city, not to mention the premier children's library in the state," he said. "During my time on the council I had the opportunity to work under three mayors and witness their different styles in leading the City Council."

Salt Lake Tribune

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fraud Contributed to Midtown Village Failure

A lawsuit filed against Midtown Village in Orem, claims money intended for the construction of Midtown Village was improperly given to the wrong people.
The lawsuit was filed by Blackstone Financial Group Business Trust, which in April purchased an interest in a Midtown Village construction loan that originally belonged to BankFirst. Improper handouts resulted in serious cash shortages for the project.
"Midtown ran out of money before Midtown Village could be completed and certain subcontractors were not paid," the lawsuit states.

A further complication to already complicated circumstances is the economy and the collapse of several financial institutions involved in Midtown Village.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Information about 13 candidates for Orem's Mayor

Deseret News

Thanks to the Deseret News article by Steve Fidel linked above, there is information available about the 13 candidates who applied to be appointed Orem City's Mayor.

Here are some of the qualifications listed in the article.  I encourage you to read about the candidates and contact council members with your suggestions.

6 candidates listed a Bachelor of Science Degree in the following fields:  Exercise Science, Political Science, Communications, Economics, Business Finance, and Education.  There is one Law Degree.  4 candidates are either current council members or have been council members in the past, and 2 have been on the planning commission.

One is a World War II Veteran, and one is the Utah County Coordinator for the Jason Chaffetz for Congress Campaign.  One is currently a member of the State Board of Regents.

One candidate is a former legislator, has been the director of the Polynesian Cultural Center, past president of the SCERA.

Thanks to all the candidates for applying and again thanks to the Deseret News for publishing this information.

Norman L. Nielsen: Former member of the Utah House of Representatives, past president of SCERA.
Karen McCandless: Currently in third term on Orem City Council, member of Intermountain Healthcare's Women's Advisory Council.
Richard Jackson: Served eight years on the City Council and five on the UTA Board of Directors.
James T. Evans: Serves on the Utah State Board of Regents, former Orem City Council member.
Lester D. Campbel: Member of the City Council from 2000 through 2007.
Keven J. Stratton: Former chairman and board member of Kids on the Move, the Orem/Provo Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Foundation and Healthy Utah Valley.
Richard F. Brunst, Jr.: President and CEO of Western Pipe Coaters and Engineers, Inc. in Vineyard. 
Steven C. Golieb: Has worked in the mayor's office in Salt Lake City, worked at the Utah Clean Cities Coalition.
Philip Hornberger: Orem Native, ran for mayor in Orem two years ago.
Skyler M. Jeppson: Works at Utah Valley University and has worked for the mayor's office in Provo.
Kyler Ludwig: Lifelong Orem Resident, current BYU student in Political Science
Chris Nichols: Current President of the Utah County Association of Realtors and Federal Political Coordinator for Real Estate assigned to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
Robert L. (Bob) Wright: Retired Union Pacific Railroad station agent, treasurer and manager of the Railroad Employees Credit Union for 16 years.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

13 Candidates file to be Orem Mayor

In the end 13 candidates filed for the Orem Mayor position.  Former Mayor Joyce Johnson filed earlier and removed her name. There will be a special city council meeting tonight Tuesday October 18, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Each of the applicants will be given three minutes to introduce themselves and the city council will adjourn to a closed door session.

Karen McCandless, current council member will not be able to participate in the closed meetings or vote for the new mayor as she is a candidate according to Utah State Law.

  1. Richard Brunst
  2. Les Campbell
  3. James T. Evans
  4. Steven C. Golieb
  5. Philip Hornberger
  6. Richard Jackson
  7. Skyler M. Jeppson
  8. Kyler Stephen Ludwig
  9. Karen McCandless
  10. Chris Nichols
  11. Norman L. Nielsen
  12. Keven J. Stratton
  13. Robert (Bob) Wright

Saturday, October 15, 2011

7 have filed for Orem Mayor Post

The deadline for submitting 7 letters of interest is Monday Oct. 17 at noon.
 7 People who have submitted letters of interest as of Friday October 14:

  • Kyler Stephen Ludwig
  • Les Campbell
  • Karen McCandless
  • Richard Jackson
  • Robert (Bob) Wright
  • Richard Brunst
  • Joyce Johnson

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Democrats Filed Open Records Request for Closed Redistricting Meeting

The Utah Legislature went into a special Redistricting Legislative Session on October 3, to
vote on the redistricting maps that have been debated in public hearings all over the state
for over 6 months.

The legislature deadlocked and the Republicans retreated to closed door meetings in
both the House and the Senate to create new maps, never seen by the public or discussed
in public hearings.  The Democrats and the media were not included in the closed door
meetings which went on for almost two full days.

"The Utah Democratic Party said it filed an open-records request with the Legislature on Wednesday seeking documents on what it called “the closed-door, secret conversations” that led last week to a stalemate between the House and Senate on congressional maps and prompted a two-week recess to seek a compromise."

“Someone must smash a battering ram through the closed doors,” said Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis. “The Republican Party bosses are taking a two-by-four to the democratic process, and they must repent.”  Lee Davidson

"That deadlock occurred when many House members balked at a map passed by the committee and Senate. Instead, they wanted the map to favor the GOP more, help rural candidates more or move more Republicans from Davis County into the district of Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, to make it tougher on him.

House Republicans then drew and debated an alternative behind closed doors that would be tougher on the six-term congressman.

The Senate not only disliked the map, it complained the House map had never been vetted publicly and worried it could re-create the furor that occurred earlier this year when lawmakers quickly passed changes to open-records laws that had little chance for public input."  Lee Davidson Salt Lake Tribune

Friday, October 7, 2011

Republicans Plan to eliminate 4% of Democrats in Matheson's District

The Redistricting committee is meeting today at the capital to work on Congressional Maps.

"Sources on Capitol Hill say that some Republicans are looking to eliminate at least 4 percent of the people who voted Democrat in the 2010 election from Matheson's current district, in an effort to make it harder for him to win reelection in 2012." Billy Hesterman, Daily Herald Newspaper October 7, 2011

"At least two, possibly more, plans will be brought forward in the committee meeting this morning. One plan drawn by northern Utah lawmaker Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, and another plan put together by Sen. Ben McAdams, D-Salt Lake City.
Froerer's plan is a modification to the plan already approved by the committee with minor changes that could possibly gain enough votes in the House and Senate. The plan still divides Utah County into two separate districts, most of western Utah County would be in the state's new fourth district, while the east side of the county would remain in Utah's third district."  Hesterman

"McAdams's plan also is a rewrite of a previous map, though the map was rejected by the committee. The map would split Utah County mostly down the I-15 corridor but place Orem in one district and Provo in another. The split of the two cities was needed to ensure that each district was equal in population.
McAdams explained that his plan could be seen as a bipartisan plan. He said he tried to draw a map that included rural and urban areas in each district, a sticking point with Republican lawmakers, and that he tried to draw the maps to create competitive districts, not safe districts for one party."  Hesterman

Thursday, October 6, 2011

SENATE BILL 3001 Substitute 3 is waiting for Governor's signature

Redistrict SB 3001 substitute 3 map

Senate: SB3001S03, Utah State Senate Boundaries and Election Designation, by Rep. Sumsion


Deviation from Ideal Population:

Largest District: 0.00% (+3 persons)
Smallest District: 0.00% (-3 persons)
3rd Sub. S.B. 3001, sponsored by Representative Kenneth Sumsion.

HB3001 Substitute 6 is waiting for Governor's signature

House: HB3001S06, Utah State House Boundaries Designation, by Sen. Okerlund


Deviation from Ideal Population:

Largest District: 0.07% (+24 persons)
Smallest District: -0.06% (-22 persons)
6th Sub. H.B. 3001, sponsored by Senator Ralph Okerlund.
This substitute changes district numbers of certain districts.
abc news

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday October 17, Noon, filing deadline for Orem Mayor

A public notice posted in the Deseret Morning News and the Salt Lake Tribune
gives the following information regarding filling the vacancy in the Orem Mayor


The City Council of the City of Orem hereby gives notice that a mayoral vacancy has occurred, effective September 26, 2011,  with the passing of Mayor Jerry C. Washburn. The City Council will meet on Monday, October 24, 2011, at 5:00 p.m.—with the filling of the mayoral vacancy to be discussed at 6:00 p.m.—in the City Council Chambers at the Orem City Center, 56 North State, Orem, Utah to appoint a new Mayor who will serve until Monday, January 6, 2014.
Monday, October 17, 2011 – Noon – Deadline to submit seven copies of a letter of interest, including recent photograph.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – Special City Council meeting – applicants will be given three minutes to introduce themselves. The City Council will then adjourn to closed door.
Monday, October 24, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. – Special City Council meeting – the City Council will convene the meeting and adjourn to closed door. The City Council will reconvene the open meeting at 6:00 p.m. to consider filling the vacancy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – Regularly Scheduled City Council meeting – Oath of Office ceremony at the beginning of the meeting.
The vacancy will be filled by a qualified applicant. Individuals interested in submitting their names for consideration must be registered voters and have resided in the City of Orem for the past year. Seven copies of a letter of interest shall be submitted to Donna Weaver, City Recorder, at the Orem City Recorder’s Office at the Orem City Center, 56 North State Street, Room 101, Orem, Utah, 84057.  Letters of interest shall include
  • Applicant’s name
  • Applicant’s address
  • Applicant’s telephone number
  • Applicant’s list of qualifications
  • Recent photograph.

The deadline for receiving letters of interest is Monday, October 17, 2011, by Noon. All open special meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers at 56 North State Street, Orem, Utah.
If you need a special accommodation to participate in the City
Council Meetings, please call the City Recorder’s Office.
(Voice 229-7074, TDD 229-7035)



Monday, October 3, 2011

Utah Law Gives Orem City 30 days to fill Mayor's Office Vacancy

October 26, 2011,  is the deadline according to Utah Law for Orem City to replace
Orem's Mayor Jerry Washburn who died last week.

Orem city will publish a legal notice for the process to appoint a replacement
Mayor, Tuesday October 4, 2011.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Provo Tabernacle Converted to Temple Newsroom
Provo, Utah Tabernacle
The converted Provo Tabernacle will become the second temple in Provo and the sixteenth in the state. The tabernacle was originally constructed from 1883 to 1898. It is located on University Avenue between Center Street and 100 South.
Historically, the tabernacle was used for church meetings and cultural events. Since the 2010 fire, Church leaders have worked with architects, engineers and historical experts to determine the future of the building.  The project will include a complete restoration of the original exterior. To facilitate these plans the Church has recently acquired additional property near the tabernacle.
This will be the second time the Church has converted an historic tabernacle into a temple. The Vernal Utah Temple, which was dedicated in 1997, was constructed within the brick exterior of the 1907 Uintah Stake Tabernacle.