here. Many times a friend or neighbor may tell you that you don’t need a permit. Here are some of the reasons why I would like to encourage you to get a permit: 1) Resale – when you decide to sell, you are obligated to disclose that no permit was pulled and the new owner may require you to get a permit then or may choose not to buy your house. 2) Damage and problems with the house – if you ever need to make a claim on your house insurance, the insurance company may refuse to pay because no permit was pulled. 3) Peace of mind about the work done – everyone makes a mistake occasionally. By pulling a building permit you have additional eyes on your work to make sure it is done safely as a building inspector will visit your home during the construction process. 4) It is the law to get a building permit for construction – we all like to think of ourselves as law-abiding citizens. This is a friendly reminder that as we get excited about a new construction project, let’s have the protection as well as the peace of mind that comes with a building permit. If you have any building questions, let the staff at the City’s Development Services office help you. Enjoy the Spring weather!
Last week I had the opportunity to spend the day with a student named Nathaniel. He asked if he could be my “job shadow” for the day, so I signed him up for a Tuesday that included a City Council Meeting. I thought the meeting might add a little excitement to the day, little did I know just how exciting the day would get. Nathaniel and I started our time together with hundreds of students at Northridge Elementary School. The kids were getting an award for their reading program, and the school was in celebration mode. After the school visit, Nathaniel and I went to a City Council work session on solid waste services and options for the Lakeview Parkway and trails—important business, but there’s certainly nothing glamorous about solid waste. When we moved into the Council Chambers for the regular meeting, we found it was standing-room only. Scouts, students, and many concerned citizens packed the meeting. The discussion on a potential rezone lasted long into the evening. It was an important issue to many people, and both sides needed to be fully explored. Nearly six hours later, we left the room tired, wound up, and trying to piece together the details of an exciting BYU basketball game that we had missed. I hope that Nathaniel takes away one thing from his day with me: people are important. Regardless of whether they are young or old or whether the issue is simple or complicated, people’s time and opinions matter. Like Nathaniel, I consider myself to be a student of this community, and I’m happy to be learning the job of mayor one day at a time.
If you have never tried a J Dawg, check it out for a legendary hot dog experience. Be sure to try their famous Special Sauce on your choice of a polish or regular hot dog, along with a variety of toppings. Once you have tasted a J Dawg, you will never look at regular hot dogs the same. To learn more about J Dawgs, visit www.jdawgs.com. We are excited to have this delicious and high-quality hot dog venue join the many great eateries in Orem! Store hours are Mon-Sat 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, closed Sundays.
Good news for all us who like shopping for the latest and greatest sporting goods. With over 450 stores located throughout the United States, the large retail chain Dick’s Sporting Goods is coming to Orem. They have applied for a building permit and will soon begin remodeling a vacant space in The Family Center at Orem, a shopping complex located at 130 East University Parkway. The mission of Dick’s Sporting Goods “is to be the #1 sports and fitness specialty retailer for all athletics and outdoor enthusiasts through the relentless improvement of everything we do.” The City is excited to welcome Dick’s Sporting Goods to Orem, and we look forward to their grand opening in the near future.
http://www.prwua.org/current-news/news/happening/2012/03/08/352. While we are talking about road closures and construction, there are also lane restrictions on 800 North from 1000 East to the mouth of the canyon. Local contractors, Ames and WW Clyde, are working together to create less of an impact to motorists traveling East and West on 800 North near the canyon. Both contractors have created a traffic-control plan that allows them each to encroach into 800 North to complete their respective projects. Each project has to cross 800 North with a large diameter pipe. Although both projects eventually connect at 800 North and approximately 1500 East, each serves a different purpose. The pipe installed by WW Clyde allows for more water from Deer Creek Reservoir to be added to the Murdock Canal. The purpose for the pipe installation by Ames Construction is to reduce the amount of water loss in the Murdock Canal to infiltration and evaporation. Both pipes together will create a pipe network to provide drinking water to Northern Utah County and Salt Lake County to meet future water needs. We appreciate Ames and WW Clyde for all they are doing to lessen the impact on the citizens. They are doing a great job. Although the construction isn’t fun for anyone, let’s be patient as we drive through these areas. We will all benefit when these projects are completed. Have a great, safe weekend!