Boards & Commissions

Serving on city boards or commissions is a great way to give back to the community and be intimately involved with what happens in Orem.

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Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the City Council.

Public Works Commission

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Tai Riser 03-2018
K.C. Shaw 03-2018
Carol Walker 03-2018
Luke Peterson 03-2018
Val Hale 03-2017
Stan Roberts 03-2018
Bill Peperone 03-2017
Chris Tschirki PW Director
Neal Winterton Water Resources
Debbie Lindsay (801) 229-7509 Clerical
David Spencer 801-319-0217 Councilmember

Arts Council

The mission of the Orem Arts Council is to increase visibility and emphasize the importance of the arts in our community. Currently, volunteers meet for a lunch meeting on the third Friday of each month to discuss both strategic planning and upcoming events hosted by the Arts Council. The Arts Council hosts four events per year and sponsors the Summer Concert Series at the Stage at City Center Park.Volunteers take an active role in planning and executing these events. A member of the Arts Council also represents the group during Summerfest planning and takes responsibility for scheduling entertainment for the two-day June celebration.

The Arts Council is made up of individuals with a variety of backgrounds and interests. There are opportunities for volunteers who have strengths in many different areas. We seek individuals with a passion for both community service and the arts to serve in this volunteer assignment.

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Ray Smith 02-2017
Barry Merrell  08-2019
Cindy Clark 02-2017
Cody Clark 02-2017
Carole Miller 04-2020
Bart Francis 04-2020
Cassandra Barney 07-2016
Debby Lauret 02-2016
Cody Hale (Hale Theater) Permanent Seat
Adam Robertson (SCERA) Permanent Seat
Dr. Randy Bernhard 06-2018
Nancy Peterson 08-2019
John Reinhard 10-2019
Mark Seastrand Councilmember
Charlene Crozier (801) 229-7047 Staff
Christie Nuttall 801-229-7120 Clerical

Appt. by Mayor

Beautification Commission

The beautification commission is charged with the responsibility of making orem a more beautiful place in which to live and recommends to the council programs which will improve and enhance residential and commercial areas within the city.

Commission Members

NAME APPT.
Aaron Orullian, Chair 07 – 2019
Melvin Rodriguez 07 – 2020
Chelsie Young 08 – 2018
Tanya Harmon 09 – 2018
Sharalyn Bennett 08 – 2018
Sally Taylor 03 – 2019
Sean Orrullian  08 – 2016
Emily Davenport 01 – 2020
Sam Lentz City Council
Reed Price, Staff Support
Teresa McKitrick, Staff Support

Beautification Gallery

Commission Responsibilities & Meeting Schedule

Meetings are scheduled the last Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Public Works Complex 1450 W. 550 N.

9 members – 4 year terms + CC representative
Appt. by Mayor

Commission Goals

  1. Enhance the Orem City Arboretum.
    1. Plant more trees
    2. Provide informational pamphlets about trees.
  2. Support Arbor Day Activities
  3. Recognize Citizens and Businesses who make a difference in beautifying Orem.
  4. Support Effort to Beautify City Entryways
  5. Promote the Roles and Activities of the Commission thru brochures, pamphlets, newspapers, and the City’s Website.

Meeting Schedule for 2009 — Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the Month, starting at 4:30 PM at the Department of Public Works, located at 1450 West 550 North. These meetings are open to the public.

Beautification Award Recipients

Beautification Award Nominations

Nominations for Beautification Awards (Businesses)

Nominations for Beautification Awards (Residents)

Tree City USA

The City of Orem has been recognized as a Tree City USA since 1993.  What does it mean to be acknowledged as a Tree City USA.  There are four standards that a city must qualify in to receive this recognition:

  • The City must have a Tree Board or Department,
  • The City must have a tree care ordinance,
  • The City must have a forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and
  • The City must observe Arbor Day.

The Beautification Commission serves as the City’s Tree Board.  The members of this Commission volunteer their time, talents and efforts promoting ways to enhance to beauty of Orem.  Every summer Commission members give monthly beautification awards to residents and businesses.  On Arbor Day, they attend Tree City celebrations and plant trees at one of the community’s many city parks.

Becoming a Tree City:

  • Encourages better care of our urban forest.
  • Tells people that here is a community that cares about its environment and promotes community pride.
  • Provides education to improve urban forestry practices.
  • Helps build cooperation between public and private sectors to effectively manage the urban forest.
  • Increases public awareness.

Marty Shiede is Orem’s Urban Forester.  He is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).  He has special training and knowledge in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees.  If any citizen needs information or advice pertaining to their tree(s), they are welcome to contact Marty anytime during normal city working hours.

One of the main goals of the City’s Urban Forestry program is to help people understand the importance of good tree practices and making sure people plant the right tree in the right location.  Removing improperly planted trees can be costly and difficult because people develop emotional attachments to trees that give them special status and value.  In addition, an improperly planted tree can prove to be hazardous to buildings and surrounding infrastructure.

Board of Adjustment

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Karl Gadd 03-13 (03-2018)
Gene Robison 10-11 (10-2016)
Meredith Seaver 02-12 (02-2017)
David Stroud 801-229-7095 Staff
Lori Merritt 801-229-7183 Clerical

The board of adjustment hears and decides appeals from any decision, order, or requirement made by the planning commission or zoning administrator. They shall also hear and decide other zoning matters such as conditional use permits that the zoning ordinance designates as their responsibility. Also requests for variances to avoid unnecessary hardships and with consideration for the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the public.

Meetings on the Fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

5 Members – 5 year term.
Appointed by City Manager

Board of Building & Fire Code Appeals

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Roger Knell (Arch) 01-14 (01-2017)
Conrad Guymon (Structural Engineer) 10-13 (10-2016)
Bernell Lancaster (Contractor) 10-13 (10-2016)
Carl Robison (Contractor) 10-13 (10-2016)
Bill Bell (801) 229-7053 Ex Officio – Non-Voting
Julia Davis (801) 229-7060 Clerical

The board of building and fire code appeals is an advisory board and hears and decides appeals from any decision, order or requirement made by city building officials.  The board may also recommend to the city council new legislation which is consistent with orem city ordinances peculiar to building construction.

Meetings are held as needed (Building and Fire Code problems).

5 Qualified Members (by experience and training) – 3 year term.
Appt. by CM

Community Development Block Grant Advisory Commission

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Brayden Santo 01 – 2018
Thomas Walsh 12 – 2016
Greg Brown 11 – 2017
Chris Bennett 10 – 2017
Virginia Ball 12 – 2016
Thomas Walsh 12 – 2016
Steven Downs (801) 229-7115 Staff
Jennifer Sisoutham (801) 229-7025 Clerical

This commission is an advisory commission to involve orem residents in the process of deciding where and how the community development block grant money is spent. The commission gathers citizen input and advises the city council on its findings.

Meets as needed.

7 Members – 2 year term.
Appt. by Mayor.

Heritage Commission

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Mike Walker 10-13 (10-2017)
Jeffery Olsen 4/2019
Bradley Prescott 9/2019
Niles Elwood 5-13 (5-2017)
Kelly Kirkpatrick 10-12 (10-2016)
Norman Tong 9/2019
Russ Sneddon 3-13 (3-2017)
Debby Lauret Councilmember
 Brenn Bybee  229-7035 Staff
Kristie Snyder 229-7035 Clerical

The heritage advisory commission shall make recommendations to the city council regarding development of two memorials honoring veterans, one memorial to is to be located at the city cemetery and the other is to be located at the city center; shall establish a local tradition of formally celebrating our heritage trough memorial day, independence day, and veterans day celebrations and other appropriate holiday celebrations; shall establish the tradition of flag raising ceremonies; and shall conduct educational outreach to enhance appreciation for our nation and the sacrifices made on its behalf.

Meets Second Wednesday – Conference Room – 5:30 P.M.

7 members – 4 year term, can serve only one term
Appt. by Mayor

Veteran Headstone Project | War Veteran Bios

Historic Preservation Advisory Commission

The Historic Preservation Advisory Commission is currently inactive.

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Lon Bowen 10-13 (10-2016)
Jay Buckley 1-15 (1-2018)
Shawn Herring 5-13 (5-2016)
Julie Kaio 5-13 (5-2016)
Colleen Ferguson 11-11 (11-2014)
Kelvin Clayton 9-11 (9-2014)
Vacant
Tom Macdonald Councilmember
Clinton Spencer 801-229-7267 Staff
LaDonna Petersen 801-229-7052 Clerical

This commission is an advisory commission organized to inventory historical locations in the city of orem, determine what, if any, funds are available to restore and maintain these sites and make recommendations to the city council concerning their assignment.

Meets first Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm in Development Services

7 Members (6 +1) – 3 year term
Appt. by Mayor.

Download the Orem Historical Sites Booklet

Library Advisory Commission

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
James Jones 02-14 (02-2017)
Terri Potts Smith 05-13 (05-2016)
Suzanne Stratton 10-2018
Courtney Burns 12-2017
Chitralekha Duttagupta 10-2018
Kenneth Bonney 10-1-2018
Debby Lauret Councilmember
Charlene Crozier (801) 229-7047 Staff
Sheron Buttars (801) 229-7448 Clerical

The library commission has the responsibility to advise the city council on the needs and desires of the public with regard to library services. They also encourage grants or gifts and recommend the purchase of various library materials for the benefit of the community.

Meeting Time – Every other month, Second Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. – Library’s Book Discussion Group Meeting Room.

7 Members – 3 year term
Appt. by Mayor

Natural Resources Stewardship Committee

NAME PHONE TERM ENDS
Sarah Bateman 12/2019
Darren Hawkins 12/2019
David Staub 12/2019
Erin Lyons 12/2019
Gwenna Terry 12/2019
Brent Sumner Councilmember
Christian Kirkham (801) 229-7267 Staff
Cheryl Vargas (801) 229-7052 Clerical

Connection to the land runs deep in Utah. The early inhabitants- both the native tribes and then later, the pioneers- viewed goods and resources as precious. There was sacred consciousness of stewardship.

Orem’s Natural Resources Stewardship Committee (NRSC) has been established to build on the values of early inhabitants: innovation, conservative self-reliance and community spirit. Areas of focus include recycling, water conservation, bicycling, gardening, and promoting air quality.

5 Members – 3 year term
Appt. by Mayor

Orem Youth Council

Mission Statement: To aid in the participation, development, and service of our fellow youth in our community through example, leadership, and service opportunities.

  • Provide leadership training at the community level.
  • Provide an opportunity for the youth to acquire a greater knowledge of and appreciation for political systems through active participation.
  • Educate the youth so that they can participate within the current governmental system and make a positive change in their community.
  • Help the elected officials solve problems and accomplish the goals of their community by working directly with the representatives of the youth.
  • Serve the youth of the community by informing elected officials of the needs and wishes of the youth by planning and implementing social, educational, cultural, community service and recreational activities for the youth.
  • Teach Youth Council members to work with public officials, school administrators, civic clubs and service organizations to provide service and leadership opportunities.
  • Instill a feeling of positive selfworth and esteem, to teach teamwork and respect for the rights and property of others, to promote community pride and to eliminate potential negative influences among our future community leaders.

The City of Orem Youth Council meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 3:30 P.M. in the Public Safety training room. OYC is open to students in the 10th-12th grades.

City Council Liaison: Sam Lentz

Planning Commission

Planning Commission Meetings

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Karen Jeffreys Dec. 2018
Carl Cook Aug 2018
David Moulton Nov 2016
Lynnette Larsen (Chair) Aug 2017
Carlos Iglesias Oct 2017
Becky Buxton Nov 2017
Michael Walker (Vice Chair) July 2018
Sam Lentz Councilmember
Bill Bell
Jason Bench
David Stroud
Christian Kirkham
Kirby Snideman
801-229-7056
801-229-7238
801-229-7095
801-229-7267
801-229-7055
Staff
Sam Kelly 801-229-7328 Staff
Paul Goodrich 801-229-7320 Staff
Steve Earl 801-229-7500 Staff
Lori Merritt 801-229-7183 Clerical

THE PLANNING COMMISSION IS REGULATED PRIMARILY BY STATE LAW AND WORKS TO PROMOTE PLANNED AND ORDERLY GROWTH WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. ITEMS REFERRED TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR THEIR RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL INCLUDE GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTS, REZONE REQUESTS, CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS, ANNEXATIONS, DEEP LOTS, AND PRD’s. THE PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES SUBDIVISION MAPS AND COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SITE DEVELOPMENTS.

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday – 3:30 PM for tour or study session – Regular meeting starts at 4:30 PM in City Council Chambers

7 Members – 4 year term, can serve only one term
Appt. By City Manager

Recommendation or Approval

Everyone has the right to develop their property. The Planning Commission only has the right to regulate the property in harmony with State, Federal, and local law. They are not all powerful and it is important to understand their powers and constraints.

The Planning Commission has recommending authority on some items and final approving authority on other items. The Planning Commission has final approving authority for commercial site plans and preliminary subdivision plats. In granting approval, the Planning Commission may only consider whether the applicant has met all of the requirements of the ordinance. If the ordinance is met, the Planning Commission must approve the applicant’s request for approval. If the ordinance has not been met, the Planning Commission must deny the applicant’s request for approval. Issues such as overcrowding of schools, general traffic increases, obstruction of neighbors’ views, and the financial viability of a project are not written requirements of the ordinance, therefore the Planning Commission may not consider them.

When the Planning Commission has recommending authority, they make recommendations to the City Council who will hear and decide the item at a later date. The Planning Commission is concerned with land use issues and works to encourage planned and orderly growth within the City. Most of their time is spent in planning the future of the City. They make recommendations to the City Council regarding the General Plan, rezones and ordinance revisions/amendments that will implement the desired goals. They also make recommendations regarding planned residential developments and conditional use permits.

Public Meetings v. Public Hearings

All Planning Commission meetings are public meetings, which means that they are meetings held in a place where the public can listen and observe. The Planning Commission Chairperson has discretion whether to invite public comment. Some items in a public meeting are also required by law to be public hearings which means that there will be time during the hearing where the public has the right to make comments if they desire. If the item before the Planning Commission is a public hearing, the staff will introduce the item to the Planning Commission. The applicant will then make a presentation followed by questions from the Planning Commission. The Chairperson of the Planning Commission will then open the public hearing and return the discussion solely to the Commission for discussion and resolution.

Citizen Participation

The Planning Commission welcomes public comment and desires to be fair. Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Move to one of the side microphones so comments will be picked up on the tape recording system.
  2. Use a spokesperson if many from a neighborhood have similar concerns.
  3. Refrain from repeating points already mentioned.
  4. Avoid applause or disruptive comments.
  5. Be concise in your comments.
  6. Be respectful and courteous. Everyone is doing the best they can. We may not always agree with each other but we can disagree without being disagreeable, argumentative or rude.

Appreciation

The City appreciates your interest and involvement in the affairs of the City. The City relies on you to staff the Planning Commission and its subcommittees. Please feel free to give input to the Planning Commission and Staff on what the City stands for and how it should be planned. Government is only effective to the degree that citizens get involved in their community and neighborhoods.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please call Jason Bench at 229-7238 or any member of the Planning Commission. They will be happy to meet with you.

Recreation Advisory Commission

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
Paul Crossett May 2018
Donna Brocco 04-2014 (04-2017)
Bill Hoops Sept 2018
Chelsea Jolley 12-2013 (12-2016)
Richard Clark 12-2014 (12-2017)
James McWhorter June 2019
Phil Patten 04-2014 (04-2017)
Stacy Noel 11-2013 (11-2016)
Steve Smith 10-2013 (10-2016)
David Spencer 801-229-7035 Councilmember
Karl Hirst 801-229-7152 Staff
Gena Bertelsen 801-229-7110 Clerical

THE RECREATION ADVISORY COMMISSION MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE RECREATION PROGRAMS OF THE CITY, PROMOTES RECREATION WITHIN THE CITY AND STIMULATES PUBLIC INTEREST IN RECREATION.

Meets 1st Thursday on a quarterly basis (Feb, May, Aug, Nov) – Orem Senior Friendship Center Conference Room – 4:00 P.M.

9 members (8+1) – 3 year term.
Appt. by Mayor

Senior Citizen Advisory Commission

NAME PHONE TERM APPT.
LaRae Adams 08-2013 (08-2017)
Kay Bradford 08-2013 (08-2017)
Tom Carlile Mar 2019
Margarete Hlawatschek 12-2013 (12-2017)
David Squires 08-2013 (08-2017)
Joyce Ottens 05-2015 (05-2018)
Barbara Willes  Jan 2019
Sterling Bascom May 2020
Judy C. Womack 08-2013 (08-2017)
David Spencer Councilmember
Karl Hirst (801) 229-7152 Staff
Gena Bertelsen (801) 229-7110 Clerical

THE SENIOR CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMISSION MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE SENIOR CITIZEN PROGRAM OF THE CITY, DEVELOPS AND PROMOTES SENIOR CITIZEN PROGRAMS, COORDINATES SENIOR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES WITH THE CITY, THE UTAH COUNCIL ON AGING, MOUNTAINLANDS ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS, AND OTHER AGENCIES ON THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS.

Meets first Wednesday every other month at 1:15 pm at the Orem Senior Friendship Center Conference Room

9 Members (8 + 1) – 4 year term
Appt. by Mayor

Summerfest Commission

NAME EVENT PHONE TERM APPT.
Mike Gould   (After Summerfest 2019)
Liz Craig
  • Baby Contest
 01-2013 (After Summerfest 2015)
Kena Mathews
  • Student Marshals
  • Tour de Habitat
  • Children’s Crafts/Games
  • 5-K Run
 (After Summerfest 2018)
Wally Harkness
  • Appreciation Dinner
  • Children’s Parade
(After Summerfest 2016)
Jim Lauret
  • Grand Parade
12-2010 (After Summerfest 2016)
Joseph Sorenson
  • Entertainment
(After Summerfest 2017)
Teresa Horn
  • Boutique
(After Summerfest 2016)
 Rob Shaw
  •  Car Show
  • Kids Parade
 (After Summerfest 2016)
Kathy Pranger
  •  Food
 (After Summerfest 2017)
Brent Sumner City Council Representative
Chris Tschirki 801-229-7506 Public Works Director
Jill Winder 801-229-7506 Administration/Clerical
Kent Allen 801-229-7131 Purchasing
Laura Bascom 801-229-7560 Volunteers
Jim Orr 801-229-7532 City Park Liaison
Charlene Crozier 801-229-7115 Library Director/Arts Council Liaison
Pete Wolfley 801-229-7506 Web/Social Media

The Summerfest Committee’s purpose is to develop annual Summerfest activities to promote the community spirit of Orem and to enlist the cooperation and participation of various volunteers in association with the annual Summerfest Activities.

The Summerfest Committee meets on the third Wednesday each month at 5:15 pm

Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC)

As the City of Orem and surrounding communitites continue to grow and develop, the City Council recognizes that transportation issues for the City will become increasingly important and complex. The City Council, desiring more citizen involvement with our transportation issues, established the Transportation Advisory Commission.

The Commission, established by Ordinance O-07-0002 in January 2007, consists of seven (7) members. Commission members are appointed by the Mayor (without respect to political affilitaion) with the advice and consent of the City Council. Members must be residents of the City of Orem. Replacement Commission Members will serve four (4) year terms. No Commission member may serve more than one consecutive term.

Members (Term Expiration)

  • Garr Judd (2020)
  • Leslie Nielsen (2017)
  • Keith White (2020)
  • Karl Gadd (2018)
  • Rebecca Pipkin (2019)
  • Griffin Harris (2019)
  • Scott Henriksen (2019)
  • City Council Member, Liaison Debbie Lauret (801) 229-7035

City Staff Participating Members

 

Meetings are open to the public and typically held the first Tuesday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Room 210 (Engineering Conference Room) of the City Center located at 56 North State Street. Variations to the meeting date and time occur from time to time due to Holidays, Election Day, and if other meetings are planned that City Staff would encourage Commission members to attend instead for that month’s regular meeting.

We hope you’ll come join us! See our TAC Agenda