Mero's Agenda

Mero the Mammoth (Orem’s first resident) has taken a closer look at the City Council meeting agenda and has offered to fill you in on what’s happening.

The official published agendas can be found here:

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September 13, 2022


  • Presentation – Concept of new City Hall
    • An update on the design for Orem’s new city hall building.
  • Discussion – Orem/Provo Dispatch Services
    • Update and discussion on combining the Orem and Provo Dispatch Services into one dispatch center located in Provo. Formal documents are anticipated to come to the September 27 Council meeting for approval.
  • Discussion – Review the proposed amendments to Chapter 4 (Housing) of the Orem General Plan
    • The Utah State Legislature recently added new requirements for cities to include their moderate income housing plans as well as implementation elements as part of their General Plan. Development Services will ask for direction from the Council on which implementation strategies to incorporate.


Consent Items
Items that are routine and don’t require additional discussion are placed on the consent agenda. Councilmembers will vote on these items together, instead of separately.

Scheduled Items

  • Appointments to the Natural Resource Stewardship Committee
    • Paul Dunn, reappointment
  • Appointment to the Board of Building and Fire Code Appeals
    • Bryant Christensen, Stephen Frisby, Michael Sroufe, and James Williams – reappointments
  • City Manager’s appointment
    • Mr. Davidson asks for the Council’s advice and consent on the appointment of Steve Earl as City Attorney. 
  • Public Hearing/Ordinance – Amending portions of Section 22-5-3(A) and the zoning map of the City of Orem by rezoning the property located at approximately 258 N 800 E from the R8 zone to the R6.5 zone.
    • McKay Matthews owns approximately 0.77 acres of land and is requesting a zone change for 0.36 acres on the west side of the property fronting 800 East in order to fit two lots along 800 E. The existing home and garage would remain on lot 1. Both lots would share the existing driveway for access. Planning Commission recommended approval.
  • Public Hearing/Ordinance – Amending portions of Sections 22-14-8(A)(1) and 22-14-9(A)(2) (Moving a House, Building or other Structure) pertaining to inspection fees and personnel who approve site and building plans.
    • This is to address a discrepancy found between City Code and the annual budget. The fees for all building permits are reviewed and changed each year. The proposed ordinance will eliminate the discrepancy. Planning Commission recommended approval3

Here are the parts of the agenda that generally stay the same:

  • Work session – a less formal venue for presentations, updates, and policy discussions among Council Members 
  • Informal break to eat dinner
  • Agenda review and preview of upcoming agenda items – The Mayor leads the City Council through a review of the items on that evening’s agenda.
  • City Council Reports – This is an opportunity for members of the City Council to share information from boards and commissions and raise any issues of concern. The report is assigned to a different Councilmember at each meeting.
  • Personal Appearances – Also known as “Public Comment,” this is the time set aside for the public to express their ideas, concerns, and comments on items not scheduled as public hearings on the current agenda. Comments should focus on issues concerning the city. Those wishing to speak will need to have signed in prior to the beginning of the meeting. Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes. When there are a large number of people wishing to speak, additional guidelines may apply.
  • Consent Items – Items that are routine and don’t require additional discussion are placed on the consent agenda. Councilmembers will vote on these items together, instead of separately.
  • Scheduled Items – Items the Council may wish to discuss, are open for public comment, or include a presentation.
  • Communication Items – These are items received by the Mayor, Councilmembers, or City Manager which are intended for the entire Council. Action or discussion is optional.
  • City Manager Information Items This is an opportunity for the City Manager to provide information to the City Council. No action is required.

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