Re-elect Dave Sewell

Provo has momentum. We were recently ranked by Wallet Hub as the second best-run city in America. Many who grew up here or went to school here want to stay and many more want to move here. We have challenges related to growth and maintaining our quality of life. Our City Council...

Land Use Agenda Noticing

The Council Development Approval Process Review (DAPR) Committee will present a significant proposal in Tuesday’s Work Meeting to streamline and strengthen the land use agenda noticing process.  The proposal would shave two to four weeks off the time to move an item from the...

Running Again

I am announcing that I am running for a second term as one of your city wide representatives on the City Council.  I have worked hard and learned much serving you for over three years.   I hope to put those lessons to good use in serving you even more effectively in a second...

Vote By Mail

In 2016, the majority of counties in Utah held vote by mail elections – with much higher participation than before.  Provo chose not to that year for two main reasons: The county had not yet committed to vote by mail and there was a concern about having it be “on again / off...

Council Committees

The Council Rules Committee is shown here discussing a proposed change to Provo City Code 2.50.110 titled Municipal Council Committees.  Questions had arisen concerning how Council Committees utilizing citizen advisors should function and to what extent they were like city boards...

Policy Lunches in the Park

For the past year, various Council members have held a Policy Discussion Lunch on the Monday before each Council meeting – to discuss agenda items and other policy issues with residents. For the next few months, these lunches will be held in various city parks. Our hope is...

Door Knocking with the Mayor

One of the challenges of being a Council member is to keep a balanced perspective, listening to all voices on an issue rather than only to those who may be the most vocal.  While discussing that challenge with Mayor Curtis a few weeks ago, he suggested we go out and knock on some...

Independent Legal Representation for the Council

Provo is one of a handful of cities in Utah that has a Mayor-Council form of government – with a true separation of powers between the executive (Mayor) and legislative (City Council) branches.  The Council’s Governance Committee, which Gary Garrett and I serve on, has...

Ethics Committee Part 2 (Ethics Commission)

Should Provo form its own ethics commission, join a proposed interlocal Utah County ethics commission, or rely on the state ethics commission? Several years ago, Provo city was rocked by an ethics investigation of a Council member.  There wasn’t a clearly defined procedure in...

Ethics Commitee Part 1 (Conflict of Interests)

The Council has formed a Governance and Ethics Committee which Gary Garrett and I are serving on.  One of the issues being considered is a revision to Chapter 2.70 of Provo City Code titled “Conflict of Interest of Municipal Council Member” – to make city law more congruent with...