Enriching residents' lives could put Orem in the poorhouse.
A 40-member citizens committee came up with nearly a hundred suggestions on how to unite the community and improve its quality of life.A few ideas could be implemented at no cost; others could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"Some suggestions would require manpower, some would just take time, and some would require the allocation of resources," Doyle Buckwalter, committee chairman, said Tuesday to the City Council.
The group suggests Orem make improvements in five areas - economic vitality, quality environment, educational support, life enrichment and citizen involvement.
Economic vitality could be enhanced by committing 25 percent of sales tax from new retail businesses to future development, Buckwalter said. His group also suggested putting more money into a marketing plan to draw more business to the city and spending $100,000 for each of the next five years to improve the visual image of certain retail areas.
Buckwalter suggested doubling the city's revolving loan fund to $3 million and participating in a quarterly discussion of opportunities for economic growth.
Educational support could be increased by working with the Alpine School District to increase the number of books in school libraries. His group also suggested including a Utah Valley Community College news insert with utility bills.
For life enrichment, Buckwalter's group suggested more development of city parks, a re-evaluation of programs at the Orem Fitness Center, the establishment of a "Welcome to Orem" committee and special awards for community and church groups that work to build the community.
The group also suggested that the city find a way to make the Fitness Center self-supporting, without raising taxes or fees, by 1991.
Buckwalter suggested the council create a human relations commission of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds to "foster cultural acceptance in the community."
He suggested many changes, saying a portion of them could be accomplished by citizen committees with city staff support.
City Council members agreed that most of the suggestions are good, but they were unsure of how much time and money it would take to implement the group's plan.
"At budget time, we will have to decide how far we want to go with this," City Manager Daryl Berlin said.
Councilman Keith Hunt said members would have to first decide which of the ideas they want to use, then figure out where financing would come from.
Buckwalter said some could begin right away and some might take a few years. He urged the council to do what it could to begin improvements suggested by the citizens group.