PROVO — Mayor John Curtis presented an ambitious 10-point list of priorities for the first 100 days of his administration Friday.
"As you can see, there is a lot we want to do in Provo," Curtis told members of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce at its monthly Friday Forum.
Curtis' 10 priorities include changing the way the city organizes its budget, allowing residents to apply online for city committees and boards, and creating a class for zoning offenders similar to the city's traffic school program for people with traffic violations.
He also said a citywide poll — a community scorecard — is in the works and will be placed on the city Web site — "good, bad and ugly" — once it is completed.
The plan received the blessing of all the members of the Provo City Council in a Tuesday work session.
Curtis called the list "imperfect" but said it represented an effort to get moving in the right direction.
"We could spend a lot of time trying to make this document perfect," he told council members, "but I'm anxious to get started. This gives us a map for the first 100 days.
"We thought it would be very good for the city and symbolic to have a document that shows (the mayor and council) are on the same page," Curtis said.
After Tuesday's meeting, Curtis said he was gratified at the level of support he received from the City Council.
"It's kind of a new muscle for them," he said, "and I think there were some good questions. They wanted to feel comfortable. But I feel it went well."
City Council Chairwoman Midge Johnson said the cooperation between mayor and council is refreshing.
"I feel like we have the dialogue, and I felt that there's a feeling of interest from both sides working together," she said. "There is certainly going to be time where there is an oversight that the council has. But where we agree, why should we get bogged down?"
Curtis also wants to add two City Council members to an independent budget advisory committee. In previous years, budgets have been presented to the City Council with no council input.
"We have to open up the process, and then you have to step in," Curtis said. "The more I involve you in the process, the more likely it is that you will support it."
Curtis said he wants to improve the city's relationship with students from both BYU and Utah Valley University who call Provo home part of the year.
"We need to be able to put together a system for them to be able to serve in our community," he said. "And we need to think outside the box on parking with new ideas that have not been tried in Provo."
Orem Mayor Jerry Washburn, speaking at Friday's event, praised the cooperation between the two cities.
"Provo is our sister city," Washburn said. "We have so much in common, and borders have been erased over the years. We have merged together on a continual basis in our objectives with each other."
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