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NON-PROVOANS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE TO SERVE ON FREEDOM FESTIVAL’S ADVISORY BOARD

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Membership on the advisory board that oversees the Freedom Festival is now officially open to non-residents of Provo.

The festival is more than just a city celebration, city officials say, and changes in the ordinance approved by the City Council reflect that broader view. However, an amendment to the ordinance, proposed by Councilwoman Anagene Meecham Cottrell and accepted by the council, requires that a majority of the nine-member board be residents of Provo.Mayor Joe Jenkins said the revised ordinance reflects the view that Provo ought to invite participation by friends of the city - former residents, business owners who may not live in Provo and business associates, for example - in the annual Fourth of July celebration.

The ordinance approved Tuesday allows the mayor to appoint eight members of the board; the appointments must be approved by the City Council. The ninth member is to be the city budget officer. Members may serve up to two five-year terms and are to receive no compensation other than reimbursement for expenses for their service.

Jenkins said he will reappoint the board's current members: David McDougal; John Aldrich, board president; Carl Bacon, first vice president; Loralee Pearson; Larry Bluth; Greg Soter; Paul Warner; and budget officer Keith Haslam. Jenkins will recommend to the council that Paul Richards, director of public communications at Brigham Young University, fill the vacant seat on the board.

Duties include the general organization and operation of the festival; establishment of reasonable rules for conducting its meetings and business; preparation of a proposed budget to be submitted to the mayor and council for approval before each celebration; and preparation of a final report on each celebration.

Councilman Ron Last said it would be up to the board to appoint and determine length of service of event chairmen.

The ordinance provides for a president and first vice president, both of whom are to be chosen from the membership of the board by the mayor. The president and first vice president may serve an unlimited number of one-year terms.

The ordinance also calls for an executive director appointed by the mayor. The executive director is to act as general business manager of the festival and may receive, spend and account for festival money as directed by the financial officer. The executive director also is authorized to enter into binding contracts in relation to the festival on behalf of the city.