Come to Mapleton City Park on Saturday, October 9 for a beautiful Fall afternoon in the park and fun for the whole family!
- Register for our annual Scarecrow Contest here, and build a scarecrow to be on display in the park. Individuals, families, businesses, and youth can participate in five categories: traditional, scary, original, business, and minor league (age 15 and under). The public can come vote for their favorite scarecrow from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Full rules can be found here: 2021 Scarecrow Spectacular Contest Rules
- Register for our first ever Harvest Bake Off & Silent Auction here, and make a favorite Fall treat to auction off to benefit the Food and Care Coalition in Provo. There are two Bake Off categories: sweet and savory. Silent auction bidding and Bake Off judging will take place from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Full rules can be found here: 2021 Harvest Bake Off Rules
- Participate in our Community Pumpkin Night. Mapleton residents get to pick two free pumpkins courtesy of Mapleton Cemetery and Jaker’s. A selection of pumpkins will be available at the Mapleton City Park from 3:00-5:00pm, or residents can visit the pumpkin fields (620 West Maple Street, located behind the Mapleton Cemetery) from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Additional pumpkins can be purchased for $5 each.
- Check out our Giant Pumpkin Contest. Residents have been working hard this season to grow some ginormous pumpkins. Participants in the Giant Pumpkin Contest will check in from 2:00pm-3:00pm and display their pumpkins from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
- Play carnival games, get your face painted by the Mapleton Youth City Council, win awesome prizes by entering the contests, enjoy food trucks, and more!
The scarecrows will be on display in Mapleton City Park through Saturday, October 23.
Most of Mapleton’s irrigation water, especially late season water, comes from Strawberry Reservoir and is delivered through the Mapleton Lateral Canal Pipeline. Due to continued drought conditions and maintenance schedules, water from Strawberry Reservoir will not be delivered through the pipeline after September 30, 2021. As such, the Mapleton City pressurized irrigation system will be decommissioned for the season on October 1, 2021.
We anticipate turning the system back on in March 2022. An exact date will be determined when 2022 water forecasts are better understood. We appreciate our community’s efforts this year to conserve our most precious natural resource. For more information, please contact the Public Works department.
Mapleton City is sponsoring a monthly photo contest to capture why our city is a great place to live. If you enjoy photography, get your cameras out and show us the beauty of the place we call home. Show us why you love Mapleton!
Photo Credit for Featured Image: Rich Lewis
2021 Monthly Themes
September: “Home, Heritage, Happiness”
October: Maple Leaves
2022 Monthly Themes
February: Love is in the Air
March: Golden Hour
April: Photography Tip (share a tip in the photo description)
June: Blossoms, Flowers, and Gardens
September: Black and White
November: Favorite thing about Mapleton
How to Participate
- Download and complete the Monthly Photo Contest Agreement.
- If your photo submission features any identifiable individual(s), download and have them complete the Photo Contest Subject Release Form.
- Email the following to [email protected] by the 5th of the month you are participating in:
- Signed Photo Contest Agreement
- Completed Subject Waiver(s) (if applicable)
- Photo submission (a .jpg file at least 8mb in size)
- A short description of the photo, the location, and the date taken
The following guidelines apply to all photo contest participants and their submissions:
- Only current Mapleton residents may submit their photographs for consideration.
- Participants may be of any age and skill level.
- Photos can be taken on any kind of device.
- Each submission must be accompanied by a fully completed Mapleton Monthly Photo Contest Agreement and Subject Release Form (if applicable).
- If the participant is younger than 18 years old, their parent or legal guardian must sign the Agreement on behalf of the participant.
- The participant must be the actual photographer of any image submitted.
- All photographs must be taken within Mapleton City’s geographical boundaries of something that is located within the same geographical boundaries.
- Participants may submit up to three (3) photo submissions each month.
- Photo submissions must be received by the 5th of each month.
- Monthly winners will not be eligible to win again for three months (i.e., someone who wins the March photo contest is not eligible to win again until July).
- All images entered may be used by Mapleton City for its own purposes including (but not limited to) marketing campaigns, social media content, websites, and official documents and publications.
- Any photos considered vulgar, gruesome, or otherwise inappropriate will not be considered.
- All submissions must be formatted as a .jpg file that is at least 8mb (3264px X 2448px) in size.
Contest winners will be determined through a public voting process:
- Each month on the 6th (or the next business day if the 6th falls on a weekend or holiday), Mapleton City will post the submissions on the City’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
- The public (Mapleton residents and nonresidents) has until 5:00pm on the 15th of that month (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday) to vote for their favorite image by liking the picture.
- The number of Facebook likes and Instagram likes will be added together to determine each submission’s total votes.
- The three photo submissions that receive the most total votes by 5:00pm on the 15th (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday) will be named as the Monthly Photo Contest winners.
- Winners will be announced by the 20th of each month.
- All judging decisions rendered by the number of likes shall be final.
Winners and Prizes
Winning images will be displayed on the City’s website, social media channels, and/or monthly newsletter.
Prizes are provided by Mapleton City, Fiiz, Quick Quack Car Wash, and Subway. Photo contest winners will have 30 days from the announcement to pick up their prizes from the City Office. Any prize not claimed after 30 days will be forfeited.
By submitting your photo(s) to Mapleton City, you certify that you are the photographer and rightful owner of said image and release all claims to individual copyright. You understand that ownership and copyright of ALL ENTRIES once submitted belong to Mapleton City. By entering this photo contest, you warrant that you have not granted rights to all or any part of your entry to another person or entity. You also warrant that your entry does not invade the right of privacy of an individual; does not infringe on any trademark, trade name, intellectual property right, or other common law or statutory right. Mapleton City reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and/or to cancel or suspend the photo contest at their sole discretion.
Mapleton Final Broadband Feasibility Survey
Fiber Internet FAQ’s
We have worked diligently this year to identify how to provide higher internet speeds, better rates, & improved internet support services and coverage to our residents. We have discussed internet service needs with our residents, met with internet service providers, and learned from other cities the positive and negative broadband experiences. We formed an ad hoc citizen committee and conducted a feasibility study to evaluate strategies to improve equitable internet access and speed for all of Mapleton.
As we have continued our exploration of the viability of a fiber network in Mapleton, we have identified variances that may significantly decrease the total cost from what was presented in the feasibility study. We are confident the service subscription from residents will be higher than projected and the total build-out cost will be lower than the conservative estimates in the preliminary study. We are also pleased to be able to offer fiber internet service as a subscription-based service (those who do not subscribe will not pay fees toward the service).
What is the next step?
Our next step is to hire a Fiber Internet Director to address the following:
- Complete a Strategic Financial Evaluation & Construction Cost Estimate (based on the findings from the Uptown Services Feasibility Study)
- Enumerate Capital Expenditures
- Outline Staffing Requirements
- Create a Bond Expenditure List and Secure Funding Options
- Create a detailed 5-year budget
- Develop a Frequently Asked Questions Webpage
- Provide a comprehensive strategy and presentation to the City Council
Our commitment to transparency throughout this process is unwavering. We invite you to submit comments and questions to the City Administrator, Cory Branch via email: [email protected] or phone: 801-806-9104.
Q. Why is Mapleton considering a fiber network system?
A. Many of our residents are without access to affordable high-speed internet and report poor customer service with their current providers. The demand for high speed internet has increased this year with more people working and learning from home. The lack of quality internet is affecting our businesses, our education, and our families.
Q. What is the Mapleton City Community Network?
A. The Mapleton City Community Network (MCCN) will be built, owned, and operated by Mapleton City. Building upon the success of similarly modeled municipally owned networks, the MCCN will deliver quality, high speed internet and in-house support that will be an asset for the City. Additionally, a municipally owned network will incentivize competition to improve their own systems for those citizens who opt to stay with their existing providers.
Q. How will Mapleton City Community Network be paid for?
A. Based upon the completed feasibility study and the current levels of dissatisfaction, we anticipate high adoption rates that will result in a sustainable Network. Revenues are predicted to exceed expenditures and debt payments, allowing for continued system upgrades and improvements. A Franchise and Sales Tax and Telecommunications Fee Revenue Bond will pay for the construction of the Network. The Bond will be repaid by subscription fees by those who use the fiber network. Households who do not opt into the service will not be charged the subscription fee.
Q. What if not enough residents subscribe to the Network?
A. The bond legal pledge includes franchise and sales taxes, which makes it possible to obtain such a low rate on the bonds. It also means that in a worst-case scenario where, for instance, the system was built, but never operated, the bonds would still be paid from those revenues. Because the bond payment is contingent upon user subscriptions, there is a risk based upon how many households subscribe. Our data indicates the risk of inadequate subscription is minimal, particularly considering that lack of high-speed internet available in our community.
Q. How does this benefit Me?
A. The Mapleton City Community Network will become one of the most important assets of our City, enhancing our quality of life for decades to come. As new technology becomes available, the fiber network will provide the most technically advanced data network possible, the best internet speeds, value, and premier customer service. As OUR community network, we will work together to elevate the essential utilities and amenities for our residents.
Q. Will I be required to pay even if I don’t use Mapleton fiber?
A. Residents will not be required to subscribe to the Network. Those who do not subscribe will not be charged a monthly fee.
Q. Are other Utah County cities running their own fiber network?
A. Spanish Fork City implemented this same product in 2000. The success of their system was immediate. They have been able to pay its bills/debt payments leaving excess revenues to continue to stay up with the technology and provide the best system upgrades and improvements. Recently other Cities in Utah County have issued or are in the process of issuing a Franchise and Sales Tax and Telecommunications Fee Revenue Bond as they build out their own fiber network system.
Q. How soon can I get Mapleton Fiber Internet at my home?
A.. While our timeline is currently hypothetical, our goals include the following milestones:
December 2020 – Approve the hiring of a Fiber Internet Director
January – March 2021
• Identify Franchise agreements with utility contractors (Rocky Mountain Power, etc.)
• Identify architecture/suppliers
• Get city designed out
• Secure a Bond
• Identify city properties and determine where main Hub will be located
• Begin design of main hub
• Determine logistics of getting feed from suppliers for internet service
• Work on cable and equipment order and plan out phases of construction.
April – May 2021
• Finalize design
• Order materials
• Identify organization
July 2021 – We anticipate starting construction in July. The project will be completed in phases and all phases will be completed by approximately July of 2023.
The Springville/Mapleton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Meet the Candidates Night” at the Mapleton City Hall on Wednesday, October 6TH from 6:30PM-8PM. Come meet the candidates:
Mayoral Candidates: Dallas Hakes
City Council Candidates: Kasey Beck, AJ Rounds, E. Reid Carlson, Jim Lundberg
The meeting will include a meet-and-greet starting at 6:30PM for you to talk with the candidates individually, and formal questions to the candidates will begin at 7PM. During the month of September, a box will be located at Mapleton City Hall for you to place questions you would like discussed at that meeting. You can also email your questions to [email protected].
The 2021 General Municipal Election will be conducted using Vote by Mail. Each registered voter will be mailed their ballot and return instructions on Tuesday, October 12TH. Ballots must be returned by Tuesday, November 2ND. Mapleton City now has a Ballot Drop Box located right next to the Utility Drop Box. Ballots must be dropped in this location by 8PM on November 2, 2021. We encourage you to drop them off in this location to reduce costs. You may also return them by mail, and they must be clearly postmarked no later than Monday, November 1, 2021. Please contact Camille Brown, our City Recorder, at 801.806.9106 or [email protected] with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions: Citizens often ask how they can be more informed about development proposals and other projects that come before the Planning Commission and City Council. The Planning Commission meetings are typically held the 2ND and 4TH Thursdays of every month at 6PM, and the City Council meetings are typically held the 1ST and 3RD Wednesdays of each month at 6PM. All meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas are posted on the City’s website at https://www.mapleton.org/meetings/, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mapletoncity, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mapletoncity/, and in the foyer of City Hall. You can also view the meetings via YouTube at Mapleton City Meetings. There will be no public comment via YouTube viewing. The meeting link is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx8-QGmCOXWQOsZq8pGYrsg
Mayor Dallas Hakes
Below is a link to watch the Mayor’s State of the City address that took place on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS