In a multi-billion dollar deal, Novell has been acquired at roughly $6.10 per share. Attachmate is the largest privately held software company in the state of Washington. As part of the deal, Attachmate indicated an intent to split Novell’s operations between Novell products and those of their operating system, SUSE Linux.
Additionally, it appears portions of Novell’s intellectual property will be sold to Microsoft. Further information regarding the acquisition may be found here.
The agenda for the last meeting of the year still remains to be seen, but it’s likely that it will include a discussion on making some repairs to the city building to reduce our energy usage. These repairs will cut the city building energy usage so drastically, it’s anticipated that the $68,000 allocation will be recovered in less than a year as realized savings.
Additionally, Stacy Sommers will be considered as an appointment to the board of adjustment, and a sweage-franchise fee discussion will likely follow.
In case you didn’t receive one in the mail, a list of the various activities going on in Provo this winter may be viewed here.
In addition to an array of winter activities, a parkour class is now being offered in Provo!
Last year, while campaigning, there was an issue which was frequently brought up by fellow residents in Downtown Provo: our need for more bike lanes. I had the honor of chairing the Transportation committee this year and was able to work in tandem with the Provo Bike Committee to ensure that Provo began planning better for bicycle infrastructure within the city.
Reading about Orem’s recent move towards adopting a pedestrian/bike plan, I was reminded of the immense success we had this year.
We modified our City’s general plan over the summer, adding plans for a major increase in the number of trails and bike lanes within the city, as well as formalizing the new goal of achieving official recognition as a bike friendly city and doing everything necessary to do so. One of the cities excellent employees, Phil Uhl, worked tirelessly to assist in the creation of a feasible bike plan map. The council, and particularly the mayor have been wonderful to work with in working towards adding dozens of miles of new bike lanes and trails to our city.
Significant inroads have already been made towards these goals, with several miles of bike lanes having been constructed already. One of the most recent additions can be seen on 100 S between 500 West and 200 North. I had the great opportunity to ride the new bike lane last week, and would like to thank the city for following through on its commitment to the bicyclists and pedestrians of the city.
I have attached a picture of the new road, with it’s bright new bike lanes just painted as viewed from where I’m sitting in City Hall.