Kanab’s 2012 Artist of the Year is Bob Kaczowka, whose creative architectural designs of residential and business structures are found from Kanab to Long Valley. A plaque recognizing Kaczowka’s conceptual artistry was presented to him by Mayor Nina Laycook.

Paula Zutes, owner of Kanab’s Crescent Moon Theater, was also the recipient of a plaque recognizing her Contributions to the Arts by providing a comfortable venue for performing artists, stage productions and the DOCUTAH Film Festival, among other presentations.

The council approved the mayor’s appointment of Joan Thatcher to the Kanab City Beautification Committee. There remains one vacancy on the committee. Anyone interested, should contact Councilwoman Cheryl Brown.

Christina Schultz, of Dixie State College in St. George, recognized the city and citizens of Kanab for helping make the greater southern Utah event DOCUTAH so successful in 2012 by giving Mayor Laycook an artistic photograph of the events that took place last year.

Schultz stated they had 346 submissions from 27 countries, with 108 films chosen for screening during the five-day event in St. George, Hurricane, Springdale and Kanab. Over 5,000 people viewed these films, a 55% increase from the previous year.

More than 200 volunteers initially screened the submissions and an announcement asking for volunteers for the 2013 screenings will be coming soon, according to Schultz.

In a response to a question by Mayor Laycook regarding the pending designation of Dixie State College as a university, anticipated to be signed into effect toward the end of this month, Schultz said the biggest problem is renaming the school. “There are equally vociferous factions on both sides of the debate as to whether or not ‘Dixie’ should remain in the name,” Schultz said.

Resolution 1-1-13R setting license, permit and service fees for dogs housed in Kanab was passed unanimously by the city council. Yearly charges for spayed/neutered dogs are $15, and those intact $25, with a late fee of $10 if not paid in January.

With Kanab now permitting a household to have up to four dogs, an additional dog fee of $40 is in effect for more than two dogs. The kennel fee is $170.

Dogs picked up by the Animal Control Officer incur a $35 pick-up fee and a daily impound fee of $20. If an injured dog has to be euthanized after being picked up, the owner will be charged $40.