By Jeff Frey

What’s a nuisance and what isn’t? That is the question the Kanab City Council debated in trying to come up with enforceable changes to the Nuisance Ordinance on Tuesday, July 23. 

City Manager Duane Huffman pointed out several areas in the convoluted ordinance proposal that were discussed, and many eliminated or modified. No specifics yet until the next meeting, where enforcement measures will be debated.

The council was divided over what constitutes a nuisance – as in one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Councilman Kirt Carpenter noted the city has allowed debris, trashed lots, unattractive nuisances and unsightly properties to go unaddressed for years. He pointed out that it negatively affects neighbors and the city as a whole. 

“If we’re going to do something about this matter, we have to face up to it and act accordingly,” said Carpenter.

Kanab Public Works Director Keith Robinson advised the council that sewer drains in the older parts of town are clogged with tree roots that need to be removed to keep the system intact.

A contract with a New Mexico firm to clean out 10,000 feet of drains each year, over about a week’s time, for the next three years was proposed and the council voted to accept the agreement and get the process started under Resolution 7-1-13R.

Sheldon Honey, manager of Honey’s Marketplace, asked the council if they would agree to closing off 250 East, just west of Honey’s parking lot, for four consecutive Saturdays starting in September for a community yard sale.

It would close at 300 South (Hwy 89) to about halfway down the block from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., to allow residents of the area to set up tables to sell their personal items. It would not be open to vendors or any commercial marketers. 

Of the two potentially affected resident’s along that block, one has agreed to the proposal and the other has not been able to be contacted yet, but attempts to do so will continue.

Liability insurance coverage was discussed and Honey will contact his insurer to ascertain coverage. 

The council agreed to close this lightly-used street for this purpose, with the assurance that Honey would address the notification and liability concerns of the council.

Storm drainage on 300 South still remains a problem, even after the resurfacing of Hwy 89’s east end. It is apparent that water now drains along the south side of the highway rather than the north after downpours, because there is no real crest to the road to keep it on the north side and into the drains that take it to Kanab Creek. 

The local UDOT has been advised of the problem and it will be taken higher up to state officials.