The Kanab City Council considered amending Ordinance 9-12-13-O to allow for conservation easements/parcels under this subdivision ordinance. The issue came after the Kane County Water Conservancy District (KCWCD) requested two small parcels of land, bordering the Jackson Flat reservoir, be set aside in a conservation easement to provide permanent burial grounds for Native American remains unearthed during the excavation of the reservoir.

Before the council voted, the issue was open to a public hearing. Kent Burggraff opined that there should be definitions of conservation easements and parcels allowing exemptions from the ordinance for open space easements. He sits on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and said they had acknowledged a need to waive the requirements for normal subdivision regulations to facilitate this change, but stressed that it should be decided if this was for some or all of the ordinances involved.

Robert Senecal, a candidate for city council, asked why the city would have to accept such a request when it has the power of eminent domain and should be able to deny it if they choose to do so.

I, as a commenter and in response to what I perceived was his take on relocating the remains of what the Hopi and Southern Paiute tribes consider their ancestors, asked him if the remains of his relatives were displaced, if he would not want them re-interred at a respectful site.

Kane County Commissioner Dirk Clayson gave a clear and persuasive explanation of the laws and agreements governments have with Native American tribes regarding the removal and replacement of disturbed remains. “It’s appropriate respect for those tribes having ancestral affiliations with those that inhabited this area long before us,” said Clayson.

The provisions in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act apply to all entities receiving federal monies for their projects, including those on private or state land.

Under Utah state law, dividing a land parcel (KCWCD parcel K-13-7) made it a subdivision, subject to subdivision ordinances and all their encumbrances. With passing the revision of the ordinance to provide for conservation easements, which cannot be created by the state in subdivisions under Utah State Code section 57-18-2, the council provided a way in which these remains can be restored to the earth.

Kelly Stowell, executive director of CEBA, reminded the attendants that the Grand2Grand Ultra Marathon race is starting September 22, the Business of Writing conference is October 25-26 and the Business of Art is November 8-9. He is putting together a resource library for potential movie sites in the county and said that an ATV company had recently completed their ad campaign at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

There was a request before the council to divide two adjacent lots in the Ranchos subdivision (Lots 442 and 443 in the 700 block of W. Vance), that had previously been combined into one lot. The family members inheriting the properties asked that Lot 442, with the house on it, be separated from the vacant 443 lot, as it was originally recorded. The council had no problem with this after hearing no adverse comments in the public meeting.

The council debated the issue of heavy versus light home businesses in residential zones, with the goal of those defined as light home occupations avoiding the restrictions placed on them by requiring Conditional Use permits.

What determines what status a home business falls into is well defined in Chapters 10-2 and 10-7 of the Land Use Ordinances. If there is a question, Zoning Administrator/Land Use Coordinator Gary McBride will decide what permits are needed.

Dirk Clayson commented that most home businesses will be affected by deed restrictions and fall under permitted use, not conditional use requirements.

The council had to redefine what businesses were allowed in the C1 commercial zone. A convenience store alone is allowed in C1, but not one with a gas station.

Council members’ reports included Kirt Carpenter’s Recreation and Transportation report on the city’s efforts to get the Bureau of Land Management to turn over title to the Kaneplex property, so other uses, besides the rodeo and skeet shooting, can be undertaken. Those might include a motocross track and remote control model airplane flying. The K Trail along the Vermilion Cliffs is now completed.

Joe B. Wright said the library book sale at Western Legends was the best one so far. Jenny Chapman was hired as the new assistant librarian.

Brent Chamberlain reported a $2500 Mormon Heritage Grant was received by the Heritage Board for the digitalization of Harold Mace’s archival photographs.

The National and Utah Tennis Associations have grants available to recondition the city’s tennis courts for use in pickleball and tennis.

Western Legends Round-up was deemed more successful than it has been in the last couple of years, although financial records are not yet available.

Jim Sorenson’s absentee report noted Kanab City’s website now has a calendar people can access online to schedule times to reserve city meeting sites, like the library multi-use room and city parks. Applications on-line will be pending until approved and paid for at the city office.

.. The provisions in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act apply to all entities receiving federal monies for their projects, including those on private or state land.

Under Utah state law, dividing a land parcel (KCWCD parcel K-13-7) made it a subdivision, subject to subdivision ordinances and all their encumbrances. With passing the revision of the ordinance to provide for conservation easements, which cannot be created by the state in subdivisions under Utah State Code section 57-18-2, the council provided a way in which these remains can be restored to the earth.

Kelly Stowell of CEBA reminded the attendants that the Grand to Grand race is starting Sept. 22, the Business of Writing conference is Oct. 25-26 and the Business of Art is Nov. 8-9. He is putting together a resource library for potential movie sites in the county and said that an ATV company had recently completed their ad campaign at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes state park.

There was a request before the council to divide two adjacent lots in the Ranchos subdivision (Lots 442 and 443 in the 700 block of W. Vance), that had previously been combined into one lot. The family members inheriting the properties asked that Lot 442, with the house on it, be separated from the vacant 443 lot, as it was originally recorded. The council had no problem with this after hearing no adverse comments in the public meeting.

The council debated the issue of heavy versus light home businesses in residential zones, with the goal of those defined as light home occupations avoiding the restrictions placed on them by requiring Conditional Use permits.

What determines what status a home business falls into is well defined in Chapters 10-2 and 10-7 of the Land Use Ordinances. If there is a question, Zoning Administrator/Land Use Coordinator Gary McBride will decide what permits are needed.

Dirk Clayson commented that most home businesses will be affected by deed restrictions and fall under permitted use, not conditional use requirements.

The council had to redefine what businesses were allowed in the C1 commercial zone. A convenience store alone is allowed in C1, but not one with a gas station.

Council members’ reports included Kirt Carpenter’s, Recreation and Transportation report on the city’s efforts to get the Bureau of Land Management to turn over title to the Kaneplex property, so other uses, besides the rodeo and skeet shooting, can be undertaken. Those might include a motocross track and remote control model airplane flying. The K trail along the Vermilion Cliffs is now completed.

Joe B. Wright said the library book sale at Western Legends was the best one so far. Jenny Chapman was hired as the new assistant librarian.

Brent Chamberlain reported a $2500 Mormon Heritage Grant was received by the Heritage Board for the digitalization of Harold Mace’s archival photographs.

The National and Utah Tennis Associations have grants available to recondition the city’s tennis courts for use in pickle ball and tennis. Western Legends Round-up was deemed more successful than it has been in the last couple of years, although financial records are not yet available.

Jim Sorenson’s absentee report noted Kanab’s city website now has a calendar people can access on-line to schedule times to reserve city meeting sites- like the library multi-use room and city parks. Applications on-line will be pending until approved and paid for at the city office.