At the September 24 meeting, the Kanab City Council passed a resolution declaring the week of Saturday, October 26, through Friday, November 1, as Kanab City’s fall “Western Rubbish-Roundup Week.”

In last week’s “Mayor’s Column,” Mayor Nina Laycook noted that as a community whose economy relies heavily on tourism, we need to “put our best foot forward” to welcome the many guests who visit our community each year.

Mayor Laycook then added, “Although we have enjoyed a measure of success in our efforts to diversify our local economy, we all recognize tourism is, and will continue to be, a major contributor to the economic well-being of our area … That being the case, each of us – whether individuals, businesses, or public entities – have a stake in doing all we can to make sure that those who visit Kanab and the surrounding area have a pleasant, rewarding and memorable experience while they are here ... ”

With this thought in mind, the City Council Resolution noted that, “clean, orderly, and well-maintained business and residential properties contribute greatly to the quality of the experience had by those who visit our community.” The resolution goes on to note that the city desires to work amicably and cooperatively with property owners in addressing property maintenance issues and expresses the belief that organizing and sponsoring annual fall and spring city-wide clean-up efforts may be an effective way to assist with this important effort.

The mayor and city council encourage all Kanab residents, businesses and other organizations to join the city’s effort to make Kanab a “Shining” Western Classic by joining in the “Western Rubbish-Roundup” on Saturday, October 26.

The city is working with the Kane County Volunteer Office to provide volunteers to assist property owners and tenants who may need help to clean up their lots. Forms to sign up as volunteers and forms for property owners/tenants to request volunteer assistance can be obtained from the Kanab City Office or by e-mailing the city manager at glen.vernon@kanab.net">glen.vernon@kanab.net.

The city anticipates the main effort to clean up properties and place refuse materials in the street right-of-way will be accomplished on Saturday, October 26. City crews will then be scheduled throughout the following week, upon request, to pick up the materials placed in the right-of-way to transport to the landfill. Property owners/tenants can call the city office at 644-2534 or e-mail the city manager at glen.vernon@kanab.net to schedule city crews to pick up refuse material from Monday, October 28 through Friday, November 1.

The mayor and city council are confident that if everyone joins in this effort, we can make a noticeable difference in the appearance of our already great community.