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Kanab City Council looks at mountain bike trail, airport building over-budget
At the November 10 Kanab City Council meeting, Councilmember Brent Chamberlain introduced Joey Kline, a member of the International Mountain Bike Association, and builder of mountain bike trails in 42 states and 15 countries over the past 15 years. Chamberlain and Kanab’s Parks and Recreation Board are hoping the city will approve funds to begin initial construction of what is hoped to be an extensive mountain bike trail system beginning just north of the Jacob Hamblin Park and eventually extending into the red rock bluffs northwest of the city’s property with BLM approval.
Kline is currently finishing a trail project in Cedar City and will be available for a Kanab project before starting his next job the first of the new year. “It’s imperative that we act on this proposal soon before he moves his equipment out of the area,” said Chamberlain.
The first segment of the trail would be what is called a “flow trail,” which would be a shaped and sloped trail that is safer for younger and older riders. It would be entirely on city owned vacant land between the berm above the baseball diamonds and the start of the Squaw Trail. It would have some variability for more skilled riders. Kline felt that with his specialized equipment, he could get the work done, maybe with some volunteer help, before he needs to get to his next commitment. He estimates the cost to be $5-12/foot depending on the terrain. Chamberlain felt the county would be able to contribute funding and other sources, such as the Mormon Heritage Trails, could be solicited.
Mayor Robert Houston and the other council members were in favor of initiating action to secure the first phase of what is eventually anticipated to be an exceptional mountain bike trail system for Kanab.
It’s back to the drawing board for the plans for the new airport terminal in Kanab. All six bids for the terminal came in $200,000 over what was budgeted. Mesa Design will look over the plans, at no additional cost to the city, to see where cost-cutting measures can be found.
Scrutiny of bids for public works and general building improvements by the city will follow this protocol according to projected costs: Less than $1000 - no bid requirement; $1K-10K - three verbal bids; $10K-40K - three written bids; a building project over $40K or public works project over $80K would also require review by a second engineering firm.
In regard to a “constitutional taking” of private land by the city, where the city deems it necessary to obtain a property for the betterment of the city, a private landowner now has 30 days to appeal that confiscation. A decision by an appeal board is required within 14 days. A landowner can also go directly to a court to appeal.
Because of the proximity to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no city council meeting on November 24. The next council meeting will be on December 15.