Mayor Robert Houston outlined the process that will take place in the first two weeks of January to fill the vacancy on the Kanab City Council left by the departure of Kent Burggraaf.

People interested in applying need to submit a letter of interest, including what qualifications they feel they possess that would benefit Kanab as a council member, and a brief resume to the mayor’s office by Monday, January 4.

On January 5, current council members will be given each applicant’s information to review over the next week before the next regularly scheduled Kanab City Council meeting on January 12.

At that meeting each applicant will undergo a five minute question and answer session by the council, which may discuss a candidate’s merits afterwards.

After all candidates are heard, council members will conduct an open vote for the two candidates each of them favor.  The two candidates with the most votes will then be voted on again to determine which one will fill the vacancy on the council.

Since there will be only four council members voting, any tie will be decided by the mayor’s vote.

Also at that meeting, departing council members Cheryl Brown and Kirt Carpenter will be honored for their service to the city and new members Jeff Yates and Michael East will be sworn in.

Building permits climbed dramatically in 2015, with 74 permits being issued.  There was $12 million in new construction this year, with $7 million being new commercial building – primarily the two new motels.

The 1% city sales tax saw a 7.5% increase in revenue, while the resort tax, which is really a tax on everything, saw an 11.38% increase.  The transient room tax, of which the city gets one half of the 1% collected, increased by 13%.

The Tom’s Canyon flood control project is nearing completion with the two remaining box culverts ready to be installed as weather conditions permit.

The previously reported mountain bike trail proposed for city-owned property north of Jacob Hamblin Park is on hold for perhaps the next year, according to Council member Brent Chamberlain.  Kane County wants to see plans in place for the entire project, which would include Environmental Assessments and approval by the BLM for the upper trails on federally managed land, before any county funds are allotted.