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Kanab City Council puts off decision on impact fee moratorium
Although not on the Kanab City Council agenda for August 11, Mayor Kim Lawson announced a second stoplight is all but assured to be installed at the junction of Center and Main streets by the end of November.
The mayor stated, "Before I leave office, I want to see that stoplight in place. I''ve worked the past four years toward that goal."
Lawson said in recent conversations with state engineers he was told there wasn''t enough traffic volume on Main St. to warrant a light, but because the intersection is near the elementary school it warrants strong consideration for safety reasons. "Even with a traffic light in place, I don''t anticipate that the need for a crossing guard will be alleviated," said the mayor.
In order to satisfy a stipulation by state traffic engineers for a left turn lane from Center (Hwy 89) onto Main from both directions, parking on the north side of Center St. for approximately one block east and west of the intersection will be forfeited to provide another lane for turns, yet preserve two-lane traffic east and west.
Reportedly only one business owner (on the south side of Center St.) has voiced an objection to the loss of parking on the north side. This intersection has long been a dangerous one to negotiate, especially by foot traffic. "Drivers should stop when there are pedestrians in the walk lanes trying to cross the street," said Councilman Jim Sorenson, "some of them do, but many of them don''t." No one argued with that statement.
The six-month moratorium on Kanab city impact fees came up for discussion briefly and a decision whether or not to continue the moratorium in some form, rescind it, or modify it will be undertaken at the next KCC meeting on Aug. 25, which will be open for comments from the public. The KCC meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the city offices on the corner of Main and 100 North at 7 p.m.
Mayor Lawson and the councilmember’s present; Jim Sorenson, Terril Honey and Steve Mower, felt there was more urgency to address the issue of water meter permits being obtained now, while the impact fees are rescinded, but not for any immediate use by the lot owner. "This costs the city now and in the future with the installation of water meters," voiced City Manager Keith McAllister.
The council voted to place an immediate moratorium on the issuance of water permits until they determine the status and structure of the impact fees at their next meeting.
The Rewind Diner in downtown Kanab, represented by Chef Shon Foster, requested the council''s blessing to pursue obtaining a Class D beer and wine license from the state for the restaurant. The council voted to recommend to the state the application be accepted, although it is faced with a potential obstacle. The door of the Rewind is within 600 feet of the entry sidewalk of the downtown LDS church, although it is outside of the absolute requirement of being 200 feet from the church''s property. If church officials do not voice an objection, based on the 600-foot distance, then the permit should proceed without difficulty.
The council voted to utilize the city''s liability insurance to cover participants in the Kanab Women''s Forum held annually here.
The Public Works Dept. had three stalwarts up for merit pay increases- Director Keith Robinson, Assistant Director Jim Aziz and Maintenance Technician II Travis Clark. All were praised for their hard work and years of dedicated service to the city of Kanab and were awarded performance increases.