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UDOT updates Kane County
The Kane County East Transportation Plan Agreement was presented by several members representing UDOT with county road members Bert Harris and Lou Pratt present at the November 9 Kane County Commission meeting. The plan covers Highway 89 from Kanab City limits east to Seaman’s Wash. It adresses connection points of county roads to Highway 89. An effort was made to preserve the corridor and agree on access points and decide where future streets will be. A cooperative agreement between UDOT and Kane County will allow UDOT to seek additional funding. Several public meetings have already been held.
The cooperative agreement to conduct a traffic study to be known as US/Kane County Access Management Plan was approved.
Steve Kunsler, UDOT, reported the upper entrance to Best Friends is waiting for Kane County and the BLM to resolve the Right of Way issue. UDOT has the money. Commissioner Mark Habbeshaw indicated the county is hoping to have that resolved with a Quiet Title after the first of the year.
UDOT also reported a stoplight will be installed at the south entrance to Best Friends.
The commission discussed a request by a local ATV group to help with gravel for the Peek-a-Boo Road. Habbeshaw stated he does not want to spend any Class B road money on federal lands. It is a BLM trailhead.
Commissioner Doug Heaton agreed the ATV club is a group of private individuals and “it would be a mistake for the government to step in and short circuit private enterprise.”
All agreed the county has no role or jurisdiction on federal land and it is between a civic group and the BLM.
Several personnel received grade increases as a result of training and recommendation by their department heads: Nancy Beckham, Justice Court from 10A to 11A, Alice Whitlock and Kaye Alleman from 12 to 13 for their work and training with elections and Alan Alldredge, Sheriff’s Office from 23 to 24.
Although all had been budgeted for, Heaton recommended the employee policy be re-visited regarding part-time employees. He was concerned about increases at a time of economic downturn affecting so many of our taxpayers who are dealing with wage cuts.
The commissioners approved an amendment to the Canyon Land Impress Account; a change in wording that had been checked and approved by the county attorney.
“Stipulating to item #3 infrastructure amount of $727,223 and item #4 old retainage $542,748 and item #5 in the amount of $72,028.”
Kevin Barnes, Church Wells and Jim Matson, Kanab, were appointed to the County Resource and Development Committee.
During the Consent Agenda, several Parcel Joinders were approved in Navajo Lake Estates and Zion View Mt. Estates. Amending the Subdivision Plat in Strawberry Valley Estates was also approved. All had been approved by the Kane County Land Use Authority.
The commission also approved a business license for JD Reese Enterprises, an Internet business.
During the MBA (Municipal Building Authority) part of the meeting, the commissioners agreed no more change orders for the EMS building until they are completely up-to-date on incoming invoices.
Byard Kershaw and Tracy Glover reported on their interviews for an architect for the new Public Safety Facility (jail). They visited Beaver and San Pete jail facilities designed by the architects interviewed. The commission hired Joe Litton, J.W.L. Architects, from Cache County for the architectural design for the Public Safety Facility that will also be the County Sheriff’s Office.