The focus of the Kanab City Council meeting on February 10 was updating regulations impacting the Kanab city cemetery. Councilman Tony Chatterley reviewed the regulations for the council with Jim Aziz, the city employee in charge of cemetery operations, further clarifying these rules.

The cornerstone of all these regulations is to preserve the integrity of the cemetery grounds, help assure people's safety when on the grounds and keep maintenance costs to a minimum. Access to the cemetery is restricted to daylight hours, although it was acknowledged that people do walk the grounds in the early dawn and twilight hours. These people should keep to the driveways.

Animals are not permitted in the cemetery, except horse drawn wagons at burials. Cars need to stay on the paved areas to avoid damaging sprinkler heads and imprinting the lawn. Speed limit is five mph.

Grave decorations will be monitored by cemetery caretakers and removed when they no longer compliment the gravesite. Grave markers should be either flush with the ground or at least 12 inches (but not higher than 54 inches) in height and must have a grass level base extending from the marker's perimeter as a mow strip.

Aziz explained these measures allow us to mow the grounds while avoiding damage to expensive mowing equipment and cut down on the time consuming task of hand power trimming.

Inscriptions of names of the deceased on a marker need to be visible for reading by a person facing the east (names need to be on the west side of the marker). The city is not responsible for temporary markers and must be given adequate time prior to undertaking the opening and closing of the grave.

Charges for opening and closing of graves are currently set for residents at $150 on weekdays and $200 on weekends and holidays; and for non residents at $300 and $400 respectively. A perpetual care agreement must also be made prior to the opening, which is $200 for a resident and $400 for a non-resident. The council did not define what constitutes residency.

Shauna Cram asked, if any consideration had been given to allowing green burials at the cemetery. A green burial she explained was no embalming and no fancy coffin being involved. Perhaps wrapping the body in a blanket or at most a pine box. She encouraged the council to look into this alternative.

The council considered merit evaluations for City Manager Keith McAllister and Justice Court Judge Gary Johnson. Johnson received his pay increase without comment. However, McAllister, presently at the P level, was threatened with a step back to O, instead of forward to a P level, unless he corrected a typo in the minutes specifying Resolution 1-01-09 as White Ribbon Against Photography Month rather than the unanimously passed, White Ribbon Against Pornography Month. McAllister promised he would rectify it, thereby assuring his merit increase by the council.