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Top Stories for October 13, 2010
Kaibab Management Plan to close 400 miles of roads
Tim Short, District Manager Kaibab National Forest, was present to discuss the Forest Management Plan and some of the issues facing the forest including the current sales of lumber during the September 27 Kane County Commission meeting.
He explained their preferred plan for the forest is closing up to 400 miles of roads on the Kaibab; the public will be able to travel up to one mile off the main road to harvest an elk or bison, but not mule deer. Fuel gathering will continue despite rumors otherwise; however the complexion of the harvesting fuel wood will change.
Environmentalists wanted to close 500 miles of roads and eliminate campsite corridors on their preferred plan (alternative #3).
Alternative 4 was basically the same as the preferred plan, but it included harvesting mule deer up to one mile off road.
At the work meeting, Bob Johnson updated the commission regarding the events: trail rides, barbeques, youth and adult activities, and ranch style rodeos held in conjunction with Jacob Hamblin Days.
The commission discussed the issue of a form of synthetic marijuana called spice that is causing problems statewide. They will work with the sheriff and UAC to evaluate the need to make it illegal.
During the Municipal Building Authority (MBA) meeting, Deputy Sheriff Tracy Glover updated the commission on the progress of the loans for the new Public Safety Facility. The Community Impact Board (CIB) is ready to finalize and the progress of the USDA loan also looks good. He would like to delay the decision to choose the technology for video conferencing until later next year, enabling the county to have the newer technology.
A major topic regarding the jail is deciding what kind of kitchen to have. They will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for food and commissary services. The Sheriff’s Office has already been checking with other facilities. Some do their own, and some contract out. Commissioner Daniel Hulet suggested they check with the hospital and Senior Citizen Center, along with other companies.
Resolution 2010-3 was approved. “Consideration of the adoption of a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $7,500,000 lease revenue bonds, series 2010A (federally taxable-Build America Bonds (direct payment) to finance in part public safety facilities, including a jail: authorizing an annual, appropriation lease, a master resolution, a ground lease, security documents and other documents related to the bonds: and related matters.” The CIB portion is $7.5 million at 2-1/2% interest.
According to Alex Burton, Financial Advisor Zion’s Bank, The Build American program will save the county $50,000 annually on interest.
During MBA, Resolution 2010-4 was approved. Assignment of Ground Leases to Kane County from The State of Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board.
The Bullfrog Duplex bid was awarded to Wedge Wood Development for the Sheriff’s Substation.
There were no comments at the public hearing.
Regarding the $18,000,000 Lease Revenue Bonds to finance the County Public Safety Facility including a county jail facility.
The commission appointed Matt Walther as a board member of the Travel Council Tax Advisory Board. Commissioner Hulet said Matt Walther (the hotel, motel representative owner of the Quail Creek Lodge) is not a resident of Kane County, but it would be appropriate for him to serve on the board.
The commission appointed Tom Forsythe as a board member of the Tax Advisory Board. The motion carried, with Commissioners Hulet and Doug Heaton voting in favor. Commissioner Mark Habbeshaw said he would choose not to appoint someone who has openly expressed disapproval of the county policies.
The commission approved Resolution 2010-15. Authorizing the Municipal Building Authority of Kane County, Utah, to issue and sale its lease revenue bonds, Series 2010A (federally taxable – Build America bonds (direct payment) the lease, BLM ground lease, and other documents to finance public safety facilities; and authorizing all other actions related thereto; and related matters.
The commission approved the contract with Rural Public Lands County Council (RPLCC) Robert Weidner for $7,500. Deputy Attorney Rob Van Dyke said the RPLCC must certify they are registered with the state E-verification system.
The commission voted to extend the Secure Rural School Funding under the same formulas initiated last year.