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Kanab City Council gives developer Mason more time
The Kanab City Council discussed what action to take regarding Danny Mason’s Vermilion Village development project proposal for 1200 acres, extending from the southern border of the Ranchos to the Arizona line. Mason had been given an extended time line to submit the required plan documents over a year ago and has not yet done so.
The council admittedly let Mason’s last deadline lapse since he was making some effort to complete his application and development agreement that was initiated over two years ago. The council voted to extend the deadline for six more months, in which time Mason must meet the terms of the original agreement with the city or submit a new agreement. If he fails to accomplish this, all previous agreements with the city could be voided.
Kathy and Dennis Judd were granted a lot line reconfiguration of their property on 100 East in Kanab to encompass a small plot purchased from their neighbor to be used for a carport and garden. Both properties involved still conform to the city’s 10,000 sq. ft. minimum size requirement.
The city agreed to enter into a program with the Utah Division of Forestry, who will match city funds, to establish a tree inventory and maintenance program for city-owned properties. Loretta Clayson has been working for some time on this project, along with Jim Aziz, the city’s tree trimmer.
The city voted to continue utilizing the Public Employees Health Plan (PEHP) to provide their health insurance coverage.
Councilman Ed Meyer voiced disappointment over what he felt was unfair competition with local pharmacies by the promotion of Medco pharmaceuticals by PEHP. A letter will be drafted and sent to PEHP stating this concern.
The city will be considering options related to cemetery space and plot prices over the next few weeks. There was discussion about running out of plot spaces before too long and the now $100 price of a plot being raised to a more appropriate level, which has not been considered for over 10 years. Some citizens are selling vacant lots back to the city to help with space requirements.
The council agreed to send a letter, composed by Councilman Meyer, to acting superintendent of the Glen Canyon NRA, Kym Hall, regarding proposed changes involving ORV use at the Lone Rock recreation area. Meyer stated that all of the five alternatives contained no provisions for alternative site use for ORVs at Lone Rock. The letter expresses concern that limiting ORV use there could negatively impact local businesses and feels, that while there is need to protect critical resource areas, any area currently in use by ORVs that would subsequently be off limits should be replaced by another area deemed less critical, after appropriate study.
The letter also states that people with disabilities should also be allowed access to the beach by an ORV and that non-licensed ORVs be allowed for that particular use. With these modifications, the city would support alternative D (mixed use) of the Glen Canyon NRA use plans.
Two clarifications from the last Kanab City Council meeting report two weeks ago are in order. The issuance of revenue bonds in the amount of $200,000 for the Kanab Creek bridge project was not approved during that public hearing meeting, but will be considered for approval by the council in January.
The zone change for the proposed hydrogasification plant along the Kaneplex road was not zoned as Chemical and Petroleum, but as Research and Development, with Chemical and Petroleum designated under that to provide the city with additional restrictive powers regarding the project.