Southern Utah News Articles
Top Stories for March 2, 2011
Christmas Box Angel of Hope presented to Kanab City Council
During the work meeting of the Kanab City Council on February 22, a concerned resident questioned the policy and practices of the city with regard to its fines and shut-off procedure involving delinquent utility bill payments.
Jill Shumway felt the $15 late fee was excessive and the practice of shutting the water off without the resident being notified was inappropriate.
City Manager Duane Huffman reiterated the water bill policy. The meters are read around the 20th of each month. The bills are sent out about the first of the next month, and payments are due by the 20th of that month.
If the bill is not paid by the first of the next month, a $15 late fee is incurred. If the bill remains unpaid by the 10th (or 12th if the 10th hits on a Saturday), then a $40 shut-off fee is charged, and the water to the residence is shut off without notice.
Mayor Laycook thanked Shumway for her concern and will discuss modifications to the policy with Huffman. However, no promises were made regarding any changes being made.
Erin Alvey O’Sullivan, introduced by her grandmother former Kanab City Mayor Karen Alvey, gave a presentation to the council about erecting a Christmas Box Angel of Hope at the Kanab City Cemetery.
O’Sullivan explained the four foot high bronze statue, with a 5 ft. 4 in. wingspan will be the centerpiece of a site proposed for the cemetery grounds to remember and honor children who have been lost to parents, family members and the community.
A candlelight vigil would be held each year in remembrance of these children. “It’s a concept that has been started in over a hundred communities in the country,” she told the council.
The council was supportive of this endeavor and a site at the cemetery is being considered. Individual bricks with a child’s name on it can be purchased for about $100, and will become a permanent part of the commemorative site.
The progress report from developers of the Vermilion Village, which was due on January 25, and not yet received, was discussed by the council. City Manager Huffman told the council he has been told by the developer’s attorney, Tim Watson, that the requested development documents will be into the city by February 25 for review by the city’s engineer, Rick Rosenberg.
Councilman Jim Sorenson’s statement summed up the council’s position on this continually delayed application. “Due diligence needs to be demonstrated and these documents received, or the city will need to reconsider the application for this proposed development,” said Sorenson.
Individual council members gave brief reports on their assigned city responsibilities.
Ed Meyer envisions the Arts Council publishing a literary journal with the writings of local authors and poets. (See Red Rock Review story on Page 1).
A rock art photography exhibit of Barrier Canyon style pictographs and petroglyphs is being displayed at the Kane County Hospital.
Steve Mower reported on progress of the 24-inch water line being placed from the city to the wells off Hancock Road, which will be ongoing into the summer.
The airport chip seal process is finished, and the city is in negotiations with the landowner for easement rights for the new Kanab Creek Drive bridge in the Ranchos.
Jim Sorenson reported the Planning and Zoning committee (with the Planning Commission), is continuing to analyze data involving the proposed hydro-gasification plant in the city.
He also stated the city’s website additions are ready to go online and will include details of specific city financial transactions like revenue, expenditures and project payments. “This will afford Kanab’s citizens fiscal transparency concerning how money is collected and allocated,” said Sorenson. He went on to say Kanab City received 640,000 hits on its present website.
Business owners will be directed (via a post card mailed to them) of the online process to renew their business license.
Kanab City is also planning an online community calendar that will list all community events occurring throughout the year.
Shaun Smith reported the trail project from Tom’s to Pugh Canyons will continue this spring, and planning for a dog park in the north end of Kanab at the base of Squaw Trail is ongoing with the city, Best Friends and BLM. The tennis courts at Jacob Hamblin Park will need to be repaired or replaced as funding allows.
Tony Chatterley described the need to rewire the Heritage House and install lights at the gazebo, along with sidewalk paving. He also acknowledged over 100 hours/month have been donated by volunteers to the library.