Lou Pratt and Bert Harris reported at the March 28 Kane County Commission meeting, the environmental projects are done for the Kanab Canyon/Hancock Road realignment project.

When the county completes their part, UDOT is ready to put in turn lanes.  Best Friends will pay one third or $129,000.  Cave Lakes is the other partner for one third. The commission approved advertising for bids. The county needs to have their part done by July, so UDOT can do their part.

The commission ratified a Maintenance Road Agreement with Garfield County for the maintenance of the Hole in the Rock Road and Left Hand Collett Road. Commissioner Doug Heaton commented it is a win/win for both counties. “We struck a really good deal. It is a good compromise.”

Author of “Undaunted” Gerald Lund, will be at the Escalante Heritage Dedication on May 28. There will be tours to Hole in the Rock as part of the dedication.

A Proclamation for Parkinson Awareness Month of April, and April 11 as Parkinson Awareness Day was adopted. 

Commissioner Jim Matson updated the commissioners on the Uinta County vs Salazar case. What happens in the case will have an impact on Kane County. Heaton is “in full agreement to assist Uinta. Kane County stood alone for many years. We can’t spend money, but will file a brief.”

The commissioners gave an update on a meeting in St. George with representatives from the Department of Interior. One result of the meeting was a request that the Department of Interior coordinate with counties. 

DOI was also asked why it circumvented the process of open meetings and it was noted the Federal Government did not go through the FLIPMA requirements of coordinating meetings.

The commission approved the renewal of an agreement with Jones/DeMille Engineering for one more year for Land Use Ordinance review. Commissioner Dirk Clayson commented the county “needs to support local engineering companies as much as we can. Sometimes there is a conflict of interest.”

Heaton reported the county will accept a proposal from Five County Association of Governments to help with the General Plan update.

Spring Drive, a county road, needs to be re-platted. The road was originally planned without consideration of the contour of the land. All property owners except one have signed off on the plan to correct the problem. This discussion was continued in closed session.

Matson reported Dr. Gil Miller is looking at county programs, tax assessments, etc. There will be a follow-up when he has completed his study.

A tax deferment was approved and the parcel removed from the May Tax Sale for one year. Taxes, interest and penalties will be paid by August. 

The 2011 Tax Sale Ordinance was adopted for May 26 at 10 a.m. The commission also approved an increase in the administrative fee from $225 to $250.