It was a lively Kanab City Council campaign resulting in a win by Kirt Carpenter, Cheryl Brown and Joe B. Wright. Congratulations, and thanks to all who participated. I’m working on the Board and Commission assignments and will finalize the appointments in January.

Although the focus of the campaign centered on a few topics of interest, City departments were busy with many ongoing projects that I know you’ll find of interest. I will be sharing news and updates to keep you informed. Here’s an update for a few selected public projects:

•Kanab Creek Bridge – An important project long in the making, the construction of the bridge has not been as smooth as hoped, having had to overcome both weather and man-made setbacks. True to our Kanab spirit, the city, engineers and contractors have pushed forward, and by the time you read this (with any luck), the bridge should be open to through traffic. This new bridge is safer for drivers and pedestrians, with wonderful new sidewalks! It will serve our community for generations. Thanks for your patience, and be aware that the city is holding the contractors monetarily responsible for delays beyond November 14.

•Highway 89A Storm Drain – The beautiful new Bureau of Land Management Building on Hwy 89A brought with it improvements to 175 E. 650 S. and Hwy 89A. Kanab City seized the moment to add large storm water pipes, which will go a long way to help with our problems during heavy storms. I want to give a big thank you to the neighboring residents who worked with the city to make these improvements possible.

•Water Line Extension – As part of our summer project that partnered with the Kane County Water Conservatory District to ensure Kanab will have the piping capacity to bring some of the best drinking water in the world to our homes and businesses, we have added a new line out to the Ranchos down through the 300 South/Powell Dr. crossing. This line will be a big help in supplying water, particularly during high use in the summer months.

Finally, special thanks to UDOT, Garkane Energy and the Kanab City crew for the Christmas decorations on Highway 89 through town. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoy your family and loved ones, and travel safely.