Councilman Jim Sorenson reported the Fast Pass Car Club members who visited Kanab last week, had a wonderful time here. They were so appreciative of the hospitality provided them, that they donated $11,000 as grant money to be used as seed money for city projects.  [We hope to see Fast Pass back here once again in four years and thanks for your generous contribution.]

Sorenson also reported Kanab City’s website is open 24/7 and can be used to schedule reservations for city owned properties and access the financial transparency page.

DocUtah, the documentary film fest showing short films on a variety of subjects, sponsored by the Center for Education, Business and the Arts, will run from Sept. 3-7 with screenings at the Crescent Moon Theater and six other southern Utah locations.

Brand Iconic has been hired to run advertisements promoting Kanab City and Kane County.

Mayor Laycook reported the state’s new economic director has small town roots and plans to devote considerable time promoting the virtues of rural Utah.

The Business of Art, a two-day program with a variety of lectures on various aspects of promoting creative endeavors, will be held in Kanab Nov. 8-9.  There will be a change of the art display in the main hallway of the Kanab Hospital on Sept. 12.

Councilmember Cheryl Brown reported a $5,000 grant has been received for the rebuilding of the skate park next to the city swimming pool by an individual yet to be named.

The council approved a beer license, for off premise consumption, for LMG Fuel located at 1055 S. Hwy. 89 (the old Sinclair station).

The chip seal project for the northeast part of town will begin September 3 and finish in two days.  Residents of the area will be reminded of the schedule on September 2.

Jaime Jorgenson has been hired as the new Kanab City office secretary after LeAnn McDonald vacated the position she held for a number of years.

On October 1, the Kanab City Justice Court will cease to exist and the Kane County Court will take on the city cases formerly presided over by Judges Kirk Heaton and Gary Johnson.  Heaton will still be involved with the county court.

Deputy District Attorney Rob Van Dyke stated his office prosecutes Class B and C misdemeanor cases only in the County Court, with Class A offenses handled in the District Court.

Currently, the District Attorney’s office is being paid $50,000 per year to prosecute city cases under state law.  With the expectation of an increased caseload, Van Dyke is seeking a $20.000 a year increase from the city, which had budgeted a $30,000 increase for the next fiscal year.

Presently, the fines collected by the court runs about $40,000 a year and is divided evenly between the city and county.  Van Dyke proposed to the council that the county retain all fine monies and this would supply the $20,000 being requested as an increase.

This also means if the court collects more fines, they retain more, and also risk collecting less and not being compensated for it.  In other word, no guarantees.  This seemed reasonable enough for the council and mayor and will be drawn up as such.