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School, county and city discuss civic center
At the Kane County Commission work meeting on Monday, November 18, Superintendent Robert Johnson and Cary Reese from the Kane School District, Brent Chamberlain from the Kanab City Council, Mayor-elect Robert Houston and Kanab City Manager Joe Decker met with the county commissioners and Ken Gotzenberg of the Office of Tourism to discuss possibilities for a civic center at the old middle school in the center of town.
The four issues being explored are: 1) Feasibility; 2) Financial costs, operations and maintenance, and costs for some improvements; 3) Use of the facility. What would be best? Buy or lease? How to best use the space, etc.; 4) Concepts – which included a draft of possible improvements
Commissioner Dirk Clayson said we need a plan that is sustainable. All agreed the location is ideal and would benefit the community. Commissioner Jim Matson said the location is great, and the possibilities discussed are the best solution.
The information discussed will be taken back to their respective boards. Superintendent Johnson stated, “Now I have something to take back to the board.”
Matson went over a draft for the commission’s goals and objectives for 2014. The other commissioners added a few more items. The final will be presented next Monday at the regular commission meeting.
All felt good about what they have accomplished, such as lower property taxes, their part in the removal of the Tiger Beetle from possible Endangered Species List, courthouse security, consolidating and managing existing office and building space, and cleaning out the upstairs storage. Another accomplishment was the Jacob Ryan intervention. The commissioners updated and prioritized the one-year and five year Capital Project List for eligibility for CIB loans and grants.
Clerk/Auditor Karla Johnson gave the monthly financial report. Taxes took a hit as a result of the two-week government shutdown. However, overall, the year to date figures look good. Building permits are up.
The commission approved the Canvas of Elections held at 1 pm. Results are now final.
Commissioner Doug Heaton asked to form a committee to prepare for HB 142 proposed transfer of public lands. The committee needs to have a report, due in December, estimating Kane County economic elements. Included will be costs, economic impacts, both positive and negative, and potential opportunities for Kane County if the transfer happens. All facets, from grazing to tourism, will be included.
Shannon McBride, Land Use Authority, recommended changing the ordinance from five acres to 10 acres in Rural Unimproved Subdivisions. Currently, the Planning Commission has two proposed subdivisions with four lots each averaging five to eight acres. McBride said the planning commission agreed unanimously that less than 10 acres is unwise for a variety of reasons. The need for sewer percolation tests being one. Recommended changes in the Kane County Land Use Ordinance, Chapter 21, Rural Unimproved Subdivision will be presented at the November 25 Kane County Commission Meeting.
During the citizen input, Charlie Saba and Mary Craven spoke in opposition to less than 10 acres in rural unimproved subdivisions. With the proposal at 8 Mile Gap, reference was made to limited access, gravel road, blue clay and concern for adequate percolation for septic systems. They also support changing the General Plan from five acres back to 10 acres.