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Kanab City Council to vote on water sale to Southern Red Sands at July 9 meeting
The June 11 Kanab City Council meeting began with an explanation by Kanab City Manager Joe Decker of the 2006 Kanab Annexation Policy Plan. Some questions had arisen about the plan after it was discussed at the Kane County Commission meeting on May 28.
“By no means does this mean we’re going to go out tomorrow and annex this property,” Decker reported. “We discussed this (with the county) because of some large developments that the county is approving right outside the city limits that are going to affect our streets and things like that.”
Decker said the county and city need to cooperate on land use issues within the annexation area.
“Is the city wanting to annex right now?” Council Member Celeste Meyeres asked. “People in the county are concerned or wanting to know, at least,” she continued.
“The only annexation staff has been talking about is to the south,” Decker replied, “and between Cedar Heights and the Ranchos.”
Councilman Byard Kershaw asked, “Do the residents have a say in whether they want it?”
There would be a public process, which would have to be followed with public meetings, etc. The annexed areas would have to be contiguous with other annexed areas or those already within city limits.
After the discussion on the Annexation Policy ended, Mayor Robert Houston announced Hugh Hurlow, from Utah Geological Survey, would make his presentation on the local hydrology and answer questions from the public stemming from the possible sale of city water to the Southern Red Sands frac sand mine at Red Knoll.
“I did that because I told too many people we would have someone with education in this field talk to us and answer questions. That will take care of that,” the Mayor remarked.
Hurlow’s presentation will be at the July 9 Kanab City Council meeting, and as of now, will be held at the library.
“Will we be voting July 9 on that?” Councilman Michael East inquired.
“Yes, that’s my plan,” responded the Mayor.
The Mayor then moved into the business portion of the meeting. After the prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, approvals of the agenda, minutes and accounts payable vouchers, the public comment period began.
All of the comments from the public were in opposition to the sale of water to the Southern Red Sands frac sand mine or the potential negative impact of the mine itself.
One commenter quoted Hugh Hurlow, UGS, from an e-mail sent to the city, along with the hydrology report. “We did not consider recharge, other ground water withdrawals, possible impact on Kanab Creek or implications for long-term life of the aquifer. All of these issues and more could be addressed in a longer study on which we would like to work with you if possible.”
When asked if the city had asked for this longer study, the Mayor responded, “As of right now, no.”
The council then moved on to the next agenda item, a Public Hearing on the adoption of the 2019/20 City Operating Budget. No comments were made by the attending public.
Next was a continued discussion of the budget. City Manager Decker went over the current figures as numbers were still “fluid” until the fiscal year 2018-19 was complete June 30.
The proposed Recreation Fund budget for 2019/20 is $308,500, which includes all the sports funds such as softball, soccer, tennis, Kanab 10K, etc. The council complimented the new Rec Director Dan Ellison for bringing in more revenue.
The City Impact Fee Fund stands at $75,475. Jacob Hamblin Park is now paid off. There’s $27,000 left in the Skate Park Fund. The Main Street Improvement Fund is done.
When asked what the city’s total debt is, Decker estimated, “About a shade under $2,000,000.” The Water Fund debt is around $400,000, with the biggest debt being the city swimming pool.
The council commented on sidewalk construction and flooding at the skate park. There was quite a bit of discussion about widening parts of Powell and Kanab Creek Drives at least four feet. Chip-sealing the entire Ranchos is in the works.
Collections for the new Storm Water Fund stand at $360,000, with several ongoing projects. The Capital Investment Plan includes new carpet for the library, remodeling at the Heritage Museum, along with $100,000 towards the new Wellness Center.
Sidewalks on 100 East and possible new pedestrian crossing signage would be paid for out of Class “C” road funds.
When all discussion was concluded, the council voted unanimously to adopt the 2019/20 Budget.