The Kanab City Council meeting on June 8, 2021, began with some true Kanab spirit and small town pride when three teenagers were honored as employees of the month. 

Congratulations to Nicholas Shrope who saved a life at the Jackson Flat Reservoir by jumping to action in a dire time of need. Mayor Robert Houston called Shrope a “true hero.” Shrope had completed his lifeguard and CPR training, but this training was tested preemptively; before his first shift as a lifeguard at the Kanab Swimming Pool. 

Further congratulations to Daxton Fox who rescued a child from the lazy river at the Kanab Pool and was further praised for his professionalism. 

One last congratulations to Clayton Riddle who is a second year lifeguard, and recently dove into the deep end to save a child. 

Thank you to all three young men for taking action! While our Kanab Pool is lucky to have folks like these on staff, City Manager, Joe Decker hopes this will NOT be a precursor to the pool this year! Mayor Houston thanked all three and declared them, “the cream of the crop.” 

Kanab spirit continued the theme as Police Chief Cram weighed in on fireworks restrictions this very dry year. It was proposed that on Saturday, July 3, the street be closed from the existing elementary school to the stop light on Main St. Chief Cram pointed out this area is away from residences, paved, and well manicured without weeds. This fireworks map will go to vote at the next City Council Meeting.   

Two public comments from Mary Poe and Noel Poe centered around the final discussion of the evening: accessory buildings. The City Council discussed in detail, the classifying of Shipping Containers (aka Cargo Containers) as accessory buildings. Building Inspector Janae Chatterley advised on current regulations and is helping to shape the new ordinance. Celeste Meyeres’ edits to the ordinance were adopted, which has already been weighed in on by the Planning & Zoning Committee. 

Newly placed shipping containers will be required to be one solid color, meaning the logo from the shipping company will need to be painted over. Jeff Yates encouraged keeping restrictions simple for ease of enforceability. If the container is over 200 sq. feet, the city requires a building permit. If there is electricity or water plumbed to the container, similarly, a building permit will be required. 

Also, ANY kind of accessory building cannot take up more than 25 percent of your lot. Chatterley plans to put the updated ordinances on the city website for easy access to knowledge for when a building permit is required.