In a heartfelt prayer opening his last Kanab City Council meeting, Mayor Kim Lawson gave thanks and encouragement to council members Jim Sorenson, Steve Mower, Tony Chatterley, Terril Honey and Nina Laycook for their work and success managing their individual city programs during his eight year tenure in office.

This was also Honey’s last meeting. His seat on the council will be filled by Ed Meyer in 2010.

Laycook will begin her responsibilities as mayor in the new year as well, and has been working with Lawson to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Mayor Lawson was in good humor and seemed comfortable with his retirement from the office he has chaired for two terms, joking with his friend and associate City Manager Keith McAllister. Lawson, viewing an aerial photo of the Kanab swimming pool, quipped the only thing distinguishable was McAllister in his Speedo. Of course with that scenario, there wouldn’t be anyone else within 100 feet of the pool.

McAllister will be working part-time for the city now, until a new city manager is hired at which time the old swayback will be turned out to pasture, along with Lawson. “Some people will say it’s about time we go,” Lawson said smiling.

Councilman Honey was elected to office with Lawson and worked tirelessly on Planning and Zoning issues during the time of the most growth in Kanab’s history.

“I didn’t expect such a party,” said Honey, viewing the room filled with family, friends and well-wishers. “I would like to thank the residents of Kanab for their support over the years and am grateful for the new energy coming in to lead Kanab as the old guard leaves,” said Honey. He continued saying, “My personal relationship aside, I think Mayor Lawson was the man for the times and I am gratified to have served with him.”

Lawson and Honey were presented Wonderstone plaques by incoming Mayor Laycook, that was applauded by all those in attendance.

McAllister credited Lawson with keeping Kanab in the black when many communities are now struggling with debt. Laycook and her husband, Lloyd, cut and served cake to all present and good cheer prevailed in the room as the transition to new leadership in Kanab was made.

In the only item on the council agenda, Kurt Allen introduced himself as a former Kanab resident now working for Northern Engineering with an office in Hurricane. He enjoined the mayor and council to consider using his firm in the future for engineering, surveying and aerial photography projects.

The next Kanab City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Janary 12 at 7 p.m., and presided over by new Mayor Nina Laycook.