The Kanab City Council granted a Class D (beer) liquor license pending a police background check and state approval to the Luo’s Cafe, a Chinese restaurant now occupying the old KC BBQ building near Ace Hardware in Kanab. 

That concluded the council''s official business, but each council member was given an opportunity to update the community on their individual committee''s current projects. 

Councilman Terril Honey, heading the city''s Planning and Zoning committee, is continuing to update subdivision ordinances along with infrastructure design standards affecting the city.

Jim Sorensen is headlong into converting hard copy city documents and application forms into a web site format that can be accessed by the public on-line. 

Councilwoman Nina Laycook stated she has "the best jobs of them all" working on the Variety Arts Council and Parks and Recreation Board.  She coordinates the summer Wednesday Night at the Gazebo performances that often feature local musical talent and are always a great source of free entertainment. 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Symphony of the Canyons, which will have an active year of superb musical presentations.

The city is hoping to entice the Center for Education and Business in the Arts (CEBA) to locate in Kanab.  Laycook stated her Visual Arts committee is working with CEBA and Dixie State College in sponsoring workshop seminars in Kanab this September. 

"The Business of Art" is the theme and will feature professionally conducted programs to help people in all of the art fields understand and implement everything from copyrighting their work to gallery presentation of it.  Marketing their artwork is often the most difficult thing artists and craftsman must learn to do and these seminars will address that aspect thoroughly.

Laycook praised her active volunteers that staff her various Parks and Recreation committees.  Carol Gilberg manages the swimming pool, which is expected to open Memorial Day weekend.  Jack Gisler heads up the subcommittee on Kanab''s trail system, which is being maintained and expanded by volunteers.  A priority issue with Laycook is raising nearly $200,000 to build new tennis courts on city owned land just north of the library.

Tony Chatterley monitors Kanab''s Beautification, Cemetery and Fire Dept. committees.  Scheduled this summer are projects involving clean-up, maintenance and revision of everything from downtown''s curbside plantings and Levi Stewart Park, to the Heritage House and signage at the entrances to Kanab.  City workers are in limited supply for many of these projects and volunteers are sorely needed to help.

Steve Mower was excused from the meeting but his duties include making Western Legends successful.  Remember that these council members can be approached directly with questions the public may have regarding their areas of responsibility. 

Kanab City will be scheduling "Clean Up" days this spring to assist citizens in their efforts to beautify their yards, vacant lots and neighborhoods. City Manager, Keith McAllister said that anything easily accessible and able to be picked up by a front-end loader could be managed.

Mayor Lawson made a final comment concerning the shade trees planted a few years back along Center St. that were specifically chosen to provide canopy type shading as they reached maturity.  These were not cheap trees and recently someone took it upon themselves to "top" two of them in the center of town. 

Whatever the motive for this action, it is an illegal one damaging city owned property and curtailing the desired growth pattern of the trees.  The only parties allowed to trim these trees are a city contracted tree service or city employees.