Storyteller Tom Carter spoke to the Kanab City Council at their meeting on October 12 about the Historic Home Tour and Storytelling Festival going on this Saturday, October 23 in Kanab’s central historic district. Tours through the old Cole Hotel (Purple Sage Inn), Bowman/Chamberlain house (Heritage House), Franklin/Brown house (Barbara Kropf home) and the Robertson/Finley house (Beatrice Carr home) will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. There is a $5 charge for the tour. Those interested in going on the tour should meet at the Kane County Tourism building at 100 East and 100 South at 10 a.m.

After the tour, there will be a Heritage Fair at Jacob Hamblin Park where stories and tales will be told, demonstrations given, games played and contests conducted, including a storytelling contest for school children, with prizes awarded.

Rollin’ West BBQ will be on hand during the dinner hour at the park. “Storytelling is a way to bring people together for mutual enjoyment. It’s a time to set differences aside and enjoy a good tale together,” quipped Carter.

Dan Thebeau, representing TC Engineering, came before the council requesting his firm be considered for future engineering projects undertaken by the city. “Engineering work is being sent to out-of-town firms. We can do that work and beat competitor’s prices. TC Engineering just wants to be a part of the bidding process,” said Thebeau. He agreed to separate engineering reviews from any building interests in a project.

Councilman Ed Meyer said he needed more schooling on how engineering contracts are awarded and hoped the entire council could gain further education on the process.

The council took up the task of initiating the process of issuing revenue bonds for the $200,000 interest free loan from the Community Impact Board (CIB) that is part of the funding secured for the replacement bridge over Kanab Creek in the Ranchos. The CIB also provided a $200,000 grant and the Utah Department of Transportation awarded a million dollars toward the project.

To secure the CIB loan, the city needs to issue a revenue bond with Class C road money (originating from excise tax on fuel) being used as collateral. A public hearing to discuss the bond, and any effects it may have on Kanab’s citizens, will be undertaken at the next city council meeting on Tuesday, November 9, before a final vote on Resolution 10-12-10 is taken.

Clarification of service term lengths for each member of the Park and Recreation Board was made by Councilman Shaun Smith, which was not previously specified. Smith introduced the latest board member and recent Kanab resident, Dave Baird, to the council.

Merit evaluations and pay increases were given to Kanab patrolman Darren Meadows, who went to Patrolman II status; Justice Court Clerk Lorna Watson; and Accounts Payable Clerk Teresa Clark.

Council members acknowledged the book gifts given to the Kanab City Library and Heritage Museum by authors present at the recently conducted ‘Writers of the Purple Sage’ conference.