The Kane County Commission met on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at the Kane County Courthouse. Commissioners Gant and Heaton were in attendance, with Commissioner Chamberlain unavailable due to travel. The meeting was called to order at 3:02 p.m. Kane County Attorney Rob Van Dyke provided the invocation and Public Lands Director Taylor Glover led the room in the Pledge of Allegiance. After approving consent items, the commission addressed the regular agenda.
The meeting opened with public comments. Celeste Meyeres noted for the record that Senator Mike Lee’s staff will be at Kanab City Hall on Wednesday, August 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., to address local public concerns, answer questions, and assist with federal agencies if needed.
The first agenda item featured Candace Reid, Kane County Managing Public Defender, presenting the contract for Administrative Public Defense Services for commission approval. The contract, as well as grant funding from the Indigent Defense Commission were approved.
Next, Sara Bauman, Executive Director of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners, and Associate Director Lisa Clark briefed the commission on the organization’s local offices and programs.
Jerica Bauer, Director of Kane County Active Living Centers, presented on the appointment of Lamont Smith and Caroleen Chamberlain to the Council on Aging board of directors. Commissioner Heaton noted, “I seriously can’t think of two people that could serve in that role better.” COA Board Chairperson Nancy Ford was on hand for the announcement, and the group stayed for a photo with the commissioners after the meeting.
Lt. Allen Alldredge of the Kane County Sheriff’s Department spoke to the commission about the appointment of two new members to the Southwest Regional Response and Coordinating Team’s Executive Committee.
Torrey Cluett, Kanab Center Coordinator, briefed the commissioners on recent edits to local leasing policies for Kanab Center, and Kane County Sheriff Tracy Glover joined Camille Johnson Taylor to update the commission on ongoing efforts to add shade covering structures at the shooting range north of town.
The final agenda item was a discussion of ongoing efforts to support the creation of fire service districts within the county. Adjusting borders is the current focus, and Commissioner Heaton noted that there will be a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 11, at 7 p.m., in the Kanab Center Ballroom C on the topic, as well as the topic of new growth within Kane County.
The meeting ended with a motion to adjourn at 4:11 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.
Kane County Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 3 p.m., at the Kane County Courthouse. Join the meeting by phone at (435) 676-9000 using code 168030#. A recording of this meeting can be found at kane.utah.gov/gov/dept/commission/.