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Fire Restriction Order by Utah DNR

Due to current and forecasted weather conditions coupled with the extremely dry conditions in Washington County, the State Forester, in consultation with the county commission, has determined that measures must be taken to prevent the ignition of forest and rangeland fires. Therefore, pursuant to Utah State Law, Section 65A-8-212, the following acts are prohibited in the areas described below until rescinded by the Utah State Forester and the County Commission:

  1. Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fires of any kind, except within the facilities designated for them in improved campgrounds, picnic areas or home sites where running water is present.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is paved or free from dry vegetation.
  3. Discharging or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnic devices including exploding targets.
  4. Cutting, welding or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation.
  5. Operating a motorcycle, chainsaw, ATV, or other small internal combustion engine without an approved and working spark arrestor.

The following persons are exempted from the above prohibitions:

  1. Persons with a permit or waiver specifically authorizing a specified act at a specific location.
  2. Any on-duty firefighter in the performance of an official duty.

Area Description:

All unincorporated private and all state lands within the following area:

  • Washington County

This order does not affect private lands within incorporated towns or city limits.

Effective Date: 12:01 am, 20th day of June, 2017

Any of the above acts is a violation of state law and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. These restrictions will be enforced by county law enforcement.

RESOLUTION NO. R-2017-2214

A RESOLUTION OF WASHINGTON COUNTY ADOPTING THE FIRE RESTRICTIONS PROPOSED BY THE STATE FORESTER

WHEREAS, Washington County (“County”) recognizes the fire threat that naturally caused weather conditions pose to people and property within the County; and

WHEREAS, the County has participated in a cooperative agreement with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands (FFSL) to manage wild fire risk; and

WHEREAS, FFSL has flagged the current weather conditions in Washington County as high risk for fires; and

WHEREAS, FFSL has proposed to Washington County a set of temporary fire restrictions aimed at minimizing the risk of human caused wild fires;

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the residents of Washington County that the temporary fire restrictions be approved.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, UTAH, that the fire restriction order proposed by the State Forester, attached as Exhibit A, is hereby adopted.

VOTED UPON AND PASSED BY THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSION AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSION HELD ON THE 20th DAY OF JUNE, 2017.

Notice of Vacancies — North Central Fire Special Service District Administrative Control Board

NOTICE is hereby given, pursuant to Utah Code Unannotated Section 17B-1-304(2), that there are two (2) vacancies on the North Central Fire Special Service District Administrative Control Board. These positions are appointed by the Washington County Commission.

To qualify for appointment to that Board, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen;
  2. Be a qualified elector (registered voter) in the area represented by the North Central Fire Special Service District

Those wishing to serve on the North Central Fire Special Service District Administrative Control Board should submit a Notice of Candidacy form (click here to download) to the Washington County Commission no later than Wednesday July 19, 2017. You may also pick up an application at the County Commission Office:

County Commission 
c/o Cheyenne Bentley
197 East Tabernacle Street
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)

Forms may be submitted by the following options:

Questions may be addressed to Cheyenne Bentley at (435) 634-5700.

The County Commission will consider the nominees for appointment to this board at a regularly scheduled County Commission meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Published in The Spectrum June 12 – 16, 2017

Billing:
Washington County Commission
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
Account #: 1359

Public Hearing for Dammeron Valley Fire Special Service District

WASHINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Notice is Hereby Given that the Board of Commissioners of Washington County will hold a public hearing regarding the expansion of services offered by the Dammeron Valley Fire Special Service District to include limited recreation. The DMF SSD shall continue to provide fire protection services as well as limited recreational services specifically for the park in the Dammeron Valley area located on the same parcel as the fire station.

Hearing

A public hearing will be held by the Board of Commissioners of Washington County on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 7:00 pm, located at:

Dammeron Valley Fire Station #13
1261 North Dammeron Valley Drive East
Dammeron Valley, UT 84783
(Google Maps)

Individuals with speech and/or hearing impairments may call the Relay Utah by dialing 711. Spanish Relay Utah: 1-888-346-3162.

Published in The Spectrum newspaper on June 10, 17, 24 and July 1, 2017

Posted in conjunction with publishing:

  1. State of Utah Website for Public Meeting Notices
  2. Washington County Administration Building
  3. Washington County Library Buildings
Washington County Fair

Bid for Public Use Facility at Fairgrounds

Washington County Utah is seeking bids for the Construction of a new Public Use Facility located at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hurricane Utah. The new facility shall consist of a new exhibit hall, offices, and associated uses. The building shall be approx. 28,000 square feet in size. Plans and bidder instructions are available in digital format at the Architect’s website, www.mrwdesign.com. On Monday, March 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm, a mandatory pre-bid meeting for any General Contractor preparing a bid will be held on site:

Washington County Utah Fairgrounds
5500 West 700 South
Hurricane, Utah 84737
(Google Maps)

Deadline for Submission of Sealed Proposal: 10:55 am on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Washington County Commission Office (see below for address).

Public Bid Opening: 11:00 am on Friday, March 17, 2017 in the Commission Chambers (see below for address).

Published in The Spectrum: Saturday, February 25, 2017 through Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Billing:

Washington County Commission
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT  84770
Account #: 1359
(Google Maps)
Zion National Park

Zion National Park Visitor Use Management Planning Progress

As you know the park has begun a Visitor Use Management (VUM) Plan in order to address the issue of increasing visitation in the park. This planning process will help park managers identify strategies that will allow visitors a safe and enjoyable experience while protecting the park’s fundamental resources and values.

The park has just concluded the public scoping component of the planning process. We held 6 public meetings and a WebEx where the public had the opportunity to share their ideas with park staff. Over 300 people attend the public meetings and the WebEx. We also received comments through the National Park Service (NPS) planning website, through email, and the U.S. mail. We received over 900 comments from over 460 individuals. Comments came from 23 states in the U.S. and from Japan.

We are currently reviewing all of the comments in search of any new ideas or plan alternatives that can be incorporated into the management plan. Once we have completed this task the comment summary will be available on the NPS website at parkplanning.nps.gov/zion.

We are also beginning to formulate preliminary alternatives. In a planning context alternatives represent different means of solving a problem and meeting the goals identified in the purpose and need for the action. Once we have identified preliminary alternatives that meet the purpose and need for the plan they will go out for public review and comment. It is anticipated that this will occur in summer 2017.

In the meantime stay informed of progress on the VUM plan through periodic information releases or by visiting parkplanning.nps.gov/zion. We look forward to your continued assistance through this process.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) First Public Hearing Notice

Washington County will hold a public hearing to consider potential projects for which funding may be applied under the CDBG Small Cities Program for Program Year 2017. Suggestions for potential projects will solicited, both verbally and in writing, from all interested parties. The expected amount of CDBG funds for this program year will be discussed along with the range of projects eligible under this program and a review of previously funded projects. The hearing will begin at 4:00 P.M. on January 3, 2017 and will be held at Washington County Commission Chambers:

197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)

Further information can be obtained by contacting Commission Administrator Nicholle Felshaw at (435) 634-5700.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services) during these hearings should notify County Commission staff at (435) 634-5700 or at the above address at least three (3) days prior to the hearing. Individuals with speech and/or hearing impairments may call the Relay Utah by dialing 711. Spanish Relay Utah: 1-888-346-3162.

Published on State of Utah’s Public Meeting Notice website on December 15, 2016.

Sand Hollow

Notice of Bid Invitation – Old Highway 91 Clear Zone Improvement, Sign Replacement and Culvert Extension Project

Washington County will receive sealed proposals until 10:00 am local time, Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Washington County Commission Office (Google Maps).

Click here for downloadable documents

This project consists of: Construction of roadway earthwork, culverts, box culvert extensions, sign replacement, delineators and pavement marking paint.

Bids will be opened publicly at 10:00 am, Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the Washington County Commission Chambers, Washington County Administration Building (Google Maps).

Notice of Public Hearing for Proposition 1 – Sales Tax for Transportation

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on August 16, 2016, the County Commission of Washington County, Utah, adopted a resolution in which it authorized a ballot proposition seeking the registered voter’s opinion on the imposition of a sales and use tax of 0.25% for highways and transportation pursuant to Title 59, Chapter 12, Part 22 of the Utah Code Annotated 1953, as amended and called a public hearing to receive input from the public with respect to the proposed tax. If approved, the tax revenue would provide funding for transportation improvement such as roads, trails, sidewalks, maintenance, bus services, traffic and pedestrian safety features. The revenue would be divided among the county, cities, and towns in accordance with Utah law.

Time, Place, and Location of Public Hearing

The Commission shall hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the hour of 6:00 pm in the County Administration Building, located at:

197 East Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)

The purpose of the hearing is to receive input from the public with respect to the proposed tax. All members of the public are invited to attend and participate.

If special accommodations are required, please contact Nicholle Felshaw (435-634-5700 or email) with reasonable advance notice.

Individuals with speech and/or hearing impairments may call the Relay Utah by dialing 711. For Spanish, dial Spanish Relay Utah 888-346-3162.

Published in The Spectrum newspaper on October 1, 2016 and October 8, 2016. Posted in conjunction with publishing:

Kim M. Hafen
Clerk-Auditor
Washington County of Utah

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