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Temporary Closure of Washington County Libraries due to Coronavirus

All eight (8) branches of the Washington County Library System are closed as of today in response to the community spread of COVID-19 (New Coronavirus) in our area. We all should work together to minimize the virus’ impacts and keep the citizens in Washington County safe. No library fines will accrue during this temporary closure.

Other than the senior citizen centers, all other county offices are open and will continue to provide services to Washington County residents and property owners. We strongly encourage the use of on-line resources and communicating with county staff via email and telephone rather than in-person whenever possible. We are constantly monitoring the situation with Dr. David Blodgett, Southwest Utah Public Health Officer, and will continue to make adjustments as necessary.

We encourage area residents to regularly check the Southwest Utah Public Health Department’s New Coronavirus website at www.swuhealth.org/covid and to read the reports regularly released by our health department (www.swuhealth.org/covid-19-report-update). We should all follow the public health recommendations, which currently include the following measures:

  • No gatherings over 10 people,
  • Stay home and away from people if you are over 60 or have an underlying health condition,
  • Work and school should be from home whenever possible,
  • Avoid non-essential travel,
  • Restaurants should offer drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options only,
  • Everyone should practice social distancing: keeping a 6-foot space between people,
  • If someone tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the household should self-isolate for 14 days,
  • If you have traveled (international or domestic) recently you should practice social distancing for 14 days.
  • If you experience symptoms (including fever, cough, and shortness of breath) contact your healthcare provider to ask about testing for COVID-19.

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Declaring a State of Local Emergency — LOCAL DECLARATION NO. 2020-11

LOCAL DECLARATION NO. 2020-11

Declaring a State of Local Emergency in Washington County, Utah
Due to COVID-19 and Authorizing Economic Stabilization Measures

WHEREAS, Washington County in conjunction with Southwest Utah Public Health Department is responding to a worldwide crisis caused by the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in China in December 2019 and continues to expand in a growing number of countries, including the United States, and is now present in the State of Utah;

WHEREAS, on March 6, 2020, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19);

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Executive Order recognizes the need for state and local authorities, and the private sector to cooperate to slow the spread of COVID-19;

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic;

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a National State of Emergency based on the continuing spread of COVID-19;

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued guidelines to help protect Americans during the global COVID-19 outbreak;

WHEREAS, measures have been put in place to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19 that include closing area schools and Dixie State University, limiting restaurants to take-out meals, and limiting group size to less than 10 individuals;

WHEREAS, these prevention measures are impacting the area economy and especially the area tourism industry.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Utah Code Annotated Section 53-2a-208, on behalf of the citizens of Washington County, the Washington County Commission declares Washington County to be in a state of “Local Emergency”

BE IT FURTHER DECLARED that all reasonable steps should be taken to stabilize the area’s economy. Three such measures include:

  • Launching a “Stay Greater” Campaign to encourage frequenting area restaurants for take-out meals;
  • Establishing a Small Business Stabilization Loan Program involving county, municipal, private, state, and federal partners to provide low-interest loans to small businesses that are impacted by the COVID-19 prevention measures; and
  • Distributing accurate information regarding COVID-19’s spread and appropriate prevention measures to the area’s population especially those that are most vulnerable and with limited access to media outlets.

VOTED UPON AND PASSED BY THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSION AT AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSION HELD ON THE 20TH DAY OF MARCH 2020.

Download Official Document:
– Local Declaration No. 2020-11

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Washington County Operations During COVID-19 Crisis — LOCAL DECLARATION NO. 2020-10

LOCAL DECLARATION NO. 2020-10

Regarding the Operation of the Washington County Clerk-Auditor’s Office During the COVID-19 Crisis

WHEREAS, Washington County in conjunction with Southwest Utah Public Health Department is responding to a worldwide crisis caused by the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in China in December 2019 and continues to expand in a growing number of countries, including the United States, and is now present in the State of Utah;

WHEREAS, on March 6, 2020, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19);

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Executive Order recognizes the need for state and local authorities, and the private sector to cooperate to slow the spread of COVID-19;

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic;

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a National State of Emergency based on the continuing spread of COVID-19;

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued guidelines to help protect Americans during the global COVID-19 outbreak;

WHEREAS, other states and counties have taken actions in response to the crisis that severely limit the opportunity for their area residents to receive basic public services and those residents are now coming to Washington County for these services;

WHEREAS, an influx of out-of-area residents to the Washington County Clerk’s Office for marriage license and passports exposes Washington County employees to an increased risk of COVID-19 infection;

THEREFORE, BE IT DECLARED by the chair of the Washington County Commission, Washington County remains open but encourages residents to conduct as much County business as possible through available electronic means and should visit the County website to see online resources made available.

BE IT FURTHER DECLARED by the chair of the Washington County Commission on March 19, 2020, that the Washington County Clerk-Auditor’s Office will only issue marriage licenses or process passport applications if at least one of the applicants for marriage license or passport are either current residents of Washington County or own property in Washington County. No more than 7 people will be allowed into the Clerk-Auditor’s Office at one time and only those directly filling out the paperwork should occupy the office. All others are required to wait outside.

Download Official Document and Press Releases:
– Local Declaration No. 2020-10
– Press Release COVID-19 2020-03-16

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Bid for Confluence Park Field Leveling and Irrigation Project

NOTICE OF BID INVITATION
Washington County
Confluence Park Field Leveling and Irrigation Project

Washington County will receive sealed proposals until 10:00 a.m. local time, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Washington County Commission Office, for Confluence Park Field Leveling and Irrigation.

Visit Public Works to download Bid Documents

This project consists of construction of approx. 32.25 acres of land leveling, 2,920 LF of 8” diameter PVC pipe, 1,960 LF of 6” diameter PVC pipe, 12 6” gate valves, and 12 concrete irrigation outlet boxes may be awarded at the discretion of the Owner.

Bids will be opened publicly at 10:05 a.m., March 25, 2020, at the Washington County Commission Chambers, Administration Building:

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

Bid documents may be obtained from Washington County Public Works Department. Please contact Washington County Public Works Deptartment at 435-634-5780 to reserve a printed set of plans and specifications and to get your name on a list for any notifications of bid addenda or clarifications.

The bid will be awarded to the lowest responsible responsive bidder. If, however, the County deems it to be in the best interest of the County, the County reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any informalities or minor defects in any bids, to eliminate entire items, and increase or decrease the quantities shown in the bid form.

Visit Public Works to download Bid Documents

Library System, Washington County of Utah

RFP for Washington City Library Branch Addition

PUBLIC NOTICE

Washington County is seeking bids from licensed contractors for construction of a 474 square feet addition to the Washington County Library Washington Branch. Plans and bidder instructions are available in digital format by contacting Rikki Almaraz at: 435-634-5700 or by email: Rikki.almaraz@washco.utah.gov or:

Click here to download RFP Documents

Deadline for Submission of Sealed Proposal: 10:55 am on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Washington County Commission Office at 197 E Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770 (Google Maps). A Public Bid Opening will occur at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in the Commission Chambers at 197 E Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770.

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

Washington County Shooting Sports Park

Bid for Washington County Shooting Sports Park Practical Range Grading Project

NOTICE OF BID INVITATION
Washington County
Shooting Sports Park
Practical Range Grading Project

Washington County will receive sealed proposals until 10:00 am local time, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Washington County Commission Office for the following project:

Washington County – Shooting Sports Park Grading Project

Bids will be opened publicly at 10:05 am, February 26, 2020, at the Washington County Commission Chambers, Washington County Administration Building:

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

Bid documents may be obtained from Washington County Public Works Department, 197 East Tabernacle, St. George, Utah 84770 (Google Maps). Please contact Washington County Public Works Dept. at 435-634-5780 to reserve a printed set of plans and specifications and to get your name on a list for any notifications of bid addenda or clarifications.

Visit Public Works to download Bid Documents

Gould Wash Scoping Announcement

SCOPING NOTICE
Gould Wash Flood Protection
Washington County, Utah

The public is invited to attend, discuss the project, and submit a comment during the public scoping meeting:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Hurricane Community Center
Bryce Canyon Room
63 South 100 West
Hurricane, UT 84737
(Google Maps)

All comments should be directed to Bobbi Preite:

McMillen Jacobs Associates
1471 Shoreline Drive
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 985-1542
gouldwash@mcmjac.com

Comments may be mailed or emailed to the above address or submitted during the public scoping meeting.

Project Information

Gould Wash Flood Protection Map

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with assistance from Washington County (project sponsor), is considering improvements within the Warner Draw Watershed to reduce flooding to Hurricane City from the Gould Wash drainage.

An evaluation of potential project alternatives and associated environmental impacts is required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ’s) regulations and will be documented in the form of a Supplemental Watershed Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (Plan-EIS). The project is currently in the scoping phase and NRCS and Washington County are soliciting input and holding a scoping meeting.

At this time, NRCS is requesting comments on the project during an open comment period to identify issues and resource sensitivities. Written comments can be submitted during the open comment period starting January 21, 2020, and ending 30 days after the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS is posted in the Federal Register (i.e., 30+ days after the start of the open comment period). The NRCS project website will be updated with the comment period closing date as soon as the date of the Federal Register posting is determined.

Additional information can be found at the NRCS Gould Wash Flood Protection project website accessed from:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ut/programs/planning/wpfp/

Click here to download Scoping Announcement Flyer

Washington County Public Defender Contracts Available — General & Juvenile

Members of the Utah State Bar in good standing are invited to apply for a public defender contract with Washington County:

Juvenile Public Defender Contract (1): $64,356 annual compensation plus CLE subsidy. Successful candidate will represent indigent clients as assigned by Fifth District court judges in Washington County. Click here to download Juvenile Public Defender Contract.

General Public Defender Contract (1): $64,356 annual compensation plus CLE subsidy. Successful candidate will represent indigent clients as assigned by Fifth District court judges in Washington County. Click here to download General Public Defender Contract.

Contract (see above links), resumes and letters of interest should be submitted to Nicholle Felshaw by January 24, 2020:

Email: nicholle.felshaw@washco.utah.gov

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

Public Hearing on the Final 2020 Budget of Washington County

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Notice is Hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of Washington County will hold a public hearing on the Final 2020 Budget of Washington County. A copy of the budget is available for review at the Washington County Clerk-Auditor’s Office:

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

Hearing

A public hearing will be held by the Board of Commissioners of Washington County on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 4:00 pm, at the Washington County Administration Building, in the Commission Chambers:

197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
(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 Monday, December 9, 2019

Posted in conjunction with publishing:

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