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.
Road Work from the Arizona State Line to the Intersection with the Gunlock Road
Mile Post 0.0 to 16.7
Road work has now begun on an improvement project to improve the safety of Old Highway 91 in Washington County between the Arizona state line near Littlefield Arizona and the intersection with Gunlock Road on the Shivwits Reservation near Ivins, Utah. Work is expected to cause traffic delays until completion in July to 2017.
Work will consist of extending culverts, installing new culverts, widening shoulders, removing clear-zone obstructions, cutting back cliffs, new signage, new striping and other various improvements. Some overnight and other short-term road closures are anticipated and will be noticed before each closure. Delays of 30 minutes or more will be common due to lane restrictions and potential safety concerns in the work zones. The work area is 16.7 miles long and work crews will be working at many different locations throughout the project. Reduced speeds will be enforced through the work areas.
Please make your travel plans anticipating these delays and closures. The public is encouraged to use Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge as their main travel way during this period of time to allow the construction crews to work and increase safety in the work zones.
The information contained herein is provided as required by Utah statute, Section 59-2-1332.5 UCA.
Records of the Washington County Treasurer reflect unpaid 2016 taxes, certifications, and attachments which became delinquent on December 1, 2016 for the taxpayers and parcels listed. Penalties are imposed as required by Utah law, Section 59-2-1331 UCA. If the delinquent taxes, certifications, attachments and penalties remain unpaid after January 31, 2017, interest accrues at the rate established by Utah law, Section 59-2-1331 UCA, from January 1, 2017 until paid in full. Interest accrues on the full amount due, including the penalty amount.
This publication is intended to notify owners, lenders, and other interested parties of the delinquencies in an effort to facilitate correction of errors in the public record, if any, and to assure collection of delinquencies from appropriate parties. Please notify the Treasurer’s Office immediately if you do not agree with the information contained in this record.
This record is current as of Janurary 3, 2017 and is static data. The amounts represent the balance due as of December 28, 2016 and should not be used for payoff purposes as additional interest may accrue.
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
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.
NOTICE is hereby given that there are two (2) vacancies on the Washington County Planning Commission.
To qualify for appointment to that Board, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a U.S. Citizen;
- Reside in Washington County;
- Be registered to vote in Washington County
Those wishing to serve on the Washington County Planning Commission should submit a Candidate for Appointment form (click here to download) to the Washington County Commission Office (Google Maps) no later than Thursday, December 29, 2016.
The County Commission will consider the nominees for appointment to this board at its January 17, 2017, County Commission meeting.
Published in The Spectrum December 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2016.
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).
Click here to download all Draft Sections for Resource Management Plans.
The draft sections for Resource Management Plans are available for review and reference for upcoming meeting at Washington County of Utah Commission Chambers (Map).
St. George, Utah (Nov. 3, 2016) — Washington County Commissioners are unveiling a new campaign that encourages Washington County residents and visitors to help keep public lands clean. The campaign inspires and invites individuals and groups to “Give Your Land a Hand” and help keep Washington County Clean.
The initiative, will utilize Video Animation, Social Media, Radio and TV spots, along with Signage and Community Clean-up Activities to inspire action and educate people on how they can help.
The website www.giveyourlandahand.com provides campaign details including a 30-second jingle by locally renowned vocal artist Lyndy Butler. Visit the site for information on how to get involved as well as “how to” tips for disposing different types of waste in partnership with the Washington County Solid Waste district.
“Outdoor recreation is important to our local economy and it is one of the things that makes living in Washington County so great. It is vital that we all take proper care of our lands,” said Commissioner Victor Iverson. “Our aim is for this campaign to be an ongoing effort reminding multiple generations of Washington County residents of the importance of maintaining clean and attractive public lands and to help stop illegal dumping. We believe this is going to be a wonderful tool in engaging folks in this very important subject matter.”
Public lands have always been a part Washington County’s heritage and lifestyle in particular. Washington County offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational possibilities on public lands, including hunting, fishing and camping.
“Our county has so much to offer, from unlimited recreational opportunities to the quietness of a peaceful desert,” said Commissioner Alan Gardner. “We need your help to keep our public lands free from trash and debris. You can help today – and it is easy. Simply pick up the trash you see — don’t depend on others to clean up.”
Special clean-up days will soon be announced, giving local groups an opportunity to put together a cleaning crew and help in the effort.
The Give Your Land a Hand campaign is a combined effort of the County Commission along with several partners including Washington County Solid Waste.
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Stay Tune! Starting at 8:30 pm, we will begin posting Election Results.
I want to apologize to anyone who had a longer wait this morning to vote, to anyone who had a poor voting experience or had unexpected heartburn because a number of our voting machines were not working when the polls opened this morning. We had an error in programming the “memory cards”. That error originated in our office. Once the error was discovered, we went about re-programming the memory cards in question and those corrected cards started to be delivered at about 8:30 am — the final corrected cards were delivered shortly after noon. We had number of people from various county departments help in getting those corrected cards delivered. I appreciate their help. Again, I apologize for what happened.
Kim M Hafen
Washington County Clerk-Auditor