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Gil Almquist speaks at the Town Hall

Town Hall Discussion Proves to be Valuable and Collaborative

We had an incredible turn out at Wednesday nights Town Hall event at the Washington City Library. We want to sincerely thank those residents who were part of the discussion. For those who were unable to attend, several key topics related to the county were expanded upon. One of which was water solutions and reuse systems.

Water is a precious resource in our county and the commissioners keep this issue a constant topic of solution-oriented conversation. Washington County’s story over the last 170 years is the story of adaptation to water scarcity. Early pioneers in our community worked together to create dams and water systems that would feed our desert landscape. Today, we are modernizing, improving, and becoming an innovative leader in water conservation, water reuse systems, and paving the way for new water sources for our community. Water reuse systems are active today and proving effective in making up for any current deficit while we continue to develop plans for the Lake Powell Pipeline.

Elections were another topic discussed in depth. The Washington County Clerk/Auditors Office is absolutely committed to the county-wide integrity and transparency in their elections process. Our ballot collections take place only at scheduled times and are always accompanied by an additional elections staff member. Each paper ballot is heavily scrutinized for the purpose of ensuring there are no duplicates and every single vote is a Washington County citizen with a verified signature on file.

An additional topic discussed was that of our library system. Library’s in our county are expanding their resources with events, programs, digital/online reading sources and much more. We want the future of our library’s to optimally serve the resident’s of our county for generations to come. We informed our attendees of a county-wide survey we will be sending out to get the public’s feedback. This will be an opportunity for citizens to have a voice in what may be to come for Washington County’s library system.

Again, we thank all participants that attended our Town Hall meeting. It is events like this that pave the way for clarification, transparency, and collaborative community progress. You can count on your county commissioners to hear your voice. We encourage all of our residents to join us for the return of our next Town Hall event, date and time will be announced soon!

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Election Results – June, 2022

Click here to view current results

Primary Election Results are scheduled to begin posting online on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 8:45pm Mountain Time.

  • Republican for U.S. Senate
  • Republican for U.S. House District 2
  • Republican for State Senate District 28
  • Republican for State House District 72
  • Republican for State House District 73
  • Republican for State House District 74
  • Republican for County Commission Seat A
  • Local School Board District 5
  • Local School Board District 6

Click here to view current results

Dixie Convention Center

RFP for Lighting Control & Fixtures Replacement at Dixie Convention Center

RFP Extended to Friday, June 24th, 2022

Request For Proposal for:
Lighting Control & Fixtures Replacement
in Ballroom & Garden Room
at the Dixie Convention Center

Washington County Convention & Tourism Office is requesting proposals for replacement of the Lutron Lighting Control System and the lighting fixtures in the Ballroom and Garden Room at the Dixie Convention Center.

Interested and qualified parties must send us a Letter of Intent to Participate along with information about your company’s history, qualifications, background and referrals from past installations and projects you have completed.

Download
RFP for Replacement of the Lighting Control & Fixtures
at the Dixie Convention Center

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, June 24th, 2022. Proposals may be submitted by email with subject line of “DCC BR & GR Lighting Replacement”:

miloh@dixiecenter.com
Attn: Milo Hughes
Subject: "DCC BR & GR Lighting Replacement"
Dixie Convention Center
1835 Convention Center Drive
St. George, UT 84790
(Google Maps)
(435) 628-7003

Direct any questions using the contact information above either by phone or email.

Publish on: June 21, 22 and 23, 2022

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Harmony Heights Paving Special Assessment Area

Washington County, Utah (the “County”) previously adopted a resolution declaring its intent to designate the Washington County Harmony Heights Paving Project Special Assessment Area (the “Assessment Area”). The County has received 21 valid written protests from property owners within the Assessment Area, which constitute 40.4% of the total lots proposed to be included within the Assessment Area.

Commissioner Gil Almquist delivering a new County Ambulance to the Hildale Fire Department.

Washington County Commissioners Deliver 5 New Ambulances to County Fire Departments

Washington County Commissioners are pleased to announce the delivery of five new ambulances to the following fire departments; Enterprise, Santa-Clara-Ivins, Hildale, and Hurricane Valley. The ambulances were secured in 2020 with CARES Act funding and are now being delivered today.

Washington County has a strong tradition of working together with its municipalities and communities to provide important emergency services and this purchase is in line with that historical tradition. These ambulances became critical as a backup to the already existing ambulances due the new restriction developed during the pandemic which required each ambulance to be sanitized before the transport of another citizen.

“This will save lives across our county and provide critical backup for our emergency service providers,” states Commissioner Gil Almquist. “As we were dealing with the effects of the pandemic as a county commission, we felt it absolutely necessary to provide this important infrastructure to keep our citizens safe and healthy.”

“This has been a long time coming,” continues Commissioner Almquist, “We recognized our residents need for more than one ambulance in various areas. With the Covid-19 protocol, an ambulance transporting an infected individual requires decontamination turn-around time. We want immediate backup availability to residents who may be in need in that area.”

The Covid-19 pandemic increased ambulance call volume and increased the time it takes for an ambulance to become available to respond to additional emergency callout. For example, an ambulance transporting a patient with Covid-19 must be taken out of service for decontamination procedures prior to transporting another citizen. The decontamination process may take as long as one hour.

Providing our public ambulance transport agencies with an additional front-line ambulance will allow them to respond to additional emergencies while their remaining ambulance is undergoing decontamination.

The Washington County Commission was instrumental in establishing the Washington County Medical Surge compact. The compact provides equipment along with the necessary inter-local agreements with other agencies and medical service providers to assist the county in preparation for a medical event(s) which exceed the county’s current medical treatment capacity.

The ambulances remain the property of Washington County and are a key component to the Medical Surge Compact. This will provide critical medical transport capabilities anywhere in the county in the event the medical surge compact is activated- for example the rapid surge we experienced in the Covid-19 Pandemic onset.

Commissioner Almquist and Chief Tom Kuhlmann are scheduled to personally drive and deliver the 5 ambulances this week to the following locations:

Monday, June 13- Hildale and Hurricane (2)
Tuesday, June 14- Santa Clara-Ivins
Wednesday, June 15- Enterprise

Dixie Convention Center

RFP for Lighting Control & Fixtures Replacement at Dixie Convention Center

Request For Proposal for:
Lighting Control & Fixtures Replacement
in Ballroom & Garden Room
at the Dixie Convention Center

Washington County Convention & Tourism Office is requesting proposals for replacement of the Lutron Lighting Control System and the lighting fixtures in the Ballroom and Garden Room at the Dixie Convention Center.

Interested and qualified parties must send us a Letter of Intent to Participate along with information about your company’s history, qualifications, background and referrals from past installations and projects you have completed.

Download
RFP for Replacement of the Lighting Control & Fixtures
at the Dixie Convention Center

Proposals will be accepted until Monday, June 13th, 2022. Proposals may be submitted by email with subject line of “DCC BR & GR Lighting Replacement”:

MiloH@DixieCenter.com
Attn: Milo Hughes
Subject: "DCC BR & GR Lighting Replacement"
Dixie Convention Center
1835 Convention Center Drive
St. George, UT 84790
(Google Maps)
(435) 628-7003

Direct any questions using the contact information above either by phone or email.

Publish on: June 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2022

Washington County of Utah

Washington County Special Victim Public Defender Contract Available

Members of the Utah State Bar in good standing are invited to apply for the following Washington County Special Victim Public Defender contract:

Special Victim Public Defender (1): $64,356 annual compensation plus CLE subsidy. Successful candidate will represent indigent clients charged with serious crimes including homicide and attempted homicide as assigned by Fifth District court judges in Washington County.

Click here to download Special Victim Public Defender Contract.

Contract (see above link), Resumes and letters of interest should be submitted by June 10, 2022 to:

Nicholle Felshaw,
County Administrator
197 East Tabernacle 
St. George, UT  84770
(Google Maps)
nicholle.felshaw@washco.utah.gov
Washington County of Utah

State of the County- Part 3 of 6

With our residents at the top of mind, the Washington County Commission is committed to finding ways to cut costs and maintain our status as “the lowest tax rate in the state”.

As we know, Washington County is an attractive location for tourism. Thanks to the positive economic impact of our visitors to our beautiful county, this lowers our resident’s taxes each year.

Watch this video as Commissioner Snow, Iverson, and Almquist talk to us about the positive impacts that are made by our community sales tax and tourism revenue.

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The Passing of Former Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that our beloved former Washington County Sheriff, Cory Pulsipher, has passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sheriff Pulsipher retired from his post last December after 35+ years in Washington County law enforcement. His love for the people of Washington County and his efforts to serve and protect them was unparalleled. Our sincere condolences go out to his family.

In this video, we honor the years of service Cory gave to our county and the positive impact he made on numerous individuals in our community.

Vote by Mail, Register Online by June 19, vote.utah.gov

Rep. Travis Seegmiller to Resign from Utah House of Representatives

This morning, Rep. Travis Seegmiller notified Speaker Brad Wilson of his intent to resign from the Utah House of Representatives, effective July 1, 2022. Rep. Seegmiller and his family plan to move outside the boundaries of his current district, requiring the representative to forgo his elected position and withdraw from his current election.

“I appreciate Rep. Seegmiller’s service and accept his resignation,” said Speaker Wilson. “I wish Rep. Seegmiller and his family well in their future plans and endeavors.”

Rep. Seegmiller has represented House District 62 in Washington County since his appointment to the Utah House of Representatives in February 2018. The Washington County Republican Party will hold a special election to fill House District 62’s vacancy in the coming months.