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pursuant to Utah State Law, Section 65A-8-212, the following acts are prohibited in the areas described below until rescinded by the Utah State Forester and the County Commission: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.

Old Highway 91 Road Work from Mile Post 4 to Mile Post 16

Road work will resume Monday June 19th on a road project to improve the safety of Old Highway 91 in Washington County from Mile Post 4 to Mile Post 16 on the road from Ivins, Utah to Littlefield, Arizona. Work is expected to cause traffic delays until completion in mid- July 2017.

Work will consist of installing guardrail. No overnight or complete road closures are anticipated. Delays of 15 minutes or more will be common due to lane restrictions and potential safety concerns in the work zones. The work area is 12 miles long and work crews could 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. 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.

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

Bids for Managing Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park

Washington County is seeking bids from a shooting enthusiast to manage the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park as an independent contractor.

RFP documents can be picked up at the Washington County Commission offices at:

Washington County Commission
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT  84770
(Map)

starting Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Deadline for Submission of Proposal: 5:00 p.m. on May 30, 2017.

Publish on: May 24 — 28, 2017

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

Washington County of Utah

Bid for Sculpture at Washington County Administration Building

Washington County is seeking bids from qualified artists to design and create a sculpture to be located at:

Washington County Commission
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT  84770
(Map)

Bid documents can be picked up at the Washington County Commission offices starting Thursday, May 18, 2017. Deadline for Submission of Proposal: 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2017.

Publish on: May 18 — 22, 2017

Billing:

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

FREE Summer Meals for Kids

Free Summer Meals are available to ALL kids age 18 and younger in St. George, UT. No Fees. No registration. Just show up!!! Download flyer (English | Español).

Monday — Thursday, June 5 thru July 20, 2017. No meal service on Friday’s.

Legacy Elementary (Playground Area)
280 East 100 South, St. George, UT (Map)
11:45 AM — 12:45 PM
Red Mountain Elementary
263 East 200 South, Ivins, UT (Map)
11:45 AM — 12:45 PM
(June 5 thru July 13, 2017)
Enterprise Elementary
216 South 100 East, Enterprise, UT (Map)
12:00 PM — 12:45 PM
Hurricane Community Center
35 West State Street, Hurricane, UT (Map)
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Water Canyon Elementary
250 East Newel Avenue, Hildale, UT (Map)
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Washington City Veterans Park
75 East Telegraph, Washington, UT (Map)
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Dixie Sun Elementary
1795 West 1230 North, St. George, UT (Map)
11:45 AM — 12:45 PM

All food must be eaten on location. Adult and second meals may be purchased at a cost of $3.50/meal. CASH ONLY

This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

2017 Tax Sale

NOTICE OF FINAL TAX SALE FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY

Notice is hereby given that on May 25, 2017, at 10:00 AM, I will offer for sale (unless redeemed prior to sale) at public auction, pursuant to the provisions of section 59-2-1351 Utah Code, the following described real estate situated in said county and now held by it under preliminary tax sale. This sale will be located in the Washington County Administration Building, 197 East Tabernacle, St George, Utah (Google Maps), and will be by open bidding wherein the full parcel will be sold to the highest dollar bidder. No bids will be accepted for an amount less than the outstanding balance as shown below which includes taxes, interest, penalty, and administrative costs. Any amount received in excess of the outstanding balance will be treated as surplus property and be paid to the State Treasurer. Successful bidders must tender full payment to the Washington County Treasurer by 4:00 pm of the business day immediately following the day of the tax sale. A partial payment of no less than 25% (non-refundable) of the bid amount must be paid to the Treasurer on the day of the sale. Payments must be cash, wire transfer, or certified funds made payable to the “Washington County Treasurer” in the exact amount of the bid. If a successful bidder fails to satisfy the requirements of this subsection, the Clerk/Auditor may contact the next highest bidder and offer the property to that bidder for the amount of the bidder’s highest bid. If this bidder declines to accept the offer, the Clerk/Auditor may then contact the next highest bidder.

The County Commission reserves the right to accept or reject any sale although it is their intent to accept all sales that meet the minimum bid requirement. The Washington County Commission will ratify this sale on June 6th, at its regular scheduled commission meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of the bidder to determine the physical aspects of the land, its geographical location, accessibility, and availability or validity of water rights.

Kim M. Hafen
WASHINGTON COUNTY CLERK/AUDITOR

Published in the Spectrum
April 30 and May 7, 14 & 21, 2017

National Service Recognition Day, April 4

National Service Recognition Day in Washington County

PROCLAMATION NO. 2017-4
APRIL 4, 2017

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenges; and

WHEREAS, the nation’s counties are increasingly turning to service organized by AmeriCorps and Senior Corps (“national service”) and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet county needs; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants address the most pressing challenges facing our communities, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to providing health services and helping communities recover from natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, national service expands economic opportunity by creating more sustainable, resilient communities and providing education, career skills, and leadership abilities for those who serve; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants serve in more than 50,000 locations across the country, bolstering the civic, neighborhood, and faith-based organizations that are so vital to our economic and social well-being; and

WHEREAS, national service participants increase the impact of the organizations they serve, both through their direct service and by managing millions of additional volunteers; and

WHEREAS, national service represents a unique public-private partnership that invests in community solutions and leverages non-federal resources to strengthen community impact and increase the return on taxpayer dollars; and

WHEREAS, national service participants demonstrate commitment, dedication, and patriotism by making an intensive commitment to service, a commitment that remains with them in their future endeavors; and

WHEREAS, the Corporation for National and Community Service shares a priority with county officials nationwide to engage citizens, improve lives, and strengthen communities; and is joining with the National Association of Counties and county officials across the country for the County Recognition Day for National Service on April 4, 2017.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, UTAH, do hereby proclaim April 4, 2017, as National Service Recognition Day, and encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of national service in our county; to thank those who serve; and to find ways to give back to their communities.

Washington County Fair

New Building for Washington County Regional Park & Extension Office

HURRICANE, Utah – Washington County began construction on a new building, March 29, 2017, at the Regional Park complex located at 5500 West 700 South (Google Maps). The Building shall consist of 5,956 square feet of office area, and 22,165 square feet of exhibit hall and associated areas.

Once complete, the office portion of the building will be occupied by the USU Extension Office. The Exhibit Hall space will be a great community area where many activities will take place including formal and recreational events. The air conditioned Exhibit Hall will especially be utilized each year during the Washington County Fair providing additional bathrooms and relief from the sun.

MRW Design was the architect and Watts Construction Inc., was awarded the contract after coming in as the lowest bidder. The metal building package was purchased from CO Building Systems, Inc., located in Ephriam, UT. CO Buildings will provide fabrication of the metal building.

The projected completion date of the new Regional Park building is August 4, 2017.

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