Ground Breaking for New Receiving Center

Our New Receiving Center is Underway

Breaking Ground to Make a Difference:

Washington County and Southwest Behavioral Health broke ground for Washington County’s new Receiving Center on Friday, March 18th in efforts to help bridge current gaps in behavioral health and substance abuse crises. This new location will be at 5500 W. (Regional Park Road) in Hurricane, Utah.

The Washington County Receiving Center will be a short-term, crisis-care facility for individuals dealing with mental health or substance abuse crises. When appropriate, law enforcement officers will take people to the center instead of jail or the St. George Regional Hospital. Additionally, the Receiving Center will provide walk-in services for individuals or families in crisis.

“So many of our families find themselves dealing with mental health or addiction issues at some point in time,” Commissioner Victor Iverson said. “This Receiving Center will be a valuable resource for families and individuals in crisis. It will also strengthen our law enforcement’s ability to respond to difficult situations with increased effectiveness and bring hope to neighbors and friends who find themselves in hopeless situations.”

The Receiving Center will be centrally located in the county, just off SR-9 near Legacy Park. It will be a short-term, stabilizing facility designed to respond to emergency situations. Southwest Behavioral Health will be running the facility once it is complete, using their knowledge and expertise to help monitor individuals in crisis. Additionally, they will help develop plans so that after the immediate crisis is over, individuals will be connected with other community resources that provide a long-term solution.

We are excited to have this resource in our community and want to thank everyone in attendance at the groundbreaking event. Special thanks to Governor Spencer Cox, Members of the Utah Legislature, MRW Design, Watts Construction, Southwest Behavioral Health, Intermountain Healthcare, and other key stakeholders.

Dixie Convention Center

RFP for Replacement of the Cooling Tower At the Dixie Convention Center

Request For Proposal for:
Replacement of the Cooling Tower
at the Dixie Convention Center

Washington County Convention & Tourism Office is requesting proposals replacement of the cooling tower at the Dixie Convention Center.

Proposals must include the removal and discarding of the old cooling tower, a suitable replacement for the old cooling tower, and the installation of the new cooling tower, with all the pipes, joints, elbows, connectors, etc., needed to connect the new cooling tower to the existing HVAC Chillers inlet and returns and water hookups. Must include freight charges, any factory authorized start-up services, and a timeline during which the work will be completed.

Download
RFP for Replacement of the Cooling Tower
at the Dixie Convention Center

Proposals will be accepted until April 1st, 2022. Proposals may be submitted by email:

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

Proposals may be submitted by mail or email. Proposals must be marked or the email subject line must read “DCC Cooling Tower Replacement”. They are due in the Dixie Center Administration office by April 1st, 2022.

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

Publish on: March 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2022

Washington County of Utah

Happy 170th Birthday Washington County!

On March 3rd, we celebrated Washington County’s 170th birthday. We have an incredible appreciation for our beautiful home as well as the residents that make it the amazing place it is. In honor of 170 years, the Washington County Commission held a small celebration where they served birthday cake to some of the people that truly make Washington County special — our county employees. Here are some fun facts about our county that you may not know:

  • Washington County was named after George Washington himself in 1852.
  • At this time, the county seat was Harmony which was settled by 15 men and their families that same year.
  • The county boundaries extended 600 miles wide including present-day Utah and Nevada.
  • When our county was settled, the Utah Governor was Brigham Young and the United States President was Millard Fillmore.
  • There were no county elected officials until 1856. At this time, the US population was 23,191,876.

Now let’s fast forward to Washington County in the year 2022.

  • Today, we have the 5th most populous county in the state of Utah with a population near 195,523. In addition to that, our average population age stands at 37.1. The median household income for our county is currently at $71,904 and growing.
  • The county seat has now changed from Harmony to St. George.
  • Our current county elected officials are:
    • Assessor: Tom Durrant
    • Attorney: Eric Clarke
    • Clerk/Auditor: Susan Lewis
    • Commissioners: Victor Iverson, Adam Snow, Gil Almquist
    • Recorder: Gary Christensen
    • Sheriff: Nate Brooksby
    • Treasurer: David Whitehead
  • Thank you to all of our wonderful county residents who make Washington County such a wonderful place to live, we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays to come!

    Washington County of Utah

    Receiving Center Set to Bridge Gap in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crises Resources

    Washington County officials, the Utah Legislature, and Governor Spencer Cox continue to support law enforcement, families, and individuals. To that end, they are holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, March 18th from 12:15 to 12:45 pm at 5500 W. (Regional Park Road) in Hurricane, Utah (Google Maps) for a Receiving Center that will bridge current gaps in responding to the mental health and substance abuse crises.

    Law enforcement officers face unique challenges when responding to incidents involving individuals suffering from drug addiction and mental or emotional instability. Many families and individuals in our community have similarly been confronted with these types of emergencies, sometimes with devastating outcomes. The Utah Legislature began funding receiving centers a couple of years ago, and Washington County officials have been eager to have a Receiving Center in our area. A generous $50,000 donation from Intermountain Health Care helped make obtaining one possible.

    The Washington County Receiving Center will be a short-term, crisis-care facility for individuals dealing with mental health or substance abuse crises. When appropriate, law enforcement officers will take people to the center instead of jail or the St. George Regional Hospital. Additionally, the Receiving Center will provide walk-in services for individuals or families in crisis.

    “So many of our families find themselves dealing with mental health or addiction issues at some point in time,” Commissioner Victor Iverson said. “This Receiving Center will be a valuable resource for families and individuals in crisis. It will also strengthen our law enforcement’s ability to respond to difficult situations with increased effectiveness and bring hope to neighbors and friends who find themselves in hopeless situations.”

    The Receiving Center will be centrally located in the county, just off SR-9 near Legacy Park. It will be a short-term, stabilizing facility designed to respond to emergency situations. Professional staff from the Southwest Behavioral Health Center will be on hand to monitor individuals and to help develop plans so that after the immediate crisis is over, individuals will be connected with other community resources that provide a long-term solution.

    “This center will be a safe place to stabilize people in immediate need, while long-term, personalized solutions are found,” Commissioner Iverson emphasized. “Washington County is proud to be building this center with our city, state, law enforcement, and mental health partners. We appreciate their support and collaboration as we all seek to find answers to these very complex problems.”

    The Washington County Commissioners will join with Governor Spencer Cox, members of the Utah State Senate and House of Representatives, County Sheriff Nate Brooksby, County Attorney Eric Clarke, representatives from Southwest Behavioral Health Center and Intermountain Healthcare, as well as other key stakeholders for the groundbreaking. Members of the public are also invited to attend.

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

    Elections Announcement – Deadline for Party Affiliation

    Deadline for Party Affiliation

    Per Utah state law, the deadline for voters to update their party affiliation is March 31st for the 2022 Primary Election.

    Partisan Primary elections are when individual political parties select the candidate that will represent their party in the November General Election. Each political party in Utah decides whether they will have an “open” primary election (open to all registered voters regardless of which party they are affiliated with) or a “closed” primary election (closed to any voter not registered with that specific party).

    The following political parties will have an OPEN primary: Democratic Party, Independent American Party and the United Utah Party. Any registered voter may request to receive an OPEN primary ballot.

    The following political parties will have a CLOSED primary: Constitution Party, Libertarian Party and the Republican Party. Voters must be affiliated with the CLOSED primary party to be able to receive a ballot.

    If you are already affiliated with a political party that is having a primary election, you will be mailed that party’s ballot, unless you have selected another political party choice.

    Not every registered voter will receive a ballot because some political parties will not need to have a Primary Election.

    Additionally, if you are an UNAFFILIATED voter, a ballot will not be mailed to you. However, if you would like to participate in a primary election, you still have some options including requesting a ballot for an open primary or affiliating with one of the closed primary parties.

    If you would like a ballot for an OPEN primary party, please update your ballot preference by going to www.vote.utah.gov or contacting the County Clerk’s office at elections.utah.gov or call (435) 986-3399.

    If you would like a ballot for a CLOSED primary party, you will need to affiliate with that political party no later than March 31st. Your party affiliation can be updated by going to www.vote.utah.gov or in person at the county clerk’s office.

    Voters may only vote in ONE primary per election cycle. We encourage everyone to double check their voter registration information to ensure their political party affiliation is correct.

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

    Utah State Legislature Alters Filing Period For Declaration of Candidacy

    The Utah State Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 170 which alters the candidate filing period for the 2022 Regular Primary Election by one week.

    The Washington County Clerk/Auditor’s Office is charged with administering elections in Washington County and therefore wishes to increase public awareness of this change to Utah state law.

    Click here to read full details about Utah State Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 170.

    Snow Canyon Overlook

    SR-18 Road Construction Project Info

    Road Construction Project
    SR-18 Widening

    Washington County is working in conjunction with Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to add approximately eighteen feet (18′) of additional pavement to Northbound SR-18 from The Ledges to the North Snow Canyon entrance. This project will begin on Monday, February 14, 2022. Completion is expected no later than Sunday, May 01, 2022. Please be aware of construction vehicles during this time.

    SR-18 Road Construction Project Info – The Ledges to North Snow Canyon

    Legacy Park Warmup Area by Covered Arena

    RFP for Legacy Park Warmup Area by Covered Arena

    Request For Proposal for:
    Legacy Park Warmup Area by Covered Arena

    Washington County Legacy Park is seeking sealed-bid proposals from Licensed General Building contractors to acquire any necessary permits, and provide equipment and labor for all labor, materials and permits for a metal cover over warm up area.

    Download details for RFP — Legacy Park Warmup Area by Covered Arena

    Proposals shall be submitted to:

    Marked with: "LEGACY PARK WARM UP ARENA COVER"
    Washington County Commission
    197 East Tabernacle
    St. George, UT  84770
    (Google Maps)
    

    Proposals may be submitted in hardcopy format. Facsimile or emailed proposals will NOT be accepted. Proposals must be marked “LEGACY PARK WARM UP ARENA COVER”. They are due in the Washington County Commission office by 5:00 pm local time on Monday, February 28, 2022. A public opening of the proposals will be held the following day after the submission deadline at the Washington County Commission Chamber.