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Give Your Land a Hand

Washington County Commission set to launch campaign aimed at keeping public lands clean

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.

For More Information:

www.washco.utah.gov
www.giveyourlandahand.com

Thunder Junction Train Park

Thunder Junction All Abilities Park and Train is NOW OPEN

Last week, on Saturday, October 8th, the City of St. George officially opened with a ceremony the Thunder Junction All Abilities Park. Take the family and enjoy the new park:

Tonaquint Nature Center
1851 S. Dixie Drive
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)

The park carries a dinosaur theme with some great features, like complete wheelchair accessibility, an “erupting” volcano, splashpad, and a “roaring” 1/4-scale train on a 2,700-foot track.

Train rides cost $1 per person.

Source: St. George News

St. George Marathon

Come watch the St. George Marathon

stgeorgemarathon.com
Date: Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Start Time: Wheelchairs and HandCranks – 6:40 AM, Runners – 6:45 AM
Start Location: Pine Valley, Utah

Rated by Runner’s World as one of the four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around” in the World. Included in Runner`s World 10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons and Top 20 Marathons in the USA. It begins in the majestic Pine Valley mountains and descends nearly 2600 feet through scenic southwest Utah, to the beautiful Worthen Park. The St. George Marathon is a point-to-point race which is USA Track & Field Certified & Sanctioned. Runner`s World listed the St. George Marathon as the fastest fall marathon. A fun race indeed–and scenic.

Rigged Elections? Not On Our Watch.

You may have recently seen harrowing headlines like “Russians Hack Elections System,” “Rigged Elections?” and “Is Our Democracy at Risk?” Your Utah elections officials would like to offer our own headline: “Rigged Elections? Not On Our Watch.”

Utah’s election officials are like momma bears, fiercely protective of the security and integrity of our elections systems. Here’s how these systems work, and why they’re safe.

Almost 75 percent of Utah’s votes are cast by mail. The Legislature and county clerks have implemented strict controls to ensure each ballot is safe, secure, and secret. Every single voter’s signature is verifiedby a trained elections worker. Every envelope is scanned before being counted, preventing a voter from submitting more than one ballot. Ballots are stored under lock and key, and at least two elections workers are present whenever ballots are handled or processed. Reconciliations are used throughout the process to ensure no ballot is lost, and no new ballots are introduced. Citizens are always welcome to watch and scrutinize this process. Observers always leave confident that the process is well
controlled.

You might think, these sound like good controls, but what about the system that totals the votes, and the transmission of election results? Are they safe?

Absolutely! Each county’s central counting server is located in a physically secure environment, and is not connected to the Internet or any other network. Ever. It compiles votes from the scanned paper ballots and from the touchscreen voting machines, tabulates the totals, and prints the results. This printed document is the official election record, and is kept by the county clerk.

Clerks transmit results to the Lieutenant Governor’s office via secure electronic methods. After validation by the state, clerks immediately compare the results to the county’s official record to ensure the transmission was accurate.

What about the voting machines at polling places? Can they be hacked remotely?

Nope. The voting machines at polling places are not networked, nor are they ever connected to the Internet. They don’t have modems, network cards, or Wi-Fi. Hacking would require separate physical access to each machine. Clerks store these machines in secure locations, with multiple pre-numbered
security seals to detect tampering. Poll workers check the seals and reconcile vote totals throughout the day to ensure the number of votes cast equals the number of voters who have checked in.

Each machine has a paper printout that shows the voter how their vote is being recorded. That paper trail allows us to compare the digital vote record with the physical record without compromising the voter’s secret ballot. Every county audits a sample of machines. In 11 years, there has never been a
discrepancy between what was recorded electronically and what was recorded on paper.

Your local election official is fiercely protective of your vote. Still not convinced? Come take a look! We’d love to walk you through the entire process. You’ll walk away, as hundreds already have, confident that your vote is indeed safe, secret, and secure, even from Russian hackers!

Submitted by: Utah’s 29 County Clerks and the Lieutenant Governor’s Elections Team

For more information, visit “Open Letter from the Nation’s Secretaries of State to Congress: Let’s Work Together to Share the Facts About Cybersecurity and Our Elections”.

Zion National Park

RFP for Pre-Engineered Metal Building at Legacy Park

Washington County is requesting proposals from Pre-Engineered Metal Building manufacturers to provide a new metal building to be built at the Washington County Legacy Park, Hurricane City, Utah. This proposal is for the metal building package only, future construction including metal building erection will be provided by a general contractor to be selected after the plans are prepared and the general contractor bidding process has been completed. The requested building shall consist of approximately 19,300 sq.ft. and be constructed adjacent to a conventionally framed office area. Further information including preliminary plans are available to the Pre-Engineered Metal Building manufacturing companies by contacting Nicholle Felshaw: call at 435-634-5700; or send an email.

Proposals are due to the Washington County Commission Office by 5:00 pm on September 29, 2016.

Published in The Spectrum: Friday, September 23, 2016 and Saturday, September 24, 2016

Billing:

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

Proposition 1 – Sales Tax for Transportation

Click here to learn about Proposition 1 – Sales Tax for Transportation

At the Commission meeting held on August 16th, there was a discussion in regards to a ballot initiative for a ¼ of 1% sales tax for transportation. To become better aware of the issue, please watch the informational discussion video (click here). It was determined that Proposition 1, Local Option Sales Tax, will be added to the ballot in November to be voted on by the citizens of Washington County. Please pass this along to Washington County residents so that they too will be informed come the November election.

Horse Racing @ Legacy Park

RFP for Public Art Installation at Legacy Park

Project Description

This is an opportunity for a qualified artist to design and create a sculpture to be located at the Washington County Legacy Park, south of the flag pole heading towards the Indoor Arena.

  1. Description of Physical Layout — The proposed sculpture will be located near the flag pole heading towards the Indoor Arena located at the Washington County Legacy Park.
  2. Architectural Considerations — The artwork should complement the nature of the space and the historic fairgrounds.

Policy

The artist retains ownership of design ideas submitted with the proposal until a selection has been made and a contract signed. Once a proposal has been selected and a contract awarded, the selected artwork will be owned by Washington County, and images of the art may be used in publicity for Washington County. This Request for Proposals does not constitute a contract. The County reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal and may elect not to proceed with any proposal.

Selection Process

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee appointed by the Washington County Commission, which may include commission members, county officials and staff members, artists, and community representatives with knowledge and interest related to this project. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the proposal
  • Thematic appropriateness
  • Appropriateness to the site
  • Artist’s skill and experience
  • Timing
  • Budget

Proposal Submittal Procedure

Please submit proposals by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2016. Download the RFP Checklist and Certificate and follow the instructions. The following materials should be submitted for a complete proposal:

  1. RFP Checklist and Certificate — Complete a proposal checklist and sign the certificate. The certificate acknowledges that the artist is 18 years of age or older, that all art submitted is the product of the artist’s hand as represented, and that if the artist’s proposal is selected, the artwork produced will be owned by Washington County and may be used in publicity for Washington County.
  2. Project Description — Provide a visual depiction of the proposed sculpture and describe how it aesthetically and thematically complements the Washington County Legacy Park.
  3. Project Budget — Detail the total costs associated with your proposal, including costs of design, labor, materials, and fabrication.
  4. Time Frame/Work Plan — Provide a brief outline of the steps involved in completing the proposed sculpture with the time requirements included.
  5. Bio or Resume — Provide any information on previously related experience not to exceed three pages.

Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2016 at:

Washington County Administration Building
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)

Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to:

Nicholle Felshaw
Commission Administrator
Washington County of Utah
435-634-5700
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Washington County Fair

County Fair on August 10 – 13

2016 Washington County Fair
“More Fun than a Barrel Of Monkeys!” (Year of the Monkey)
Wednesday, August 10th to Saturday, August 13th

Visit our official website for details: washcofair.net

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Quit “monkeying around” and get your items ready to enter into the fair exhibits. That means your photography, crafts, paintings, quilts, ceramics, wood carving, sewing, baking, poetry, leather… EVERYTHING! We have such a talented county and this is the place to show it off! Enter 8-8 from 8 to 8! Catchy, huh!

WILD ABOUT MONKEY SHOW: You have homework before you see this monkey show; watch Evan Almighty. The same monkeys that are in that
movie will be entertaining us at the fair! Fun, education and great entertainment and I bet they can make you laugh!

AERIAL ASSAULT EXTREME TRAMPOLINE SHOW: Ever watched someone jump on an Olympic sized trampoline on a bike? On skis? Change clothes in
mid air? Better be there!

WILD ABOUT GORILLAS: SHHHHHH! Don’t wake up Samson! He has an attitude… but a GOOD one if you catch him just right! The most realistic Silverback you will ever get to know! He has a girl friend too. Delilah!

JAMES CRISTY COLE FAMILY CIRCUS: A three ring trained animal circus featuring “Two Kooks and a Camel”, Dog and Pony show, Alaskan Malamutes, Aerial Show with lots of comedy and fun!

TANK THE TORTOISE PICKS THE PRESIDENT: Guess what??? It’s an election year! (snicker) Did you know that tortoises have a very special
psychic power with politics? Will Tank sleep in the Democrat Den or the Republic Den? Or will he remain neutral and sleep in the rocks? We have
officials that will tally up the results! Go visit his den!

MONKEY MUGS FOR SALE: $6 bucks will get you a collector 2016 Monkey Mug at the fair from Soda Pop Stop Trailer or the Fair Kitchen… that includes of course a drink. From then on, ALL refills are $1… Yes, $1! (34 ounces)

A BUNCH OF CONTESTS: Every day, all day come play! Great Prizes and Gift Certificates! Funky Monkey Bingo, Who Flung the Monkey Dung, Monkey Around, Banana Blitz, Cheeky Monkey Mini Golf, Monkey Mystery Crate and MORE! See? It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

SPOTLIGHT CITY: IVINS
GRAND MARSHALL: George Elwell
PIONEER AWARD: Emma Fife
FAIR ROYALTY: Queen, Savannah Langston; 1st Attendant, Kelby Morrison; 2nd Attendant, Sara Ludlow

And all the traditional fair favorites:

Visit our official website for details: washcofair.net

Can’t wait to see all you monkeys at the Washington County Fair!

Notice of Intention to Renew Agriculture Protection Area

NOTICE is given to all interested persons that on the 6th day of September, 2016, the Washington County Commission will be considering a renewal of the existing agriculture protection area for Parcels: 3188-A-2, 3174-A, 3185-A, 3185-B and 3185-C.

The existing agriculture protection area was approved on November 18, 1996. U.C.A. 17-41-303 requires that agriculture protection areas be renewed in the 20th calendar year after creation.

Pursuant to U.C.A. 17-41-303, the Agricultural Advisory Board heard this matter at 1:00 pm on July 26, 2016 at the Pavilion in Unity Park, 400 South 200 West in Ivins during their regular meeting. The board unanimously recommended renewal.

The Washington County Planning Commission will hear this matter at 1:30 pm on August 9, 2016 in the regularly scheduled Planning Commission Meeting located in the Commission Chambers in The Washington County Administration Building, 197 East Tabernacle Street, St. George Utah 84770.

The recommendations of the Agricultural Advisory Board and Planning Commission will be presented to the Washington County Commission as part of a public hearing on September 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm in the Commission Chambers at The Washington County Administration Building, located at 197 East Tabernacle Street, St. George Utah 84770. The Washington County Commission will hear all interested persons and entity representatives desiring to be heard, and will give full consideration to all persons. If special accommodations are required, please contact Nicholle Felshaw (435-634-5700) with reasonable advance notice.

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 August 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2016. Posted in conjunction with publishing: (1) State of Utah Website for Public Meeting Notices; (2) Washington County Administration Building; (3) Washington County Library Buildings.