Ken Minor grew up in Moab and is currently the president of the non-profit Moab Irrigation Company. He has volunteered as a scoutmaster, high school debate coach and administrative and financial adviser; he has also owned the H&R Block franchise location in Moab, which his mother owned before him.
Here is how Minor responded to our three questions:
What are your thoughts on the version of PAD that the city passed last month? What would you like to improve, change or remove?
“I feel strongly that we need to aggressively support affordable housing in Moab for Moab’s labor force. I think that the PAD as passed is a step in the right direction.
“Too many of the affordable housing proposals force local workers to live farther and farther from their place of employment. This does not make economic sense to those that can least afford the transportation costs nor environmental sense to the air we breathe in the winter when that inversion layer sets in.
“I would support alternatives that would keep our locals local.”
What are your thoughts on the proposal for council members to get back health coverage that they lost starting in 2014? Would you like to see city council members’ pay and benefits increased, decreased or stay the same?
“I have not paid attention to the pay and benefits package that applies to council members and how it compares to the time and work required of the position.
“Personally, I think it would be nice to include health benefits again, but again, I really haven’t studied the issue and don’t yet have a position.”
What are your thoughts on removing lodging as a protected use in the City of Moab? Should the rules be less restrictive, or should new hotels and overnight rentals be disallowed completely as proposed?
“Overnight lodging is a really complicated hot topic. When overnight lodging directly conflicts with permanent lodging for our workforce, it is a distinct problem. In some cases, it definitely does. In others, probably not.
“If overnight lodging drastically changes the environment of an established neighborhood, it can be a problem. Again, sometimes it does, sometimes not.
“I don’t think there is a blanket solution yet for the overnight lodging issue. I am not for or against overnight lodging in every case. When we have people sleeping in parking lots, I’m not sure we don’t need more options.
“I’m not convinced that the reason the people come is because we have rooms for them to stay in and that the crowds will drastically increase if the availability of rooms goes up.
“I do feel we need to balance our local affordable long-term housing shortage, quality of life for those already here, and the needs for short-term lodging. Moab isn’t the same sleepy town I grew up in, and it won’t be again. We need both strategic and tactical planning to deal with the growth.”