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    Canyonlands Field Airport Director Judd Hill will leave his position later this year to take a job with airport consulting firm Armstrong Consultants. Photo by Doug McMurdo

    After five years overseeing a dramatic expansion of the Canyonlands Field Airport, Judd Hill is leaving to take a position with airport consulting firm Armstrong Consultants.

    The announcement was made at the Grand County Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15. Hill will leave in a couple of months.

    Grand County Council Member Rory Paxman, the council’s liaison to the Airport Advisory Board, said Hill “was one of the good employees” in Grand County.

    Thanks in large part to Hill’s success in growing the airport, the search for his successor will be national and the council approved moving the pay from a Grade 15 to a Grade 21 – roughly $80,400 per year.

    In other news the Grand County Council did the following:

    • Adopted an ordinance approving the View Gate Terrace High-Density Housing Overlay development application, master plan and development agreement after the developer radically scaled back plans for the subdivision at 1248 South Highway 191;
    • Took action on phase 1 of the Arroyo Crossing development, which will feature 300 affordable homes at build-out. The council approved the planned unit development overlay, master plan and development agreement for the subdivision at 2022 Spanish Valley Dr., as well as the phase 1 final plat and subdivision improvement agreement;
    • Approved, pending signoff from Grand County Attorney Christina Sloan, a plan to install a Verizon cell tower on the grounds of Old Spanish Trail Arena;
    • Approved an independent contract with Love Communications to be the Moab Area Travel Council’s media company of record;
    • Proclaimed October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Abi Taylor of Seekhaven said 89 people were provided emergency shelter in 2018, including 33 children. A total of 343 people were served – a 24 percent jump from the previous year and nearly 100 percent since 2014. Taylor said the first nine months of 2019 were busy as Seekhaven has provided $95,000 to clients who have needed help with rent, utilities, counseling, legal fees and other assistance.

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