In a vote that surprised city officials including Mayor Emily Niehaus and City Manager Joel Linares, the Moab City Council voted 3-2 on Wednesday, May 15 to approve a scaled-down version of its Planned Affordable Development ordinance, a project years in the making.
The Moab City Council voted to table a vote on an agreement with the Utah Department of Transportation that would put the city in charge of constructing a parking garage in the block northwest of Main and Center streets. The parking garage would replace the city’s existing parking lot on that block.
Moab City Council Member Tawny Knuteson-Boyd told The Times-Independent on Friday, May 10 that she “will run for re-election” this November.
Residents at an open house on Thursday, May 9, made known in strong terms their displeasure with a proposed truck stop in south Spanish Valley. The meeting was also attended by a representative from Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores who drove in from Layton to meet with the public.
Former Moab Assistant City Manager Joel Linares officially took over as Moab City Manager on Thursday, May 9 following the departure of David Everitt. Everitt was scheduled to leave his post on Aug. 1 but resigned early to accept a position as the interim San Juan County Chief Administrative Officer in Monticello.
The Moab City Council passed an ordinance that will allow council members to call into meetings either by phone or otherwise electronically, following the lead of the Grand County Council and other public boards in the area.
Saturday morning, May 11, a woman reported to police that she was assaulted by a man with whom she said she had been intimate in the past. Police arrested the man for domestic violence.
Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, a drunk driver allegedly struck a car from behind as it was waiting to make a left turn onto 100 South from Main Street.
During a meeting Tuesday, May 7 with Arches National Park Superintendent Kate Cannon and members of the Moab City and Grand County councils, officials expressed an interest in implementing a “timed entry” system, thus far known as a reservation system, as an interim solution to traffic congestion in the parking lots and at the entry to Arches.
More than two decades after the idea was first pitched, and after multiple studies to investigate how it might look and be built, no funding has been allocated or plans made to construct a Main Street bypass around Moab.