The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in conjunction with state laws, generally requires that municipalities like the City of Moab establish justifications for its taxation and fees for the sake of “equal protection under the law,” as the Constitution reads. As such, changing local churches’ billing structures will be no trivial feat and could cost the city a hefty consulting fee to accomplish, if officials choose to do so.
The Moab City Council recently voted unanimously on measures to begin eminent domain proceedings to secure rights-of-way at two different locations in conjunction with the city’s wastewater improvement project, construction of which is set to begin in the near future.
Many local churches’ sewer bills increased dramatically last year, most more than doubling, after the City of Moab changed the formula it uses to bill customers. Since then, leaders of Moab’s faith communities have been attempting to get city leaders to adjust the formula, since they say the price increase is not associated with any actual increase in their sewer usage.
In a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Moab City Council approved rules that establish a lighting ordinance within city limits similar to the ordinance passed earlier this year by the Grand County Council.
The latest installation of public art has taken place at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center in the form of a mosaic.
Vote tallies from the Moab City Council election are in. Moving on to the general election on Nov. 5 are the three incumbents, Tawny Knuteson-Boyd, Rani Derasary and Kalen Jones, and three of the challengers, Kenneth G. Minor, M Bryon Walston and Kendall Jenson. Vote counts for each candidate are below.
The Times-Independent asked each of the 10 candidates running for Moab City Council this year about housing, lodging, taxation, compensation, and more in lead-up to today’s election. The field of 10 will winnow to six after the votes are tallied this evening, and The Times-Independent will have live updates on the results as they come in.
City of Moab Public Works employees Lane Gilson, right, and Chet Wareham use stencils to refresh traffic control markings at the intersection of 300 South 400 East on Tuesday morning. The men also painted left arrows and a warning to motorists that they were in a school zone.
Residents registered to vote in the City of Moab have received ballots via mail for the upcoming primary election for the Moab City Council. Ten candidates are on the ballot, and six will move on to the general election, which will take place in November.
The Moab City Council quietly approved an ordinance that temporarily removes as a use by right future overnight lodging developments while staff, led by City Planner Nora Shepard, creates new standards.
The Moab City Council reviewed a draft ordinance from the city’s planning commission at a meeting on Tuesday, July 9, that would remove lodging as a protected use inside city limits, protect existing lodging operations and set a soft deadline for developing new regulations by the end of the year.
In a 6-1 vote, the Moab City Planning Commission July 3 voted to favorably recommend ordinances that would remove lodging as a protected use inside city limits with the exception of existing lodging businesses.