With everyone participating or watching from home or some other location outside a city hall vacated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moab City Council in a 5-0 vote approved a resolution that effectively cancels plans to build a downtown parking structure.
There are few problems the City of Moab faces that couldn’t be solved with more money. Unfortunately, there is no more money.
The chair of Utah’s Transportation Commission said in a recent email to Grand County Council Member Curtis Wells that Grand County and the City of Moab have until Sept. 1 to come up with a new — or, possibly, the same — project to replace the city’s $8.3 million plan to build a parking structure in downtown Moab.
Moab City Planning Commissioners last week forwarded a positive recommendation on a compromise ordinance proposal that would give city officials leeway on individual projects to approve, on a project-by-project basis, loosening of the rules that bind lodging developers as they build workforce housing.
Longtime City of Moab employee Rachel Stenta has announced her intention to resign from her position later this spring. Stenta said she plans to remain in her current position as finance director and treasurer until May, around the time that budgeting for the 2020-2021 fiscal year will wrap up.
A somewhat angry vibe permeated the normally less contentious Moab City Council chambers Tuesday during a discussion on the city’s long-term plan for dispersed parking — particularly as it relates to businesses between 400 North and the Colorado River bridge — and the impending Highway 191 widening project.
The City of Moab has appealed to the Utah Supreme Court a lower court’s finding that it should have held a public hearing before allowing the developers of Lionsback Resort near Sand Flats Recreation Area to materially change a previously approved development agreement.
City of Moab Finance Director Rachel Stenta is resigning, The Times-Independent learned Wednesday morning. According to Lisa Church, the city’s Communications director, Stenta would likely remain on the job until May. The timing will allow the city to transition her projects and duties to either a new employee or other city staff.
During a press call Tuesday morning to discuss oil and gas leasing in the Sand Flats Recreation Area that the Bureau of Land Management proposed after two parcels were anonymously nominated for development, Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus called on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to oppose the proposed leases.
The question of who would benefit most from a parking structure currently under design for downtown Moab has divided local business owners, who showed up in relatively large numbers to speak about the matter during a Moab City Council meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 11.
Responding to what Moab City Council Member Mike Duncan described as overwhelmingly negative comments about back-in parking, elected officials instructed city staff Tuesday, Feb. 11 to stripe over back-in parking on West 100 South to revert it back to pull-in parking.
The final remaining sales tax that Moab has left to implement, as allowed by the State of Utah, might soon come into effect pending voter approval.