Wednesday, September 26, 2018

St. George City approves $23 million bid to replace runway ahead of airport closure

A St. George-based company has been chosen to replace thousands of feet of runway at the St. George Regional Airport during the facility’s temporary closure next year. A bid in the amount of $23,656,217 was awarded to JP Excavating to replace the runway, which has sustained extensive water damage in the years since it was built.

Approximately 7,000 feet of runway will be removed and replaced. About 5,400 feet in the center of the runway will also be excavated 17 feet down to remove blue clay. The contractor will then place a water barrier over the entire 7,000 feet of replaced runway. The project is expected to take four months to complete, requiring the airport to be closed to all flights from April 25-Aug. 21, 2019. St. George News

Litehouse expands

Litehouse Foods in Hurricane is cutting the ribbon Wednesday on a 175,000 square foot expansion of its food product manufacturing plant. The company has increased its local employment by 50 percent since 2017, managers say, and the new expansion triples the square footage of the original building. The Spectrum

My Place Hotel breaking ground

Builders are breaking ground on a new My Place Hotel in Hurricane. The three-story, 46-room hotel will be the fourth My Place built in Utah, and the second in Washington County, joining one in St. George that opened earlier this year. The Spectrum

Large-scale resort planned for Ivins

A 113-acre resort with two hotels and a mix of apartments and luxury rental homes, all within a few blocks has been proposed in Ivins. Snow Canyon Resort would be an ambitious project planned for the red-rock landscape south of Snow Canyon State Park. Developers filed a concept plan that describes more than 1,000 building lots at the site, with a mixture of commercial and residential uses.

The proposal would add significantly to the building profile of Ivins, with its existing population of about 8,000, and it is already garnering opposition from neighbors. Some neighbors say the project promises more traffic, multistory buildings obscuring the views and a general change to the overall character of the community.

City officials were quick to reiterate that no formal decisions have been made, noting that residents will have ample opportunity to hear more about the plans before they can pass. The Spectrum

Kanab City Council earmarks $16 million to fix storm water woes ... from new rate hike

Kanab City plans to address floodwater mitigation in the coming months by first redoing the retention pond north of Jacob Hamblin Park, followed by projects in the Cedar Heights subdivision, a Swapp Drive retention basin, further work at the mouth of Tom’s Canyon, Stansfield Dr. modifications up to the water tank and completion of the storm drains along 200 North, among possibly others.

The cost of all projected projects is estimated at $16 million, although this is somewhat speculative at this time pending contractual bids for those not being completed by the city alone. Grant money is being explored, and money from the new storm water mitigation charge to city residents will be utilized to fund these projects. Southern Utah News

St. George wins nearly $1 million grant to hire nine more firefighters

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the St. George Fire Department has won a federal grant that will allow the city to hire nine more firefighters. The $993,000 grant — matched with city funds totaling about $600,000 — means the department will have about $1.6 million to help bolster the rapidly growing city's strained fire staff. Deseret News

Kane County Hospital planning on $10 million expansion and remodel

Kane County hospital is planning an expansion and remodel. It has received a $10M bond through the Community Impact Board. This bond will be repaid using the 1 percent Rural Hospital Sales Tax revenues received through the county every year. Southern Utah News

State homeless report shows increase in ‘unsheltered’ individuals in Southern Utah

An annual overnight count of Utah’s homeless population in January shows the amount of individuals experiencing homelessness increased in Washington County and areas in and around Iron County, according to a report released last week. The overnight count of the state’s homeless, known as the point-in-time count, was conducted Jan. 24. The results were published Aug. 8 in a report from the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

Washington County experienced an increase of 98 unsheltered individuals this year over last, making for a total of 154, according to the report. The total number of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals in Washington County is 245, according to the report, which is up from 2017’s count of 133.

For the area of Iron County – which also includes counts from Beaver, Garfield and Kane counties – the total amount of homeless individuals was 42, with 10 counted as unsheltered. This is an increase from 29 persons and no reported unsheltered in 2017. St George News

In-home senior care company opens new franchise in Southern Utah

Senior Helpers, one of the nation’s premier providers of personalized in-home senior care, has announced the official opening of its Southern Utah location. The new franchise will serve senior citizens and their families in locations around Southern Utah, including Apple Valley, Beaver, Cedar City, Dammeron Valley, Diamond Valley, Hurricane, Ivins, Kanab, La Verkin, Leeds, New Harmony, Panguitch, Pine Valley, St. George, Santa Clara, Toquerville, Veyo, Washington and Winchester Hills. The business expects to bring 25 new jobs to the region over the next year and is currently hiring caregivers. St. George News