City Council discusses Cedar Ridge Golf Course, adoptable pet vaccines

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CEDAR CITY – Marketing for Cedar Ridge Golf Course, water restrictions and a veterinarian service agreement for animal control were discussed at Wednesday’s Cedar City Council work meeting.

Cedar Ridge Golf Course

A consideration for an outdoor advertising agreement and a request to transfer funds was presented to the council to help with marketing efforts for Cedar Ridge Golf Course.

The council was asked to consider an agreement with Yesco Outdoor Media, which would result in a billboard advertising the golf course on Interstate 15 traveling northbound between Kanarraville and Hamilton Fort.

The billboard will be purchased with applied-for tourism dollars.

A request for a transfer of funds from the Aquatic Center to the parks department was also presented.

Funds were initially set aside for an Aquatic Center sign but were never used due to an agreement with Mesa Hills subdivision. The subdivision needed a power connection to its sign, and contractors agreed that if the connection was given by the city, they would construct the Aquatic Center sign.

The funds were asked to be transferred to create signs for parks and an entrance sign for the golf course.

“I just think (the golf course) is a hidden gem in the community,” Dan Rodgerson, leisure services director for Cedar City, said. “I think it’s really been something that’s just kind of been forgotten about. To me, I think it can be a real driving force in the community in regards to tourism and economic development.”

When Rodgerson first came to Cedar, he was traveling with a real estate agent who was scoffing about the golf course, he said. It was described as having prairie dog issues and being ill-kept.

“I went and played it and he was dead wrong,” Rodgerson said. “It’s a beautiful course with a picturesque background. There’s holes where you’re shooting off of cliffs. It’s really a dynamic facility.”

There are plans to install a prairie dog fence around the course, although the project has been stalled due to higher bids than anticipated. A meeting will take place Tuesday to discuss the price difference and how to solve it.

Water restrictions

Water restrictions were mentioned by the council, since the penalties for violating water restrictions have changed, although the restrictions themselves have not.

The restriction in the City Ordinance states: “Beginning on April 1 and ending on October 31 of each calendar year, outside irrigation using culinary water is prohibited between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.”

Some exceptions do apply, such as new lawns that require frequent irrigation; short cycles required for testing, inspecting and maintaining irrigation systems; use of culinary water for commercial gardens or plant nurseries licensed by the city; and special permits issued.

New penalties for violating the restrictions are a three-strike process.

On the first penalty, a door-hanging notice will be dropped off at the consumer’s location, Cedar City Manager Rick Holman said, reminding them of the water restrictions and the consequences for a second and third violation.

A second violation will result in shutting off the water to the location. In order to have the water turned back on, a fee of $25 will need to be paid.

Upon a third violation, the water will be shut off again, resulting in the $25 fee and a $100 penalty.

Currently, only first-time violations have occurred, Holman said.

All of the restrictions and violations can be seen in the City Ordinance, section 37-7-1.

Veterinarian service agreement

Animal control presented a veterinarian service agreement that would allow them to give a rabies vaccination to animals that will be put up for adoption.

Currently, the rabies vaccination can only be issued by a veterinarian and is the only vaccination animal control cannot give. The rabies vaccination is issued in the same way as other vaccinations and requires little training.

The veterinarian service agreement would allow animal control personnel to give the rabies vaccination if overseen by a veterinarian, which a local veterinarian has already agreed to do.

The agreement would allow animal control to give all of the vaccinations to animals before adoption, making the adoption process quicker and easier.

The agreement has already been signed by the local veterinarian and has been given to the mayor. The item was put on the consent agenda for Wednesday’s action meeting.

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